Climbing C-trees: Analysing Concept-tree content and construction

DS 87-6 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 6: Design Information and Knowledge, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Blanco, Eric; Le Dain, Marie-Anne; Lavayssiere, Pierre; Chevrier, Pierre
Series: ICED
Institution: Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Section: Design Information and Knowledge
Page(s): 277-285
ISBN: 978-1-904670-94-0
ISSN: 2220-4342


The aim of the paper is to analyze the rationale of production of C-trees used in innovative design workshop implementing C/K theory. Data had been produced within industrial creative workshops in four Medium industries. Workshops had been conducted by the researchers and 5 C-tree had been produced and analyzed. Existing patterns and rationale in the construction of the C-trees are researched. The Analysis of the content and structure of the C-trees shows that five types of partition are used. The sequence of partition doesn’t show any pattern. The subjectivity of the representation is illustrated. Mechanisms of systematic expansion of C space are also illustrated through the C-tree analysis. Based on case study, the paper discuss practical use of C-tree as intermediary object.

Keywords: Innovation, Collaborative design, Creativity


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