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Sparking potential ideas of 'best-fit' for design- work: a conceptual model for research [article]

Marieka Easterley
There is considerable interest within the design research domain in the possible cognitive functions and actions as 'design thinking' is used. This proposal commences with reference to Senge who suggests, "Truly creative people use the gap between vision and current reality to generate energy for change". He drew from the musician Fritz, who proposed, "It's not what the vision is but what the vision does, " (1990, p.153). The imagined ideal in a vision seems to act like a spike setting off
more » ... ke setting off self-urging creative intuitions and insights and instinctive reactions. A conceptual series of diagrams will develop these insights where an imagined ideal is to be set up as the vision as the anticipated experience of a 'best-possible-self' with success, where emergent 'ideas-of-best-fit' closely match the designer's goals and desires. The triggering mental actions required are similar in form to De Bono's technique based on 'Six Colored Hats' (1985). In this project, however, the practitioner adopts an overarching meaningful ideal for a 'hat' in the form of an experiential clear sense of success as motivating ideations emerge, such that these closely match their goals and desires as a 'best-possible-fit'. The model is also potentially transformative as the visioning ideal could be framed such that any emergent effects of encoded formed bias or a self-limiting psychology could be effectively reduced or eliminated through the applied created differential as a 'generative gap' for the self. This paper will further suggest how this envisaged ideal of success could be experientially explored through co-creative action cycles of research in different design-thinking domains. Creative and innovative ideas are required at every stage of activities in designing solutions or a possible prototype for a product or service that meets some kind of an ambition or brief. Prior to imagining possible solutions and prototypes, clear insights and judgments are needed in defining the current state of requirements and the possible gap between what is known or available and what could best fulfil the ambitions of the designers and clients. Then, as various imaginings come forth and are considered in turn, further judgments are needed to decide on which ones to adopt and develop, and the best possible pathways of actions to follow in achieving success. This paper is to develop a conceptual framework for testing through collaborative research that is to be focused on asking the question of whether there is a possible way of effectively sharpening and enhancing the creative and intuitive or judgmental activities the practitioners
doi:10.7945/c27d5k fatcat:m2jmgrynw5g3vbctmjhj33a4du