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Advancing Design Activity: Catalysts for Sustained Innovation

Davis, Rebekah, Popovic, Vesna, & Crowther, Philip (2007) Advancing Design Activity: Catalysts for Sustained Innovation. In Poggenpohl, Sharon (Ed.) The International Association of Societies of Design Research, 12 - 15 November, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China.

Abstract

This paper explores how practicing designers apply sustainability issues to design problems as catalysts for innovation. It was hypothesised that participants would integrate sustainability issues as part of the early design process only when prompted. The objective of this study was to observe the degree of variance between participants’ responses during a design task. In order to explore how designers apply sustainability issues an experimental approach was adopted. The pilot study experiment involved an initial interview, observation and concurrent and retrospective protocols. During the experiments verbal, visual and observational data were collected. All data were analysed and coded with the assistance of textual and observational analysis software.

The preliminary findings suggest that including sustainability issues as part of the initial design problem affects design activity and prompts designers to consider more diverse ideas. The paper concludes by discussing the challenge for this research and future investigations.

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ID Code: 9296
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Design, Sustainability, Innovation
ISBN: 9889910144
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Copyright Statement: No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:31

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