Tools and Artifacts in Innovative Design

Project status: Complete

Thrust area: Enabling Information Infrastructure

Research team: Mike Lovell

Engineering design is not a purely cognitive process. Successful design engineers strategically move from ideas to completed designs through refined, physically-supported imagery (artifacts) and tools, among which the e-design tools and artifacts play important roles in supporting creativity and innovative ideas. This project provides collaborative companies with knowledge about the relationship between e-design tool usage and innovative design outcomes, easy-to-use software for novelty evaluation in engineering design, and guidance for development of new suite of e-design tools which can stimulate creative design.