Three driven approaches to combinational creativity: Problem-, similarity- and inspiration-driven

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Title: Three driven approaches to combinational creativity: Problem-, similarity- and inspiration-driven
Authors: Han, J
Park, D
Shi, F
Chen, L
Hua, M
Childs, PRN
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Creativity is a crucial element of design. The aim of this study is to investigate the driving forces behind combinational creativity. We propose three driven approaches to combinational creativity, problem-, similarity- and inspiration-driven, based on previous research projects on design process, strategy and cognition. A case study involving hundreds of practical products selected from winners of international design competitions has been conducted to evaluate the three approaches proposed. The results support the three driven approaches and indicate that they can be used independently as well as complementarily. The three approaches proposed in this study have provided an understanding of how combinational creativity functions in design. The approaches could be used as a set of creative idea generation methods for supporting designers in producing creative design ideas.
Issue Date: 27-Sep-2017
Date of Acceptance: 1-Sep-2017
ISSN: 0954-4062
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal / Book Title: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Copyright Statement: © Sage 2017. The final publication is available via Sage at
Keywords: 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Publication Status: Published online
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Dyson School of Design Engineering

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