Capturing Ideation Paths for Discovery of Design Exploration Strategies in Conceptual Engineering Design

Abstract

In conceptual design, the ideation state of a designer changes over time. As the designer gets deeper insight, discovers hidden requirements and conflicts, finds poor fit between proto-solutions and requirements, he/she adjusts or abandons particular directions of investigation. Thus, there is a continual change in issue formulation and solution strategy. We have created an instrument which facilitates the capture of the sequence of search and solution strategies in association with ideation states. We term this history of an individual’s process in generating design concepts, the “Ideation Path”. Our instrument provides the designer access to a range of intuitive and experiential ideation methods and tools, such as TRIZ, Bio-mimetics, Physical Effects/Working Principles, Design Repositories and several others. Ideation states are characterized in terms of ideation blocks, such as fixation, and the current level of production or satisfaction with ideas generated (quantity, quality, variety, novelty). We hope to use this instrument in collecting data from large numbers of designers and problems, in order to assess the effectiveness of different methods and paths in generating creative solutions.

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@inproceedings{Mohan2012CapturingIP, title={Capturing Ideation Paths for Discovery of Design Exploration Strategies in Conceptual Engineering Design}, author={Manikandan Mohan and Jami J. Shah and Sumit Narsale and M. Khorshidi}, year={2012} }