Designers reflect-in and reflect-on their design process, for this they need a record of their design moves. In many cases the design process is as important as the design outcome itself. In parametric CAD (pCAD) this is particularly true as the record of designer actions are the elements on which the parametric model is built. Current pCAD systems provide designers with limited tools for recording, viewing or analyzing the design process. In this thesis I propose the Design Analytics framework to exalt the design process as an artefact for design; the framework consists of design process feedback, tools for analysis and enabling the re-exploration of the design space based on analytic reasoning. The Design ReExplorer prototype was developed to test these ideas and evaluate its insertion and viability in real-world scenarios through an expert panel study. The results of the study are favourable with positive feedback and multiple suggestions for future work.
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Thesis advisor: Erhan, Halil
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