INFLUENCE OF INFORMATION COLLECTION STRATEGY IN PROBLEM FORMULATION ON DESIGN CREATIVITY THROUGH MENTAL STRESS: A THEORETICAL ANALYSIS
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
Author: Wang, Xiaoying; Nguyen, Thanh An; Zeng, Yong
Institution: Concordia University, Canada
Section: Human Behaviour in Design, Design Education
Problem formulation is an important process in design. A right solution comes from a right problem statement; creative solution may come from a creative problem statement. In this paper, three strategies for collecting information in the problem formulation process are identified: depth-first, breadth-first and hybrid search. How each strategy affects the creativity through its impact on designer’s mental stress is examined. Among the three strategies, the hybrid approach is found to be the best as it allows designers to minimize uncertainty and focus on important design components.