Impacting Designer Creativity Through IT-Enabled Concept Generation Academic Article uri icon


  • One of the innovation's fundamental mechanisms, designer creativity, is both unsupported by rigorous information-technology-enabled tools and uncharacterized as a scientific phenomenon. In this paper, we present VISUALIZEIT-a project seeking to identify a scientific basis and develop the supporting cyberinfrastructure needed to facilitate, evaluate, and disseminate information-technology-enabled innovation methodologies that augment designer creativity. This particular research paper describes a method of synthesizing concept representations through the development and expansion of platforms focused on computational concept generation, clustering of design concepts, a repository of archived design knowledge, and an information integration and representation interface. We also present the initial results from implementing VISUALIZEIT using two populations of students. © 2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

author list (cited authors)

  • English, K., Naim, A., Lewis, K., Schmidt, S., Viswanathan, V., Linsey, J., ... Orsborn, S.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • September 2010