Design Dependencies Visualisation Tool - initial alpha release

Heuristics play a great role in design creativity and learning. There is generally no systematic method designers can be provided with in order to derive optimal design solutions. In other words, it is neither possible to list all solutions to a given problem nor to prove the absolute superiority of a given solution. However, guidance can be provided to designers in the form of heuristics, i.e. set of solutions validated by practice, which have proven to lead towards satisfactory solutions, but which are not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect. Heuristics express a supposed causal relation between two design parameters. For example, in the context of automobile development, “overall weight” has a direct relation with “energy consumption in use.”

This tool allows displaying the network built by all causal relations between design parameters. It provides an environment to explore and navigate in this network in order to support creativity in design.

Design for X, DfX, deisgn heuristics, design guidelines, design principles
Information and communication technologies
Mechanical engineering

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Bonvoisin, J., Buchert, T., 2018. Design Dependencies Visualisation Tool - initial alpha release. Version 0.1. Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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Tom Buchert
Technische Universität Berlin


Technische Universität Berlin
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Technische Universität Berlin (Technical University of Berlin)

Publication details

Publication date: 5 March 2018
by: University of Bath

Version: 0.1


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Related papers and books

Bonvoisin, J., Buchert, T., and Stark, R., 2018. FORMAL SYSTEM FOR THE EXPRESSION OF TARGET-ORIENTED DESIGN HEURISTICS. In: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia; The Design Society, Glasgow, UK. Available from:

Bonvoisin, J., Mathieux, F., Domingo, L., and Brissaud, D., 2010. Design for energy efficiency: proposition of a guidelines-based tool. In: Marjanovic, D., Storga, M., Pavkovic, N., and Bojcetic, N. (eds.) Proceedings of DESIGN 2010, the 11th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Glasgow: The Design Society, 629-638. Available from:

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Contact person: Jeremy Bonvoisin


Faculty of Engineering & Design
Mechanical Engineering