Collaborative Problem-solution Co-evolution in Creative Design

Stefan Wiltschnig, Bo Christensen, Linden J. Ball

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Creative design concepts are often viewed as developing iteratively, with the design problem and solutions ‘co-evolving’ in a mutually adaptive manner. We report a study examining whether the co-evolution concept captures the creativity arising in collaborative, team-based design practice. The analysis revealed that co-evolution episodes occurred regularly and embodied various directional transitions between problem and solution spaces. Moreover, the team leader often initiated this co-evolution. Co-evolution episodes linked with other creative activities such as analogising and mental simulation and there was a clear association between co-evolution and expressions of epistemic uncertainty, suggesting that designers were dealing with considerable complexity and ambiguity. Our findings support the view that co-evolution is the ‘engine’ of creativity in collaborative design.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDesign Studies
Volume34
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)515-542
ISSN0142-694X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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Wiltschnig, Stefan ; Christensen, Bo ; J. Ball, Linden. / Collaborative Problem-solution Co-evolution in Creative Design. In: Design Studies. 2013 ; Vol. 34, No. 5. pp. 515-542.
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In: Design Studies, Vol. 34, No. 5, 09.2013, p. 515-542.

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