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A Constraint-Based Understanding of Design Spaces

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This paper suggests a framework for understanding and manoeuvring design spaces based on insights from research into creativity constraints. We define the design space as a conceptual space, which in addition to being co-constituted, explored and developed by the designer encompasses the creativity constraints governing the design process. While design spaces can be highly complex, our constraint-based understanding enables us to argue for the benefits of a systematic approach to mapping and manipulating aspects of the design space. We discuss how designers by means of a simple representation, a design space schema, can identify the properties of the prospective product that s/he can form. Through a case study, we show how design space schemas can support designers in various ways, including gaining an overview of the design process, documenting it, reflecting on it, and developing design concepts. Finally, we discuss the potentials and limitations of this approach.
TitelProceedings of DIS (Designing Interactive Systems) 2014
Antal sider10
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Udgivelsesår20 jun. 2014
StatusUdgivet - 20 jun. 2014
BegivenhedDesigning Interactive Systems - Vancouver, Canada
Varighed: 21 jun. 201425 jun. 2014
Konferencens nummer: 14


KonferenceDesigning Interactive Systems


  • creativity constraints, design processes, design space, problem space, solution space

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