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Design to connect: creative tools to design joining methods in products

Tore Bleuzé, Jan Detand UGent and Patrick De Baets UGent (2012) 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings. p.135-142
abstract
Creativity is the main force behind design and innovation. Joining methods play an important role in product design and ‘how to join parts’ still is an important challenge today. For designers, joining goes far beyond selecting the right method. They design connections as an integral part of the total product. However, different forms of fixation can occur, which can preclude the creation of new joining solutions. Existing tools that consider connections are not optimal to stimulate the creativity of designers. On the other hand, existing creativity tools are holistic and do not focus on joining methods. There is an opportunity to create creative and inspiring tools that focus on the design of connections. Two inspiring and useful tools are introduced in this paper: First, a technique called ‘product crossing’, based on forced analogy, and second, a set of 46 tool cards to consider a joining situation from different viewpoints. Both tools were tested with a relevant sample of design students.
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organization
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conference
publication status
published
subject
keyword
joining methods, product design, fixation, creativity tools
in
2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings
editor
Alex Duffy, Yukari Nagai and Toshiharu Taura
pages
135 - 142
publisher
The Design Society
place of publication
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
conference name
2nd International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC - 2012)
conference location
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
conference start
2012-09-18
conference end
2012-09-20
ISBN
9781904670407
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2997004
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2997004
date created
2012-09-21 12:43:36
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2017-01-02 09:53:00
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  abstract     = {Creativity is the main force behind design and innovation. Joining methods play an important role in product design and {\textquoteleft}how to join parts{\textquoteright} still is an important challenge today. For designers, joining goes far beyond selecting the right method. They design connections as an integral part of the total product. However, different forms of fixation can occur, which can preclude the creation of new joining solutions. Existing tools that consider connections are not optimal to stimulate the creativity of designers. On the other hand, existing creativity tools are holistic and do not focus on joining methods. There is an opportunity to create creative and inspiring tools that focus on the design of connections. Two inspiring and useful tools are introduced in this paper: First, a technique called {\textquoteleft}product crossing{\textquoteright}, based on forced analogy, and second, a set of 46 tool cards to consider a joining situation from different viewpoints. Both tools were tested with a relevant sample of design students.},
  author       = {Bleuz{\'e}, Tore and Detand, Jan and De Baets, Patrick},
  booktitle    = {2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings},
  editor       = {Duffy, Alex and Nagai, Yukari  and Taura, Toshiharu},
  isbn         = {9781904670407},
  keyword      = {joining methods,product design,fixation,creativity tools},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Glasgow, Scotland, UK},
  pages        = {135--142},
  publisher    = {The Design Society},
  title        = {Design to connect: creative tools to design joining methods in products},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Bleuzé, Tore, Jan Detand, and Patrick De Baets. 2012. “Design to Connect: Creative Tools to Design Joining Methods in Products.” In 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings, ed. Alex Duffy, Yukari Nagai, and Toshiharu Taura, 135–142. Glasgow, Scotland, UK: The Design Society.
APA
Bleuzé, T., Detand, J., & De Baets, P. (2012). Design to connect: creative tools to design joining methods in products. In A. Duffy, Y. Nagai, & T. Taura (Eds.), 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings (pp. 135–142). Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC - 2012), Glasgow, Scotland, UK: The Design Society.
Vancouver
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Bleuzé T, Detand J, De Baets P. Design to connect: creative tools to design joining methods in products. In: Duffy A, Nagai Y, Taura T, editors. 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings. Glasgow, Scotland, UK: The Design Society; 2012. p. 135–42.
MLA
Bleuzé, Tore, Jan Detand, and Patrick De Baets. “Design to Connect: Creative Tools to Design Joining Methods in Products.” 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings. Ed. Alex Duffy, Yukari Nagai, & Toshiharu Taura. Glasgow, Scotland, UK: The Design Society, 2012. 135–142. Print.