Problem Structuring and Information Access in Design

John Dairo Restrepo-Giraldo, Henri Christiaans

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In this paper it is hypothesised that the designer’s initial mental representation of the design assignment has a strong conditioning effect on the design process including aspects like information processing and idea generation. An empirical study was conducted to test this hypothesis. 23 senior design students participated in the experiment. The data show indeed this conditioning effect. Designers follow their idiosyncratic strategy, not much influenced by external information. The question whether it is possible to make the designer’s tacit knowledge explicit through a way of verbal reports could be answered positively, although more research on the method used is necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Design Research Thinking Symposium
EditorsNigel Cross, E. Edmonds
Place of PublicationSydney
Publication date2001
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Design Research Thinking Symposium -
Duration: 5 Nov 2001 → …
Conference number: 6


Conference6th Design Research Thinking Symposium
Period05/11/2001 → …

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