Strategies for Creative Connections: Fomenting Technological Change

University of New South Wales
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ConnectED: International Conference on Design Education, 2007, pp. 1 - 5
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The pace of technological change in the world within which we live and work is increasing at an exponential rate. This in turn causes turbulent change within society, and indeed within social relationships. In a real sense it is the design teams who act as change agents. In the future these teams will need to alter their strategies for introducing even more change. As the artefactsâ designers and design teams develop, which fulfil societal wants needs and desires, become more technologically advanced and complex, there is an increasing need to make creative connections between diverse design issues and diverse resources. From both a technical and human perspective these creative connections will require new creative strategies. This paper will propose some strategies for developing novel non-deterministic relationships between issues and people in order to develop creative connections. These in turn may lead to creative artefacts for the benefit of society. Further, this paper will propose possible empirical methodologies for testing these suggested strategies. The utility of randomness and our ability/inability to cope with it is seen as a central theme for developing creative connections. Moreover, it will be argued that as higher and higher levels of complexity occur greater creative opportunities will occur as well. While the proposed strategies remain untested, the central focus of this paper will discuss the need for this research and the implications for both design practice and, more importantly, design education.
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