Toward a Constraint-Oriented Pragmatist Understanding of Design Creativity

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This paper explores the potentials of pragmatist philosophy to enrich the discourse on design creativity in general and the concept of constraints specifically. The concept of constraints is central in vanguard creativity research, and recent contributions have begun to explore constraints as nuanced and situated phenomena. In this paper, we argue that pragmatism can inspire and inform the study of constraints in design creativity by offering a coherent and well-developed frame of understanding how designerly inquiry unfolds as a complex interplay between the designer and the resources at hand in the situation, which may continuously alternate between constraining and enabling roles, or even take on both roles simultaneously.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity
EditorsA. Duffy, Y. Nagai, T. Taura
Number of pages8
Place of publicationSomerset
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date18 Sept 2012
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-39-1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012
EventInternational Conference on Design Creativity - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Sept 201220 Oct 2012
Conference number: 2


ConferenceInternational Conference on Design Creativity
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • design creativity
  • pragmatism
  • constraints


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