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Fewer Constraints More Creativity? Insights from an Educational Science Fiction Project

Fewer Constraints More Creativity? Insights from an Educational Science Fiction Project

Year: 2012

Section: Education and Practice

Editor: Duffy, A.; Nagai, Y.; Taura, T.

Author: K. Thoring; R. M. Mueller

Section: Education and Practice

Pages: 307-316

Abstract

This article presents a case study of an experimental product design project in the context of design education. Short stories by Science Fiction writer Philip K. Dick were used as the source of inspiration for designing imaginary products within that narrative. Since the project was free of typical constraints, such as feasibility, cost-efficiency, material and production resources, the students had the possibility to try out extremes and push their limits. We present a description of the project frame, the resulting products, as well as an analysis of the case study. We believe that the work presented in this article demonstrates the impact of creative freedom on creativity and provides some insights for design educators how to trigger a creative leap within the students

Keywords: creativity, science fiction, design education, Design for Film

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ICDC 2012: The 2nd International Conference on Design CreativityDesign Creativity is an important and interesting topic of study in design. Since it involves the profound and essential nature of design, design creativity is expected to be a key in not only addressing the social problems that we are facing, but also producing an innate appreciation for beauty and happiness in our minds. In order to elucidate the nature of design creativity, the following issues are being studied: - Cognitive processes underlying design creativity - Computational models of design...

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