Designing for the unknown : a design process for the future generation of highly interactive systems and products

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    Abstract

    Highly intelligent systems, products, and related services lie at the core of our department of Industrial Design in Eindhoven. Based on the foundations of our department we identify three implications for the design process; our preferred design process is flexible and open, it values design action as a generator of knowledge and is driven by a student’s vision on the design opportunities that are afforded by emerging intelligent technology. We critically reflect on two existing influential paradigms of design methodology, i.e., the ‘rational problem solving’ process and the ‘reflective practice’ and find that both paradigms do not comply with our preferred process. They share a sequential approach to gathering information; a formal analysis phase precedes the creative conceptual phase. Moreover, the first paradigm considers design action to be an activity that implements information instead of an activity that generates information. We present an open and flexible reflective transformative design process that highly regards design action as a generator of knowledge next to analysis. Moreover, the process supports students to transform the world, and integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes, next to offering moments of reflection.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
    Pages204-209
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2008)
    - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 4 Sep 20085 Sep 2008
    Conference number: 10

    Conference

    Conference10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2008)
    Abbreviated titleE&PDE 2008
    CountrySpain
    CityBarcelona
    Period4/09/085/09/08

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