Understanding the creative mechanisms of design thinking: an evolutionary approach

Katja Thoring, Roland M. Müller

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Abstract

In this article, we analyse the concept of design thinking with its process, the team structure, the work environment, the specific culture, and certain brainstorming rules and techniques. The goal of this work is to understand how the creative mechanisms of design thinking work and how they might be improved. For this purpose, we refer to the idea of creativity as an evolutionary process, which is determined by generation (i.e., recombination and mutation), selection, and retention of ideas. We evaluate the design thinking process in terms of its capabilities to activate these mechanisms, and we propose possible improvements. This paper contributes to a better understanding of creative design processes in general and the design thinking process in particular, and will serve as a foundation for further research about creative mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDESIRE '11
Subtitle of host publicationProcedings of the Second Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design
EditorsJ.B. Martens, P. Markopoulos, C.J. Hooper
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages137–147
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0754-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design, DESIRE 2011 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 19 Oct 201121 Oct 2011
Conference number: 2

Conference

Conference2nd Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design, DESIRE 2011
Abbreviated titleDESIRE
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period19/10/1121/10/11

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