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Euiyoung Kim
TU Delft, The Netherlands

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06/12/17
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A design journal functions as a daily record where the investigator saves facts and discoveries about a particular area of interest. The journal gives the investigator a place to collect comparisons and relationships about their area of interest while backing it up with facts, data, or experiences. Generally, a design journal is a place where designers keep their reflections, observations, and ideas as relevant to a project. Some of these terms assume or overtly state that the design journal should take the form of a physical, tangible notebook which contains dated entries of all your notes, sketches, doodles, and any other record of your thoughts and activities related to your design projects. Motivations to keep design journals 1. Documentation for intellectual property Some companies require design journals to be signed and dated by a manager, or in some cases officially notarized. They are gathered as the official proof of the ideation process in applying for patents or defending intellectual property in court. 2. Mobility Generally, designers are not bound to their CAD stations and instead regularly engage in mobile collaboration with their peers. The journals provide a communication channel with engineers, supervisors, and clients. Since these activities occur away from designer's desk, it is important the journals are mobile. 3. Centralized personal information storage The design journal must accommodate the designer inputting a wide range of information, such as textual information (such as calculations, written notes, or contact details), graphical information (such as sketches, charts, or CAD), and text and graphical information (such as annotated drawings and memoranda). 4. Support for reflection
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