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The impacts of design heuristics on concept generation for a COVID-19 brief

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posted on 29.09.2021, 11:17 by Xiaoneng Jin, Hua Dong, Mark EvansMark Evans
Design heuristics (DHS) as a tool can help boost designers’ creativity in early conceptual design phases. We have developed a set of DHS for digital innovation (DHS10). There are numerous studies on DHS impacts/outcomes in the recent years. However, little research has been conducted to identify whether DHS has lasting benefits on designers’ ideation performance. This paper explores whether DHS10 can help designers achieve more creative ideas based on different design briefs, and if DHS has lasting impacts on or benefits for students. An empirical study was conducted with two groups (i.e., 32 students who learned DHS10 five weeks ago, and 24 students who studied DHS10 instantly). They were asked to address an open-ended design brief on COVID-19 and generate as many innovative ideas as possible. The results suggest DHS has impacts on students who learned DHS just now and five weeks ago. The effect is stronger on those who just learned DHS10. We suggest that DHS10 be provided for ideation as it provides texts and visual stimuli for designers. DHS10 also has the potential to help students understand digital innovation and generate ideas accordingly.

Funding

China Scholarship Council, grant number 201906360310

History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

13

Issue

11

Publisher

MDPI AG

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

22/05/2021

Publication date

2021-05-28

Copyright date

2021

eISSN

2071-1050

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Mark Evans. Deposit date: 28 September 2021

Article number

6103