About Conceptual Designs

     Concept design is an early phase of the design process that explores far-ranging design ideas which are plausible but which often set aside immediate technical and situational constraints in order to generate new options. The results can be seen in the concept cars from Pininfarina, the futuristic structures rendered by Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and the Christian Lacroix designs on the runways of Paris.

Concept design is an early phase of the design process that explores far-ranging design ideas which are plausible but which often set aside immediate technical and situational constraints in order to generate new options.

Theories

   To some people, conceptual design is nothing more than making prototypes. These same people may believe that a prototype can either be something that will eventually be a finished product, or something that is simply a futuristic design that is not practical.

Significance

   Conceptual design is very important. Without it, there would be no way for all users to understand completely or agree upon the respresentation. Conceptual design differs from the engineering of an idea because it lacks the specific details necessary to do so.

Identification

   Conceptual design is the very first phase of a design where drawings are the primary focus, which are comprised of simple plans and sections. These simple drawings should be able to lend themselves easily to more specific sets of plans.

Features

   There are specific phases, or steps, of conceptual design that are needed to transfer ideas into requirements. These steps include a definition or description of the overall concept, definition of the specifications or requirements of the plan, description of what the concept is intended to achieve and a prioritized list of objectives for the concept.

Speculation

   During the process of conceptual design, it is not uncommon to come across those who believe for a design to be truly conceptional, it must not be practical. There are others who believe that a conceptual design should mirror the finished design in whole, not in part. This is frustrating for the designer who not only wants these concepts to come to fruition, but would like to do so without compromising their thoughts, inspiration and intentions.