A Further Exploration of the Three Driven Approaches to Combinational Creativity

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Han, Ji (1); Hua, Min (2); Shi, Feng (2,3); Childs, Peter R. N. (2)
Series: ICED
Institution: University of Liverpool
Section: Methods of design research
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.280
ISSN: 2220-4342


Combinational creativity is a significant element of design in supporting designers to generate creative ideas during the early phases of design. There exists three driven approaches to combinational creativity: problem-, similarity- and inspiration-driven. This study provides further insights into the three combinational creativity driven approaches, exploring which approach could lead to ideas that are more creative in the context of practical product design. The results from a case study reveal that the problem-driven approach could lead to more creative and novel ideas or products compared with the similarity- and inspiration-driven approach. Products originating from the similarity- and inspiration-driven approach are at comparable levels. This study provides better understanding of combinational creativity in practical design. It also delivers benefits to designers in improving creative idea generation, and supports design researchers in exploring future ideation methods and design support tools employing the concept of 'combination'.

Keywords: Creativity, Conceptual design, Design methods, Product Design, Combinational Creativity


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