Inflection moments in design discourse: How questions drive problem framing during idea generation

Carlos Coimbra Cardoso, Petra Badke-Schaub, Ozgur Eris

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    Abstract

    In this study, we investigated how questions influence problem (re)framing and idea shaping in design discourse. We analysed the question-asking behaviour of a multidisciplinary group of students who were tasked with designing new birthday celebration concepts. We focused on the sessions that took place during the idea generation phase of the project. Our analysis showed that high-level questions facilitated the emergence of inflection moments during idea generation. It also illustrated that, prior to the inflection moments, reflection built the basis on which high-level questions were formulated. We interpreted that type of reflection as resistance to design fixation. Based on our findings, we proposed a model of how design inquiry facilitates inflection moments during idea generation and counteracts design fixation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-78
    Number of pages20
    JournalDesign Studies
    Volume46
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

    Keywords

    • creativity
    • design cognition
    • framing
    • questioning
    • reflective practice

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