How Materials Support Conceptual Blending in Ideation

Michael Mose Biskjaer, Aron Daniel Fischel, Graham Dove, Kim Halskov

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While combining materials as sources of inspiration is a familiar strategy in design ideation, the intricacy of how materials affect the emergence of concepts has not been fully examined. This paper offers a detailed analysis of a sequence of a design ideation workshop using conceptual blending as an explanatory model to pry open the complexity of this activity, showing how research on design materials improves insight into how a design concept emerges. We show this empirically in a second-by- second analysis of a card-based design ideation episode using a multi-touch surface table. We offer process-analytical evidence for the case that manipulation of design materials helps stabilize an emerging concept, as conceptual blending research has shown by analyzing artifacts, and extend this work by showing the dynamic interplay between the emerging conceptual blend and participants’ collaborative interaction with the materials. Our study advances understanding of interaction with materials in design ideation and aims to facilitate future research on how materials support conceptual blending as a useful model of how design concepts emerge.
TitelProceedings of the 2018 Design Research Society Conference (DRS 2018)
RedaktørerCristiano Storni, Keelin Leahy, Muireann McMahon, Erik Bohemia, Peter Lloyd
Antal sider15
ForlagDesign Research Society
Publikationsdato25 jun. 2018
KapitelSection 11
ISBN (Elektronisk) 978-1-912294-28-2
StatusUdgivet - 25 jun. 2018
BegivenhedThe Design Research Society Conference 2018 - University of Limerick, Limerick, Irland
Varighed: 25 jun. 201828 jun. 2018


KonferenceThe Design Research Society Conference 2018
LokationUniversity of Limerick