Year: 2015
Editor: Guy Bingham, Darren Southee, John McCardle, Ahmed Kovacevic, Erik Bohemia, Brian Parkinson
Author: Andres Caro Del Castillo
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science
Section: Design Teaching Methods
Page(s): 387-392
ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9


This paper seeks to provide a method of developing innovative thoughts, theories and ways of doing
by unearthing and reconsidering theories proposed as a reaction to the circumstances created by the
Industrial Revolution. These theories might not have had the desired impact at that time, but this study
offers the option of looking at them through the eyes of the present and merging them with new
conceptions and ideologies. In this way, it is possible to generate innovative and practical ways of
solving problems that emerged more than a hundred years ago and with which we still struggle. The
central purpose of this paper is to prove how innovation can also be found in past studies and thoughts
if they are applied in different ways, with new tools and in a contemporary context. Once all these has
been stated the main aim or research question of this work is formulated as following: How to provide
a way to generate innovative and relevant ways of product development that might generate higher
ethical standards within product and industrial design theory, based on hypotheses and propositions
formulated in reaction to the Industrial Revolution

Keywords: Innovation, ethics, design processes, theories, industrial arts

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