Environment-based design (EBD): Using only necessary knowledge for designer creativity

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: Yang, Jiami (1,2); Dou, Yi (1); Zeng, Yong (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Concordia University; 2: University of Calgary
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 1675-1684
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.168


Design is a highly nonlinear chaotic dynamic process with many possible solutions, which requires enormous knowledge for designers. This paper investigates how environment-based design (EBD) methodology can help designers use only necessary knowledge for their creativity based on three methods: information search, knowledge acquisition and knowledge application. The methods are applied in an aircraft pylon design, which is evaluated by two aerospace design specialists. The paper discussed the different roles of EBD for novice and expert designers in regard to overcoming emotion and knowledge barriers to achieving designer creativity.

Keywords: Conceptual design, Design methodology, Creativity, Environment-based design (EBD), knowledge

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