Design and Product Development

Zero-Waste Design Collaboration: An Investigation using CoSpaces Collaborative Working Model

  • Ashley Rougeaux-Burnes (Texas Tech University)
  • Casey R. Stannard (Louisiana State University)
  • Colleen A Moretz (West Virginia University)
  • Ellen McKinney orcid logo (The University of Alabama)
  • Sheri Dragoo (Baylor University)
  • Melanie Carrico orcid logo (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)


This study follows a group of design scholars formed around a common interest in zero-waste pattern design. The impetus for the formation was for five of the scholars to implement a technique discovered by the sixth designer as a way of further testing and validating the technique. Collaborative work can be beneficial to increase productivity when compared to individualized; however, effectiveness can vary greatly based on situational variables. Patel et al. (2012) identified seven categories of factors involved in collaboration: Context, Support, Tasks, Interaction Processes, Teams, Individuals, and Overarching Factors in the CoSpaces Collaborative Working Model (CCWM). The goal of this study is to investigate how the CCWM factors functioned in this collaboration. This paper will provide an overview of the work being done by the team and shed light on why this team has been successful based on the 7 factors identified in the CCWM.  

Keywords: collaboration, zero-waste, design

How to Cite:

Rougeaux-Burnes, A., Stannard, C. R., Moretz, C. A., McKinney, E., Dragoo, S. & Carrico, M., (2024) “Zero-Waste Design Collaboration: An Investigation using CoSpaces Collaborative Working Model”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
22 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed