Products designed on scenario maps using Pictorial KeyGraph

Kenich Horie, Yukio Ohsawa, Naoaki Okazaki

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We developed a method of teamwork for a product design in a real manufacturing company, where Pictorial KeyGraph aids in the creative consensus of team mates. In Pictorial KeyGraph, photographs of real entities corresponding to incomprehensible items in given data are embedded to the visual result of KeyGraph applied to their business reports, by users with tacit and explicit expertise in the real world of business on the way of the communication for designing a product. In their communications, novel and practical scenarios of product behaviours were extracted, and 5 new patents have been applied. Behind this success, we found evidences that the team members tend to combine established concepts via rare words in creative designing: First pay attention to popular concepts in their business reports, appearing as islands in KeyGraph. Then, they calm down to speak less, and finally produce new scenarios by connecting islands via items lying between islands in KeyGraph.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1324-1331
Number of pages8
JournalWSEAS Transactions on Information Science and Applications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jul 1


  • Creativity
  • Data visualization
  • Design
  • Pictorial KeyGraph
  • Scenario map

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications


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