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Design thinking support: information systems versus reasoning

Pieter Pauwels UGent, Ronald De Meyer UGent and Jan Van Campenhout UGent (2013) DESIGN ISSUES. 29(2). p.42-59
abstract
Numerous attempts have been made to conceive and implement appropriate information systems to support architectural designers in their creative design thinking processes. These information systems aim at providing support in very diverse ways: enabling designers to make diverse kinds of visual representations of a design, enabling them to make complex calculations and simulations which take into account numerous relevant parameters in the design context, providing them with loads of information and knowledge from all over the world, and so forth. Notwithstanding the continued efforts to develop these information systems, they still fail to provide essential support in the core creative activities of architectural designers. In order to understand why an appropriately effective support from information systems is so hard to realize, we started to look into the nature of design thinking and on how reasoning processes are at play in this design thinking. This investigation suggests that creative designing rests on a cyclic combination of abductive, deductive and inductive reasoning processes. Because traditional information systems typically target only one of these reasoning processes at a time, this could explain the limited applicability and usefulness of these systems. As research in information technology is increasingly targeting the combination of these reasoning modes, improvements may be within reach for design thinking support by information systems.
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journal title
DESIGN ISSUES
volume
29
issue
2
pages
42 - 59
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Article
Web of Science id
000316992300005
ISSN
0747-9360
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1975285
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1975285
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http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/DESI_a_00209
date created
2011-12-29 10:20:17
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2014-02-01 00:39:01
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  abstract     = {Numerous attempts have been made to conceive and implement appropriate information systems to support architectural designers in their creative design thinking processes. These information systems aim at providing support in very diverse ways: enabling designers to make diverse kinds of visual representations of a design, enabling them to make complex calculations and simulations which take into account numerous relevant parameters in the design context, providing them with loads of information and knowledge from all over the world, and so forth. Notwithstanding the continued efforts to develop these information systems, they still fail to provide essential support in the core creative activities of architectural designers. In order to understand why an appropriately effective support from information systems is so hard to realize, we started to look into the nature of design thinking and on how reasoning processes are at play in this design thinking. This investigation suggests that creative designing rests on a cyclic combination of abductive, deductive and inductive reasoning processes. Because traditional information systems typically target only one of these reasoning processes at a time, this could explain the limited applicability and usefulness of these systems. As research in information technology is increasingly targeting the combination of these reasoning modes, improvements may be within reach for design thinking support by information systems.},
  author       = {Pauwels, Pieter and De Meyer, Ronald and Van Campenhout, Jan},
  issn         = {0747-9360},
  journal      = {DESIGN ISSUES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {42--59},
  title        = {Design thinking support: information systems versus reasoning},
  url          = {http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/DESI\_a\_00209},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Pauwels, Pieter, Ronald De Meyer, and Jan Van Campenhout. 2013. “Design Thinking Support: Information Systems Versus Reasoning.” Design Issues 29 (2): 42–59.
APA
Pauwels, Pieter, De Meyer, R., & Van Campenhout, J. (2013). Design thinking support: information systems versus reasoning. DESIGN ISSUES, 29(2), 42–59.
Vancouver
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Pauwels P, De Meyer R, Van Campenhout J. Design thinking support: information systems versus reasoning. DESIGN ISSUES. 2013;29(2):42–59.
MLA
Pauwels, Pieter, Ronald De Meyer, and Jan Van Campenhout. “Design Thinking Support: Information Systems Versus Reasoning.” DESIGN ISSUES 29.2 (2013): 42–59. Print.