ERIC Number: EJ1036893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
An Examination of the Decision-Making Process Used by Designers in Multiple Disciplines
Stefaniak, Jill E.; Tracey, Monica W.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v58 n5 p80-89 Sep 2014
Design-thinking is an inductive and participatory process in which designers are required to manage constraints, generate solutions, and follow project timelines in order to complete project goals. The researchers used this exploration study to look at how designers in various disciplinary fields approach design projects. Designers were asked to describe a project and a decision that they had to make previously. Decisions were analyzed to determine whether they were ready-made versus custom-made solutions. The process by which the designers arrived at the decisions was categorized as idea-imposition or discovery. Results indicated that designers work with multiple constraints while designing, and the majority used a custom-made solution following a discovery process.
Descriptors: Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Instructional Design, Intellectual Disciplines, Program Descriptions, Operations Research, Design Preferences, Design Requirements, Discovery Processes, Performance Factors, Problem Solving, Time Perspective
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