Design: The Evolution of Information Punctuated by Decisions

DS 58-1: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 1, Design Processes, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Ullman, David
Series: ICED
Section: Design Processes
Page(s): 181-192


As design theory matures, it is becoming more decision-centric supporting the definition of design as the evolution of information punctuated by decisions. Current methods to support design decision-making are not sufficient in their ability to help teams make the best possible decisions. This turns out to be as much a cognitive psychology issue as it is an engineering problem. Understanding engineering design, human cognition and team decision-making can lead to tools to better support the new reality. The paper ends with a list of needs for design decision support systems.

Keywords: decision support, design process


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