Creativity and scientific discovery with infused design and its analysis with C–K theory

Research paper by Offer Shai, Yoram Reich, Armand Hatchuel, Eswaran Subrahmanian

Indexed on: 04 Sep '12Published on: 04 Sep '12Published in: Research in Engineering Design


Creativity is central to human activity and is a powerful force in personal and organizational success. Approaches to supporting creativity are diverse and numerous. The only way to understand the diversity and utility of these methods is through their careful analysis. The analysis conducted in this paper is done with the aid of a theory. As a first step, we use infused design (ID) method to generate new concepts and methods in the classic discipline of statics, in addition to its prior use in the generation of a number of creative designs. The use of the ID method in the creative scientific discovery process is modeled with C–K design theory, leading to better understanding of ID and C–K. The exercise in this paper illustrates how the synthesis of a theory, a framework, and methods that support discovery and design is useful in modeling and evaluation of creativity methods. Several topics for future research are described in the discussion.