Approaching design thinking research

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Designing a piece of machinery requires thought, at least in most cases. For although sometimes one meets machines or technical devices where not very much thought seems to have been invested, it is normally necessary to think when facing the problem of designing a new machine. In this paper I shall try to identify the different forms of thinking which can be observed in designing (I shall not consider prescriptions about how designing should proceed, see Pahl, G and Beitz W. Konstruktionslehre 4th ed Springer, Berlin (1997)) and I shall also try to answer the question of how a theory about thought in designing may be constructed. © 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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