Surprises in design and by designing

Organizing Committee of TMCE 2012
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering (TMCE 2012), 2012, pp. 1383 - 1394
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If something is designed and built, it was made purposefully. Design is about intent, planning, and sticking to the 'The Plan'. As we evolve design solutions to various design problems and various aspects of the design problems, we are often surprised by the outcomes, where the solution ended up, and indeed how we got there. This paper will contextualise notions of surprise within the design process. Further, it will discuss literature surrounding the core ideas of surprise, and the utility of embracing randomness in the design process. Subsequently, it will show how to embed surprise in the design process where there is potential to enhance creative outcomes, as design is often considered to be a creative act. It will suggest different phases of the design process where randomness/surprise will be of benefit and other phases where it may not. We end by pointing to some possible research directions.
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