Analysing the Use of Four Creativity Tools in a Constrained Design Situation

Chris Snider, E. A. Dekoninck, H. Yue, T. J. Howard

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Abstract

This paper investigates creativity tools and their use within highly constrained design tasks. Previously, a coding scheme was developed to classify design changes as 'Creative Modes of Change'. The coding scheme is used to compare the outcomes from the use of four creative tools (supported design) against unsupported design within a constrained task. The tools showed design space expansion, developing additional concepts to those from the unsupported stage. All four tools stimulated 'Creative Modes of Change', although the type varied depending on their operation. 'Assumption Smashing' and the 'Contradiction Matrix' usually stimulate extra function; 'Analogies' and 'Trends of Evolution' improve design performance. The former two usually produce 'Creative Modes of Change' as opposed to routine. The results show some links between the designer's driving force, mode of change and the design outcome. 'New Requirements' as a driving force tend towards creative change and 'Change in Function'; 'Design Improvement' leads to less creative change and 'Change in Performance'. Hence a link may exist between the designer's driver, the design outcome, and the ideal tool to complete the task.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 68-7: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design
Subtitle of host publicationVol. 7: Human Behaviour in Design, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
EditorsSJ Culley, BJ Hicks, TC McAloone, TJ Howard, P BadkeSchaub
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherThe Design Society
Pages140-151
Number of pages12
Volume7
ISBN (Print)9781904670278
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201118 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Engineering Design
PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)2220-4334

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 11
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period15/08/1118/08/11

Keywords

  • creativity
  • tools
  • constrained
  • design

Cite this

Snider, C., Dekoninck, E. A., Yue, H., & Howard, T. J. (2011). Analysing the Use of Four Creativity Tools in a Constrained Design Situation. In SJ. Culley, BJ. Hicks, TC. McAloone, TJ. Howard, & P. BadkeSchaub (Eds.), DS 68-7: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design: Vol. 7: Human Behaviour in Design, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011 (Vol. 7, pp. 140-151). (International Conference on Engineering Design). The Design Society. https://www.designsociety.org/publication/30670/analysing_the_use_of_four_creativity_tools_in_a_constrained_design_situation