DesignSpace is both an ongoing project and a prototype system implementation
of the project's concepts at the
Center for Design Research (CDR)
of Stanford University in
Palo Alto, CA.
The basic objective is to provide better access to models
created for any design with spatial parameters.
While DesignSpace currently focuses on the conceptual design of simple
surface and solid geometric shapes used in mechanical design,
we hope that any results of this work will be applicable to
other design tasks when coupled with the appropriate tools.
Short list of slightly deeper discussions:
Projects supporting DesignSpace and related to the
Virtual Space Exploration Lab, a loose association of CDR
projects studying telepresence technologies.
-- J. F. Kramer & L. Leifer
-- L. J. Edwards, W. A. Kessler, & L. Leifer
-- W. L. Chapin & J. F. Kramer
-- W. Chapin, C. Haas, J. Kramer, L. Leifer, & E. Macken
-- W. L. Chapin, J. F. Kramer, & L. Leifer
To date, DesignSpace has not been the beneficiary
of any centralized point of sponsorship.
The project has existed solely on the gracious support of
time, equipment, and facilities by CDR and the following
telepresence technology companies.
We recognize that most all these companies are young
and innovative enterprises, with their own commercial
The fact that all expended the time
of the most innovative people with which we have worked
to make special contributions
in creating special equipment and software to
help DesignSpace come to life is a tribute.
Additionally, the sum total of equipment required to assemble
a single demonstration of the DesignSpace system is
in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Crystal River Engineering Inc., Palo Alto, CA
Division Ltd., Bristol, England
Fakespace Labs Inc., Menlo Park, CA
- Giugi Design, Palo Alto, CA
- Leep Systems, Boston, MA
Polhemus Navigation, Colhester, VT
Sharp Electronics, Cupertino, CA
Virtual Technologies, Palo Alto, CA
from sponsors of DesignSpace.
Past and Present DesignSpace Contributors
Current published summaries:
- ACM SIGGRAPH'93
DesignSpace: an Exhibit of Developing Technologies for Design
Full Summary )
Anaheim, CA, 1-7 August 1993.
The summary is published in the Visual Proceedings.
- ACM CHI'94
DesignSpace: a Manual Interaction Environment of Computer Aided Design
Full Summary )
Boston, MA, 24-28 April 1994.
The summary is published in Human Factors In Computing Systems,
the CHI'94 Conference Proceedings.
DesignSpace was formally demonstrated and available for interactive
experience at CHI'94 in Boston.
CHI'94 3D Interaction Workshop -
last update - 30 Jun 94