Introducing Students to Conceptual Frameworks for Insight-Driven Projects

DS86: Proceedings of The Fourth International Conference on Design Creativity,Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

Year: 2016
Editor: Julie Linsey, Maria Yang, and Yukari Nagai
Author: Richard, Fry
ISBN: 978-1-904670-82-7


In order to increase their design creativity in a third-year, externally sponsored project experience, second-year industrial design students are introduced to the skills critical for performance in these broad conceptual product development courses. The educational goal is for them to strengthen their judgment, and gain an amount of confidence in the process of simplification, or the ability to organize, group, eliminate, and leverage themes from a large, unfocused data set. This paper highlights the difficulties and successes in working with students toward this goal.

Keywords: Simplification, Design Synthesis, Divergent, Convergent

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