Building the Design Foundation: Pillar 4

By Kate

If you’re new to 3D Perspectives, we’ve been talking about Dassault Systèmes’ Design mission and getting to know the DS Design Studio. I’ve covered Design DNA, all sorts of spirals, and fun technology powering experience design. So now you’re ready to learn about the DS Design Studio’s fourth and last pillar.

Pillar 4: Design Ecosystem:

Beyond a PLM and Design culture-changer, the DS Design Studio is a Design consultant for external and internal customers. Whether a Dassault Systèmes client or someone internally has a product design need, the DS Design Studio is available for advice but also practical help. They can design your desired product in CATIA and see it through to production. They can also help you build a lifelike product experience scenario for design reviews. The Design Ecosystem is the web of players involved with DS Design Studio and is composed of several types of partners.

• Design schools (i.e. Strate College, CCS)
• Design shops (i.e. Nori Inc., 3e-Oeil)
• Design customers (i.e. aerospace OEM)

For example, the DS Design Studio is working with an aerospace OEM to design the interior cabin for a line of business jets as well as the lifelike experience for the design review. I’ll go into more about the schools in another blog series, maybe Design Series 2.

So there you have it, the four pillars of DS Design Studio.

• Design Image
• Design R&D Solutions
• Design Experience
• Design Ecosystem

Stay tuned to meet the people behind the studio . . .

Best,

Kate

Building the Design Foundation: Pillar 3

By Kate

The DS Design Studio is not just about Design Image and Design R&D Solutions. While we’ve talked about Design DNA within Dassault Systèmes, and the 3D software design solution for the design community, DS Design Studio’s activity is wide enough to require two additional foundational pillars.

Pillar 3: Design Experience:

For a product’s design to be fully understood and intelligently modified, it’s helpful to place it in its real context, even at the embryonic stage. By starting your product design in 3D and placing it into a 3D environment (including, virtually of course, the objects, architectures, ergonomics, and people that will be using the product), designers can get a sense early-on of what works and doesn’t.

As I mentioned in the DS Design Studio mission post, the philosophy of design experience is about “usage scenarios, or human needs and desires, and spirals to creative problem solving, the design of products, products within our environment, environments composing our experiences, and our experiences within our real lives.”

We see a lot of architecture designers placing their buildings in 3D contexts representing the neighborhoods, towns, or natural environments that will serve as home-sweet-home to the structures themselves. And inversely, they’re filling the interior of these structures with 3D representations of the objects, decoration and people that will fill them. The Weburbanist blog features some gorgeous and thought provoking examples of these in its 3D Farm Tower post.

DS Design Studio promotes the usage of 3D environments, objects and scenarios as a powerful Design Experience context for design reviews. The idea is to create a lifelike experience environment for the products under design.

From 3dvia.com, designers can download thousands of 3D objects to mix into their Design Experience scenarios. For example, today I looked under “furniture,” and there are 391models showing. Eventually these 3D objects will become “smart,” meaning they’ll include behaviors that will allow you to set them into action within your Design Experience scenario.

Tools that designers can use to create various environments for their beloved products-under-design include 3DVIA Virtools, a solution used by the gaming community but also more and more by industrials, and 3DVIA Shape (similar to Google Sketch-up). We can even imagine that more and more design reviews will take place in immersive VR caves where designers and clients can really participate in the virtual design scenarios and “test” the products. I’ve read that Jaguar is already doing this.

VR caves are amazing and I can’t wait to try the new one at DS Campus, but there’s an alternative to “entering the matrix” that provides some exciting design review possibilities. Now you can run, jump and roll around in 3D virtual worlds– literally. Sound spacey? You can catch a glimpse of how in the below video.

Here’s a closer look at the VR backpack you saw in the video:

Design experiencers simply put on the VR backpack (& viewer), step into the dark star/hamster cage, and then can begin travelling in a 3DVIA Virtools powered world. And guess who designed the VR backpack?

Best,

Kate

Building the Design Foundation, Pillars 1 & 2

By Kate

Recently I wrote about DS Design Studio’s mission and how it complements Dassault Systèmes’ mission to help people build a better environment for the future. But beyond a mission, there’s everyday practice. We now know what DS Design Studio stands for, but what do they do?

A pillar is on one hand a fundamental principle or practice. In architectural terms, it’s a “tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure.” (Merci, dictionary.com!) I like to think of a pillar as a foundation. And by looking at the DS Design Studio pillars, we can better understand what they’re actually doing. The first two pillars lay the foundation:

Pillar 1: Design Image:

Direct beneficiaries of this pillar include the group Dassault Systèmes. For example, Design Image is about impregnating Design DNA throughout Dassault Systèmes’ internal ecosystem. DS Design Studio acts as our in-house design studio for anything from event posters, corporate presentations to aesthetic choices for our new DS Campus. For a R&D company to have and access its own design studio demonstrates our dedication to Design, but we’ve got to breathe it to live and evangelize it. Have you started to notice signs of our Design DNA?

Pillar 2: Design R&D Solutions:

I’ve blogged about grafting designers, their philosophies and processes onto the PLM Spiral of Innovation. A good example of this falls under the Design R&D Solutions pillar. DS Design Studio is working with our software developers to further integrate designer-specific functional needs within our 3D virtual design solution, CATIA. The studio is also working with developers to ensure that the software interface and ergonomics communicate intuitively with designers.

Making traditional CAD software designer-user-friendly helps designers do what they do best, create, rather than getting stuck figuring out how to create. I imagine the ideal situation where a designer is working on CATIA but so caught up in their designing flow that they don’t even notice they’re working with a 3D software program. (This is how it is for me when I type; I’m focused on what I want to say, not where to find the “a” or “k” on the keyboard.)

Another key component of this pillar is visualization. Anne talks about a designer’s mission being to “make the essential visible.” DS Design Studio works with the CATIA R&D team to augment the designer-pertinent visualization parameters into CATIA. For example, designers can execute “artistic photo shoots” within CATIA to prepare visuals for customer proposals. They adjust the “lighting” and “camera” to shoot pictures and video animations.

Age of Design

From my take, we’re putting all these efforts into Design because it’s a great competitive differentiator. In an age where we’re overwhelmed with product choices, whether we’re talking about coffee makers or cars, good design, i.e. one made for positive human experiences, is what gets people to buy. Don’t studies show that we make emotionally-charged purchase decisions, no matter how much we’ve researched a product? What and when we buy often boils down to how we feel. And Design is a powerful emotion stirrer. . .

Stay tuned for DS Design Studio pillars 3 &4, Design Experience and Design Ecosystem. If you haven’t already, why not subscribe to lazily receive blog posts in your email inbox, RSS feed or Twitter?

Best,

Kate



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