What is designVUE?

designVUE is a branch of the Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) tool originally developed by Tufts University. It is an Open Source project based in the Design Engineering group of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College London. Selected for its aesthetics, usability and maturity, the application has been enhanced to provide support for a range of information processing activities including requirement capture and justification, design rationale capture, functional modelling and decision making. The tool is suitable for individual and collaborative design practice. New functionality includes support for the Issue-Based Information System (IBIS) notation and bi-directional hyperlinking between designVUE files.

With the new functionality it is possible to capture design thinking including issues, solutions and pros and cons while easily importing supporting evidence such as images, web-links, documentation and multimedia files. This enables users to capture sources of inspiration, integrate supporting evidence and visualise design decisions.

Download designVUE

Register your details and submit them to download designVUE v1.24.

Your contact information is collected solely for the Design Engineering Group's internal statistics and records. No personally identifiable information will be disclosed to any third party or used for any other purpose.

For any query please email Dr Marco Aurisicchio, m.aurisicchio@imperial.ac.uk.

designVUE publications

Please cite these articles for new research on and applications of the designVUE tool:

Aurisicchio M, Bracewell R, Hooey B, 2016, RATIONALE MAPPING AND FUNCTIONAL MODELLING ENHANCED ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS, Safety Science, Vol: 85, Pages: 241-257, ISSN: 0925-7535

Hooey BL, Aurisicchio M, Bracewell R, Foyle DC, 2014, Evidence-Based Error Analysis: Supporting the Design of Error-Tolerant Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Part III, HCII 2014, LNCS 8512, pp. 401-412, Swizerland: Springer International Publishing.


designVUE is currently being researched and developed through an EPSRC Pathways to Impact grant and the support of the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames Research Center through the Aviation Safety program.

designVUE was originally developed as part of Digital Sensoria, a project funded by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Digital Economy programme.