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Getting inspiration or creating inspiration? The role of knowledge structures in idea generation

Juliette Brun (), Pascal Le Masson () and Benoit Weil ()
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Juliette Brun: MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris
Pascal Le Masson: CGS i3 - Centre de Gestion Scientifique i3 - MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris - PSL - PSL Research University - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris
Benoit Weil: CGS i3 - Centre de Gestion Scientifique i3 - MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris - PSL - PSL Research University - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris

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Abstract: Every designer-experienced or not-aspires to live Aha! moments, but how to favor these moments, where original ideas emerge, is not always obvious. While design methods often focus on the concept space, this article highlights the role of knowledge structuration in idea generation. By analyzing two cases of idea generation sessions with C-K theory, we show that generativity relies on the designers' ability to reorganize their own knowledge basis and thus create new design rules. " Incompatible knowledge " especially helps fostering such restructuration, and therefore, provoking inspiration.

Keywords: idea generation; C-K design theory; knowledge structuration; design creativity; non-verbal tools (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-05-21
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Published in Design 2018 - International Design Conference, May 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia. ⟨10.21278/idc.2018.0196⟩

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