Campus Units

Industrial Design

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

9-9-2013

Journal or Book Title

International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation

Volume

2

Issue

2

First Page

82

Last Page

96

DOI

10.1080/21650349.2013.832016

Abstract

Generating novel ideas is a challenging part of engineering design, especially when the design task has been undertaken for an extended period of time. How can experienced designers develop new ideas for familiar problems? A tool called Design Heuristicsprovides strategies that support engineers in considering more, and more different, concepts during idea generation. Design Heuristics have been shown to help novice engineers create a set of more diverse and creative candidate concepts. In this case study, we extended this approach to a group of professional engineers who had worked on a specific product line for many years. In a workshop format, a small group of engineers worked with the heuristics in two separate sessions and generated ideas collaboratively. Video recordings were analyzed to reveal how the heuristics were used to stimulate new designs for their product line. We found that Design Heuristics bring order in ideas and elaboration on ideas, perhaps through coordinating effort on idea evaluation, increasing capacity to improve the ideas of others, and facilitating interaction between participants. This case study shows using Design Heuristics can assist even expert engineers to increase the variety of concepts generated, resulting in a larger set of ideas to consider.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, 2013, 2(2); 82-96. doi: 10.1080/21650349.2013.832016. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Taylor & Francis Online

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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