Deconstruction of idea generation methods into a framework of creativity mechanisms

Senni Kirjavainen*, Katja Hölttä-Otto

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Creative ideas are a central part of solving engineering problems, generating interesting art, as well as developing successful products and innovations. Idea generation methods are a well-researched topic. Specifically, there is significant research that focuses on specific idea generation methods and how they perform. Further, some method classifications have been suggested to help understand the cognitive mechanisms involved in creative ideation as well as the differences between methods. Yet, the discourse is usually on which ideation method outperforms another or how to improve an ideation method rather than the elements, rules, constraints, and activities that comprise ideation methods. In this study 76 well-documented idea generation methods are reviewed and analyzed. We find all analyzed methods consist of 25 mechanisms. The mechanisms are discussed and classified into idea promoting and implementation mechanisms. We suggest that rather than focusing research only on methods, there should be a parallel track of research creating understanding on these mechanisms and their interactions to help increase our understanding of creativity methods, add practitioners understanding on how to get the best advantages out of creativity methods and lastly improve the way practical creativity is approached in education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication32nd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM)
PublisherThe American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780791883976
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Virtual, Online, St. Louis, United States
Duration: 16 Aug 202019 Aug 2020
Conference number: 40

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume8

Conference

ConferenceASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleIDETC/CIE
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis
Period16/08/202019/08/2020

Keywords

  • creativity
  • idea generation
  • design methodology
  • problem solving

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