A Study on the Thinking Path Model of Creative Design Process

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Noguchi, H.; Nagai, Y.
Section: Design research and technology
Page(s): 217-222


In next step of our research, we had another experiment to know designer’s inner process of creative thinking by tracing dynamic relations of designer’s behaviors and drawings using two video cameras. The subjects were assigned to design “beautiful tape dispenser” and then to make it soft imaged. As the experimenters had experiences of design works, the inner thinking processes of subjects could be easily inferred from their behaviors. We call this “dwell-in” observation. As the result, it was found that creative thinking progressed in some kinds of thinking paths composed with several searching modes. Based on the results, we presented a general thinking path model for understanding the creative thinking process of design.

Keywords: Design process, creative thinking, experiment, observation, tacit knowledge


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