Walsh, G. (May 2010)
This paper reports on the prototype design of DisCo, a computer-based design tool that facilitates distributed co-design through Layered Elaboration. Layered Elaboration is a co-design technique that, until now, has relied on paper and clear transparencies to generate ideas through an iterative process in which each version leaves prior ideas intact. The new computer-based system allows co-designers to work asynchronously while being geographically distributed. DisCo contains tools that allow the designers to iterate, annotate, and communicate from within the tool.