The Bridge between Problems and Solutions in Design: Taking a Toddler’s Case as an Example


Problem solving in Industrial Design is focused on the realization of ideas. At the end, the ideas are applied as practical design solutions for product development. Designers generate ideas to solve problems based on their past experiences and creative thinking. However, there has been a gap between problem identification and solution generation within the design process. The bridge between problems and solutions is not clear yet. Thus, it is reasonable to study how designers find solutions. The purposes of this research include (1) investigating design problems and solutions related to a toddler in order to show how solutions are found out; and (2) build the relationship among design problems, solutions, and their bridge. The first purpose provides designers with clues that help them to effectively solve problems as well as generate solutions based on the identified design problems. The second purpose makes it possible that designers can apply the most appropriate clues to bridge problems and solutions according to the attributes of problems. This research takes design problems related to a toddler as an example because the authors have less bias on such problem type that they are not familiar with.

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Shen-Kuei Huang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Chun-Juei Chou, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACSS2015
Stream: Research Methodologies

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