High-Tech Invention: Examining the Relationship Between Technology and Idea Generation in the Document Design Process

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Abstract

This article proposes a more complex consideration of the idea-generation stage of the document design process. Survey data collected from multiple sections of graphic design and technical communication classes show that design software and other technology can help students generate solutions to design problems by enabling them to realize design options that they may not have known exist and to adopt a bricolage approach to design that facilitates the process. The author makes several recommendations for how instructors can negotiate the sketching-software divide in their classrooms to ensure that the invention process is optimized for all students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-402
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Business and Technical Communication
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2015

Keywords

  • bricolage
  • design
  • document design
  • idea generation
  • invention
  • process
  • sketching
  • software
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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