A Dissertation Exploring the Issues Surrounding the Rapid Development of Information Appliances by Designers
This PhD by published works dissertation includes seven peer reviewed
publications. The author uses selected papers to demonstrate the novelty
of the work, summarising papers' findings and illustrating as appropriate.
The Introduction explains the way in which the work has developed, its
focus and the raison d'etre for the order in which the papers are
Contribution to New Knowledge briefly summarises the contribution of
the outputs individually and collectively to the author's chosen field.
The Background chapter explains the work's origins, how the author
became interested in the field, how he developed his initial interests into
a research topic and the timescale of events. Two papers; The Virtual
Environment in Design Projects (1999) and Designing a Learning
Environment for Three Dimensional Thinkers (2000) are used as
In the Current Practice and Application chapter the work of other
researchers relevant to the field of enquiry and the current practices of
the design and manufacturing industry are discussed. References to
papers included in this submission are cited as necessary.
The IE System; Origins and First Workable Manifestations chapter
describes how the various elements of the system came together to form
one coherent methodology. The chapter details how the work progressed
from early manifestations and describes the development of the IE2 and
The Trials and Empirical Performance Measurement chapter uses material
from two papers: The Traditional Design Process Versus a New Design
Methodology: A Comparative Case Study of a Rapidly Designed
Information Appliance and Rapid Development of Tangible Interactive
Appliances: Achieving the Fidelity / Time Balance. Through reference to
these papers the author summarises the results of the various trials
described in detail within them.
The dissertation concludes by describing the latest and future work with
colleagues at Lancaster University and Sony-Ericsson. The IE4, IE5 and
IE6 are described and the plans for the future research are discussed.
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