A WAY TO UNDERSTAND THINGS BETTER THROUGH DOING': CREATIVE ACTION AND INTRINSIC MOTIVATION IN ENGINEERING DESIGN
Editor: Elies Dekoninck, Andrew Wodehouse, Chris Snider, Georgi Georgiev, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Roxana Morosanu, Nathan Crilly
Section: THE CREATIVE MIND
This paper argues for the broadening of the field of design creativity research in two main ways. Firstly, if we studied not just creative ideas, but also creative action, then this would better reflect some aspects of how creative design occurs ‘in the wild’. Secondly, if we adopted not just cognitive psychological perspectives, but also sociocultural approaches then this would broaden our methodological and theoretical base and permit richer descriptions of design creativity. To illustrate these points, we report on the findings of an ethnographic interview study conducted with awardwinning engineers and designers. Based on this material, we propose a way of reframing the process of designing as creative action, looking at the role of intrinsic motivation and personal values.