Cognitive Models of Design Ideation Conference Paper uri icon


  • The objective of this paper is to present a series of proposed cognitive models for specific components of design ideation. Each model attempts to explain specific cognitive processes occurring during ideation. Every model presented here is constructed with elements (i.e. cognitive processes) and theories available from cognitive psychology, human problem solving, mental imagery, and visual thinking. Every model in turn is an element of a higher-level cognitive model of design ideation. These models provide a better understanding of the components involved during ideation and their relationships.

name of conference

  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

published proceedings

  • Volume 3: 19th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; 1st International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems; and 9th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Tire Technologies, Parts A and B

author list (cited authors)

  • Vargas Hernandez, N., Shah, J. J., & Smith, S. M.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Vargas Hernandez, Noe||Shah, Jami J||Smith, Steven M

publication date

  • January 2007