The sketch quality bias: Evaluating descriptions of product ideas with and without visuals

Jieun Kwon, Barry Kudrowitz

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Abstract

Idea visualization is a critical tool in a product development process. From early idea sketches to 3D prototyping, designers often visualize ideas for themselves and others in the process of feedback and refinement. The viewers of these ideas (clients, investors, collaborators, and consumers) rely on these visual presentations to evaluate the potential of a designer’s idea. Although sketching ideas is common practice in the product design industry, little is known about the extent to which presentation quality influences viewers’ evaluations of ideas. This paper examines the power of product sketch quality on perceived idea evaluation. In the present study, a total of 400 participants were asked to evaluate a set of product ideas presented with and without a sketch. The results show that when product sketches were presented, the participants were heavily influenced by the sketch quality when evaluating the value of the idea, and the concept ratings were somewhat different when sketches were not present. The results imply that viewers’ perceptions of idea worthiness are possibly dependent on how an idea is visually presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication31st International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791859278
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2019 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Aug 18 2019Aug 21 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume7

Conference

ConferenceASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2019
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period8/18/198/21/19

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Keywords

  • Idea visualization
  • Ideation
  • Pitching
  • Presentation
  • Product design

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Kwon, J., & Kudrowitz, B. (2019). The sketch quality bias: Evaluating descriptions of product ideas with and without visuals. In 31st International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 7). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2019-97232