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Design Practice Research Lab
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  • Designerly Skills & Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Design Education, Design Innovation, Research-through-Design

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The influence of expertise upon the designer's approach to studio practice and tool use

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Title
The influence of expertise upon the designer's approach to studio practice and tool use
Author
Self, JamesEvans, MarkDalke, Hilary
Keywords
Design activity; Design expertise; Design tools; Industrial design
Issue Date
201406
Publisher
BERG PUBL
Citation
DESIGN JOURNAL, v.17, no.2, pp.169 - 193
Abstract
Industrial design is characterized by the embodiment of design intentions. From conceptualization through to design specification, the designer employs a variety of design tools to externalize and develop design solutions to often ill-defined design problems. Surveys of student and practicing designers synthesise existing theoretical and empirical studies of design practice to analyse designer attitudes towards tool use and effectiveness. The survey studies illustrate the influence of expertise upon the designer's attitudes towards tool use during studio practice. Results indicate a relationship between limited experience and the designer's perceptions of and approaches to iterative exploration and design divergence. The use of certain designerly tools appear to compound a tendency for design convergence and fixation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175630614X1391524057594
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1460-6925
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