MODELING PARADOXES IN NOVICE AND EXPERT DESIGN

Kees Dorst, Claus Thorp Hansen

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    Abstract

    In their ICED09 paper ‘Problem formulation as a discursive activity’, the authors have used an extensive educational case study to explore a framework for describing design as a discursive activity, centered around the paradoxical nature of the problem situation. The ‘working definition’ for paradox that was used as the basis of that paper will now be re-examined, extended and detailed in the light of studies on expert designers. In particular, paradoxes will now be situated as an opposition between frames or within frames. Expert designers can be seen to build up a rich picture of the frames at play in a design situation, and extract themes that can lead to reformulation of the problem as well as the creation of innovative solutions. This behaviour is compared to the ways of working of novice designers (students) in the original case study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting society through engineering design
    Number of pages436
    VolumeVol.2 Design Theory and Research Methodology
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2011
    Pages142-150
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-22-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 15 Aug 201118 Aug 2011
    Conference number: 18
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    Conference

    Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design
    Number18
    CountryDenmark
    CityCopenhagen
    Period15/08/201118/08/2011
    Internet address
    SeriesDS
    Number68-2
    ISSN2220-4334

    Keywords

    • Themes
    • Paradoxes
    • Frames
    • Design education
    • Design expertise

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