Creative cognition in design: processes of exceptional designers

Cross, Nigel (2002). Creative cognition in design: processes of exceptional designers. In: Hewett, Tom and Kavanagh, Terence eds. Creativity and cognition. New York, USA: ACM Press, pp. 14–19.



Three case studies of creative design in engineering and product design are reported. The studies are of exceptional designers and comprise two retrospective interview studies and one protocol study. In each case, an example of the designer’s approach to a particular design problem is presented. Comparisons between the three examples are drawn, and there appear to be some striking similarities, despite the very different project examples. A general descriptive model of creative cognition in design is developed from these commonalities.

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