Non-intrusive protocol study of design idea generation

Jami J. Shah, Jill A. Nico, Theodore C. Kraver

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An experiment involving a protocol study of design idea generation is described in this paper. Two designers were used as subjects in a co-operative environment for design. This is less obtrusive to the design process than a single subject thinking out aloud. A framework for macroscopic analysis of cognitive processes in idea generation was developed. It includes identification of activity objects, generation of state diagrams, and statistical analysis of interaction densities. The role of experience and analogies in idea generation was identified and studied. Although the analysis is based on limited data, the idea of non-intrusive protocol study, and the modeling techniques developed could be used for future experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesign Theory and Methodology
EditorsMo Shahinpoor, H.S. Tzou
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0791811700
StatePublished - 1993
Event14th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise - Albuquerque, NM, USA
Duration: Sep 19 1993Sep 22 1993

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineering Division (Publication) DE


Other14th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
CityAlbuquerque, NM, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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