Emergent methods, methodologies, technologies and tools for design and engineering processes

Robert E. Wendrich

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    This (borderline, shallow) paper is a raw perspective, a take on, partly based on, and inspired by the work of Goldschmidt [01], Gabora [02] and Tversky [03] who assert that visual and meta-cognitive stimuli constructed from multiple experiences and multiple modalities in ‘design spaces’ (i.e. internal or external) are potential stimuli in ideation, iterative and creative processes. The cognitive, physical and sensorial capabilities of people intertwined, interlinked, and/or coupled with the cognitive memory patterns form the mental representations (abstractions) of productive thought. Ideas are inherently ambiguous or metaphorically spatial representations that become tangible and visual transformations through intention, interaction and externalization. We concur with them that a wide variety or plethora in stimuli during problem-solving activities or iterative creative ideation processes will enhance the task in finding solutions, enhance the exploration space and make their exploitation serendipitous. We propose hybrid design tools [04, 06] to stimulate reflective conversations with materials, enhance creative thought processes, inspire imagination and visuo-spatial reasoning in design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTwelfth International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering
    EditorsI. Horvath, J.P. Suarez
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2018
    EventTwelfth International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering 2018 - Gran Canaria, Las Palmas , Spain
    Duration: 7 May 201811 May 2018
    Conference number: 12


    ConferenceTwelfth International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering 2018
    Abbreviated titleTMCE 2018
    CityLas Palmas
    Internet address


    • Cognition
    • Computation
    • Hybrid Design Tools
    • blended space
    • design engineering

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