The structure of creative design: What problem maps can tell us about problem formulation and creative designers

Andreea Danielescu, Mahmoud Dinar, Christopher Maclellan, Jami J. Shah, Pat Langley

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Abstract

Problem formulation is an important part of the design process that has been largely underexplored. Similarly, the relationship between how designers formulate problems and creative outcome is not well understood. To shed light on what the process of problem formulation can tell us about creativity in design, we use the problem map model - A flexible, domain in dependent ontology for modeling the design formulation process - To analyze protocols from eight expert designers. In this paper, we discuss the effectiveness of using problem maps for coding design protocols and what the problem map model can tell us about the protocols of designers. In this exploratory study, we use the problem map model to code and analyze the problem formulation stage of the design process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012
Pages437-446
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2012Aug 12 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume7

Other

OtherASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period8/12/128/12/12

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Danielescu, A., Dinar, M., Maclellan, C., Shah, J. J., & Langley, P. (2012). The structure of creative design: What problem maps can tell us about problem formulation and creative designers. In ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012 (pp. 437-446). (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 7). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2012-70325