Rethinking the Role of Time in Formal Design Theories

M.K. Thompson, M.A. Doroshenko

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All designers and all designs exist and operate in a world with time. It influences all that we create and all
that we do. Yet, the role of time in many formal design theories has not been adequately addressed. This work explores some of the issues associated with coupling and conflict in time in formal design theories. The current treatment of time, coupling, and conflict in three formal design theories is reviewed. Different types of time varying designs and time-dependent conflict and coupling are discussed. Seven important characteristics of time-dependent conflict are identified. Finally, a number of options for incorporating time into the conceptual design matrix are presented and their relative merits are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Product Development : Proceedings of the 20th CIRP Design Conference
EditorsAlain bernard
Publication date2010
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-15972-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-15972-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event20th CIRP Design Conference - Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France
Duration: 19 Apr 201021 Apr 2010


Conference20th CIRP Design Conference
LocationEcole Centrale de Nantes


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