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Methods for ideation: reviewing early phase concept generation among industrial design engineer students

Peter Conradie (UGent) , Ralph Nafzger, Cies Vanneste (UGent) , Lieven De Marez (UGent) and Jelle Saldien (UGent)
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Developing and teaching method design remain an important component of many product design and engineering courses. Several scholars have shown that the use of ideation methods may result in better concepts. Yet students do not actively use many methods. In order to understand which ideation methods are used by students during the early phases of concept generation, we examined student journals kept during the length of a practice-based course where students worked on tangible interfaces. Students were not specifically instructed to use any specific method. Our study reveals that students use a limited assortment of ideation methods as part of the early phases of concept generation, often restricting themselves to unstructured brainstorms, finding inspiration from existing products and services. Our study raises questions about method use and education.
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design methods, education, brainstorming, conceptual design, ideation

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Conradie, Peter, Ralph Nafzger, Cies Vanneste, et al. “Methods for Ideation: Reviewing Early Phase Concept Generation Among Industrial Design Engineer Students.” Engineering and Product Design Education, 17th International Conference, Abstracts. Loughborough, UK: The Design Society, 2015. Print.
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Conradie, P., Nafzger, R., Vanneste, C., De Marez, L., & Saldien, J. (2015). Methods for ideation: reviewing early phase concept generation among industrial design engineer students. Engineering and Product Design Education, 17th International conference, Abstracts. Presented at the 17th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (EPDE 2015), Loughborough, UK: The Design Society.
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Conradie, Peter, Ralph Nafzger, Cies Vanneste, Lieven De Marez, and Jelle Saldien. 2015. “Methods for Ideation: Reviewing Early Phase Concept Generation Among Industrial Design Engineer Students.” In Engineering and Product Design Education, 17th International Conference, Abstracts. Loughborough, UK: The Design Society.
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Conradie, Peter, Ralph Nafzger, Cies Vanneste, Lieven De Marez, and Jelle Saldien. 2015. “Methods for Ideation: Reviewing Early Phase Concept Generation Among Industrial Design Engineer Students.” In Engineering and Product Design Education, 17th International Conference, Abstracts. Loughborough, UK: The Design Society.
Vancouver
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Conradie P, Nafzger R, Vanneste C, De Marez L, Saldien J. Methods for ideation: reviewing early phase concept generation among industrial design engineer students. Engineering and Product Design Education, 17th International conference, Abstracts. Loughborough, UK: The Design Society; 2015.
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P. Conradie, R. Nafzger, C. Vanneste, L. De Marez, and J. Saldien, “Methods for ideation: reviewing early phase concept generation among industrial design engineer students,” in Engineering and Product Design Education, 17th International conference, Abstracts, Loughborough, UK, 2015.
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  abstract     = {{Developing and teaching method design remain an important component of many product design and engineering courses. Several scholars have shown that the use of ideation methods may result in better concepts. Yet students do not actively use many methods. In order to understand which ideation methods are used by students during the early phases of concept generation, we examined student journals kept during the length of a practice-based course where students worked on tangible interfaces. Students were not specifically instructed to use any specific method. Our study reveals that students use a limited assortment of ideation methods as part of the early phases of concept generation, often restricting themselves to unstructured brainstorms, finding inspiration from existing products and services. Our study raises questions about method use and education.}},
  author       = {{Conradie, Peter and Nafzger, Ralph and Vanneste, Cies and De Marez, Lieven and Saldien, Jelle}},
  booktitle    = {{Engineering and Product Design Education, 17th International conference, Abstracts}},
  keywords     = {{design methods,education,brainstorming,conceptual design,ideation}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Loughborough, UK}},
  publisher    = {{The Design Society}},
  title        = {{Methods for ideation: reviewing early phase concept generation among industrial design engineer students}},
  year         = {{2015}},
}