The Characteristics of Excellent Designers - Findings from an Interview Study with Swedish Innovators
Paper in proceedings, 2015

Some designers are more successful than others. They have the ability to repeatedly generate new and innovative solutions to challenging problems. In this paper, we refer to designers who possess this level of skill as “excellent designers”. It would seem interesting to identify the characteristics of such individuals in order to better understand why they succeed while ordinary designer do not. However, there have been few published studies of excellent designers, and these studies have focused on one or a few individuals. In this paper, we account for a study of a larger group (15) of excellent designers. The aims were first to identify their particular set of knowledge, experience, working practices and personal characteristics and then to use the findings to generate proposals for how employers and educator can nurture excellent designers.

Design learning

Design

Expert

Creativity

Human behaviour in design

Author

Louise Axelsson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Simon Blome

Chalmers, Product and Production Development

Dennis Noubarpour

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Johan Nänzén

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Yvonne Platon

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Johan Malmqvist

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Milan, Italy, July 27-31 2015

2220-4342 (ISSN)

Vol. 80 DS 80-08 131-140

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Advance

Production

ISBN

978-1-904670-71-1

More information

Created

10/8/2017