Differences in analogical source selections between designers and non-designers during the collaborative analogical design process

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Lu, Han; Sun, Gang; Xu, Jingyu; Su, Pujie; Tang, Xingyue; Zhang, Yajing
Series: ICED
Institution: Tongji University
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 1485-1494
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.149


The selection of an analogical source is a critical step in the design-by-analogy process. Previous researchers have explored the reasons and preferences of individual designers or design teams in selecting analogical sources. Non-designers, who instead have more knowledge of other fields, may offer new possibilities for retrieving novel analogical sources. This study focuses on differences in the selection of analogical sources between collaborative design teams composed of designers and non-designers. There are indeed significant differences in the selection of the source type, the reasons for selecting the source, the level of abstraction in inspiration stimuli, and the novelty of design ideas between designers and non-designers. This work may provide theoretical guidance for the development of collaborative design tools and methods for teams composed of designers and non-designers with different knowledge bases.

Keywords: Creativity, Industrial design, Analogical source, Collaborative design, Collaborative analogical design

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