Perspectives on Similarity in Design
DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Eckert, C. M.; Earl, C. F.
Section: Design research and technology
New designs are examined in the context of existing designs. General features of similarity are outlined. Similarities are distinguished according to both the type of design activity and the type of design description. Five layers; component, manufacture, product, process and knowledge are identified. Similarities on individual layers and those induced between layers are analysed. This analysis contributes to planning design as well as the use of designs and associated processes in product development.
Keywords: Product, feature, process, similarity