Colour in Technical Presentation

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Salamon, V.; Žiha, K.
Section: Multidisciplinary aspects of design
Page(s): 893-898


This paper considers the gap between the standardized single coloured, mainly two-dimensional representations in engineering design based on rules of technical drawing and new, mostly optional capabilities of multi-coloured three-dimensional electronic presentations, providing new opportunities beyond the mere application of conventional presentation practice. It is noted that the maturing of standards in technical presentation did not adequately follow the fast hardware development and software implementation into engineering practice and that colour was hardly ever the issue in standardization in technical drawing. This paper also reveals few examples, which may hopefully clarify the vast possibilities and apparent benefits of utilizing colour in creating and communicating via technical images, as well as the need for amendments to standards relating colour.

Keywords: Colour, technical, product model, engineering, naval architecture, shipbuilding, technical drawing, design, computer graphics, visual presentation, electronic images, CAD/CAM, standardization


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