Can Abduction Research Enhance Understanding of design Processes Accounted for by C-K Theory?

Ehud Kroll, Lauri Koskela

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Design process descriptions in the literature in general and those using C-K theory in particular lack some useful cognitive information that may affect the credibility of the process. Notions from abduction research are presented and proposed for enhancing such descriptions. Specifically, it is important to distinguish between design activities that are intuitive and those that result from deliberation; a topic that has long been discussed by philosophers of science and design scholars. The focus of the paper is on the ubiquitous design moves of proposing an idea and selecting among ideas, and on their execution by expert and novice designers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 24th International Conference on Engineering Design
Subtitle of host publicationICED23
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023
Event24th International Conference on Engineering Design - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 24 Jul 202328 Jul 2023
Conference number: 24

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Design Society
PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)2220-4342


Conference24th International Conference on Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED 2023

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