Reshaping the box: creative designing as constraint satisfaction.

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Show simple item record Stacey, Martin Eckert, Claudia 2010-06-07T15:51:01Z 2010-06-07T15:51:01Z 2010-08-01
dc.identifier.citation Stacey, M.K. and Eckert, C.M. (2010) Reshaping the box: creative designing as constraint satisfaction, International Journal of Product Development, 11 (3/4), pp. 241-255. en
dc.identifier.issn 1477-9056
dc.description Department of Design, Development, Engineering and Materials, Open University en
dc.description.abstract The nature of novel idea creation in design depends on the nature of the design challenge: how requirements and constraints not only determine what is acceptable but shape thinking. This paper explores how overconstrained and underconstrained problems are tackled in fundamentally different ways, using engineering design, knitwear design and software development as exemplars. Problem framing as well as the iterative reformulation of the design problem is crucial in all fields but is done very differently. However, designers face a variety of types of problem, including problems resembling those typical in other industries; this paper argues that a wider awareness of the creative thinking methods used in other industries would aid designers in many fields to tackle unfamiliar problems. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Inderscience en
dc.subject types of design en
dc.subject creativity en
dc.subject cognition en
dc.subject constraint management en
dc.subject overconstrained problems en
dc.subject underconstrained problems en
dc.subject problem framing en
dc.subject requirements en
dc.title Reshaping the box: creative designing as constraint satisfaction. en
dc.type Article en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.ref2014.selected 1366964034_9410010000892_15_3

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