Can abduction research enhance understanding of design processes accounted for by C-K theory?

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Kroll, Ehud (1); Koskela, Lauri (2)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Braude College of Engineering; 2: University of Huddersfield
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 0817-0826
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Design process descriptions in the literature in general and those using C-K theory in particular lack some useful cognitive information that may affect the credibility of the process. Notions from abduction research are presented and proposed for enhancing such descriptions. Specifically, it is important to distinguish between design activities that are intuitive and those that result from deliberation; a topic that has long been discussed by philosophers of science and design scholars. The focus of the paper is on the ubiquitous design moves of proposing an idea and selecting among ideas, and on their execution by expert and novice designers.

Keywords: Abduction, Design cognition, C-K theory, Design process, Design theory

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