Forma, Vol. 13 (No. 3), pp. 247-253, 1998

On the Dynamical Tendency of Intuitively Designed Shapes

Mitsunori Kubo1, Fumio Terauchi1, Hiroyuki Aoki1 and Tsutomu Suzuki2

1Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University, Inage-ku, Chiba, Japan
2Department of Industrial Design, Chiba Institute Technology, Narasino-city, Chiba, Japan

(Received May 6, 1998; Accepted August 13, 1998)

Keywords: Intuitive Shape, Aesthetic Desirability, Stress Coherence

Abstract. In order to determine whether a dynamical tendency was present in shapes designed intuitively, the dynamical characteristics of shapes designed by thirty students in the Design Field were investigated. As a case study, some beer mug grip shapes were designed intuitively, and the characteristics of the shapes when exposed to a dynamical condition reproducing the usual usage of the mug were examined through the finite element method. As a result, it was demonstrated that aesthetic desirable shapes are not always coincident with the uniform equivalent stress distribution shapes, and that the desirability may be affected by a stress coherence rather than the stress concentration.