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Using Stop Motion Animation to Sketch in Architecture: A Practical Approach
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design. Interactive Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1591-7175
Interactive Institute Swedish ICT.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. Interactive Institute Swedish ICT.
2012 (English)In: Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, ISSN 1360-1431, E-ISSN 2040-8633, Vol. 7, no 3, 78-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Widely acknowledged as an archetypal design activity,sketching is typically carried out using little more than penand paper. Today’s designed artifacts however, are oftengiven qualities that are hard to capture with traditionalmeans of sketching. While pen and paper sketchingcatches the character of a building, it may not equally wellcapture how that building changes with the seasons, howpeople pass through it, how the light moves in betweenits rooms from sunrise to dawn, and how its façade subtlydecays over centuries. Yet, it is often exactly these dynamicand interactive aspects that are emphasised incontemporary design work. So is there a way for designersto be able to sketch also these dynamic processes?Over several years and in different design disciplines, wehave been exploring the potential of stop motionanimation (SMA) to serve this purpose. SMA is a basicform of animation typically applied to make physicalobjects appear to be alive. The animator moves objects insmall increments between individually photographedframes. When the photographs are combined and playedback in continuous sequence, the illusion of movement iscreated. Although SMA has a long history in filmmaking,the animation technique has received scarce attention inmost design fields including product design, architecture,and interaction design. This paper brings SMA into thearea of sketching in architecture by reporting on theplanning, conduct, result, and evaluation of a workshopcourse carried out with a group of 50 students at UmeåSchool of Architecture, Umeå University, Sweden.

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The Design and Technology Association , 2012. Vol. 7, no 3, 78-86 p.
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sketching, stop motion animation, design, architecture, Technique, workshop, course
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Information Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81663OAI: diva2:657514
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