A LOOK AT THE RESEARCH ON DESIGN IDEA GENERATION IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN: LITERATURE REVIEW FROM 2003 TO 2017
Editor: Elies Dekoninck, Andrew Wodehouse, Chris Snider, Georgi Georgiev, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Ying Sun, Sander Münster
Design idea generation is a significant part of industrial designers work and most frequently associated with creative problem-solving. Moreover, design idea generation is a process rooted in individual knowledge and is often considered a precedent-based type of reasoning, where knowledge is continuously transformed to produce new insights and is perceived to be challenging to the industrial designer. This paper reviews the literature on idea generation in industrial design area from 2003 to 2017. The goal is to understand what happened in the ideas’ generation process in the industrial design area. Most papers have focused on when and what designers look for when searching for inspiration. Nevertheless, the reasons behind of the different sources used during idea generation phases are still unclear. The knowledge transformation with appropriate methods needs to be clarified so that designers know how to make use of various sources to generate ideas more effectively.