Solution Repertoire

Authors Koen van Turnhout , Aletta Smits
Published in DS 110: Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2021)
Publication date 2021
Research groups Human Experience & Media Design
Type Lecture

Summary

Research about design cognition acknowledges the importance of knowledge about exiting solutions. Designers tend to employ solution oriented thinking strategies; they generate idea’s starting from initial solutions - called primary generators; they are known to rely on episodic knowledge and precedent throughout the design process; and they iterate frequently between the problem and solution space . This raises the question how such solutions, often in the form of existing designs are taught. Few design programs explicitly acknowledge existing solutions as part of the designers knowledge base, or specify, for example, what types of analyses designers should be able to perform on them. We believe design education could benefit from rethinking how their curricula handle solutions and from explicating this role. To this end we introduce the notion of ‘solution repertoire’. With this term we refer to the knowledge designers have of existing solutions. An analysis of the notion of solution repertoire helps us to identify and recognize solution oriented knowledge and its treatment in our schools. This, in turn, helps us to make more informed choices in our curriculum development.

researchcomponents.publicationcontent.personslist.publicationauthors

  • Koen van Turnhout
    Koen van Turnhout
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Human Experience & Media Design
  • Aletta Smits | Researcher | Human Experience & Media Design
    Aletta Smits
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Human Experience & Media Design

Language English
Published in DS 110: Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2021)
Key words design thinking, solution repertoire, design education
Digital Object Identifier 10.35199/EPDE.2021.41

Koen van Turnhout

Koen van Turnhout

Koen van Turnhout

  • Professor
  • Research group: Human Experience & Media Design