Creative conceptual design: Extending the scope by infused design

Offer Shai, Yoram Reich, Daniel Rubin
2009 Computer-Aided Design  
Many methods that support human creativity by manual or computational means have been proposed in the past. They rely on the assumption that following a certain process of reasoning might lead to generating ideas considered creative. We start by defining creativity as a capability that enables the creation of systems that are patentable. We review the state-of-the-art of creative conceptual design and organize it with a framework. Subsequently, we present a method called infused design that
more » ... antees generating design solutions by transforming systems and methods from remote disciplines. In many cases, these solutions would be deemed creative. Finding these systems and their transformations is done through a process based on the underlying discrete mathematical representation. This process is partially supported by a computer tool. We describe the method of infused design and illustrate its operation through part of the results achieved until now, including designing a new active torque amplifier system. We 2 further demonstrate its benefits through other examples. We discuss the relation of infused design with other creativity or design methods and conclude with future developments of the method. "A well-directed imagination is the source of great deeds." Chinese proverb
doi:10.1016/j.cad.2007.11.004 fatcat:tjsollsarzbqrnwn6ibhengqya