Design Exploration Assessment Methodology: Testing the Guidance of Design Processes

TitleDesign Exploration Assessment Methodology: Testing the Guidance of Design Processes
Publication TypeTechnical Report
AuthorsClevenger, C., J. Haymaker, and A. Ehrich
Date Published06/2010

This paper introduces the Design Exploration Assessment Methodology (DEAM) for comparing the impact of differences in process on outcome for given design problems. Current practice fails to reliably generate high performing alternatives in part because it lacks systematic means to compare existing or emerging design processes. Researchers lack empirical methods and data to evaluate design challenges and the strategies available to address them. In this paper we document, and then apply DEAM to professional implementation of six design strategies across two design challenges using the charrette test method. Results compare strategies according to the performance of the solution(s) generated. For the strategies and challenges investigated, more information during design does not always assist the designer to produce better performing alternatives. We discuss possible explanations, and conclude with a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of DEAM as an evaluation method. Initial findings demonstrate that DEAM is a method capable of providing meaningful comparison of strategies in the domain of energy efficient design challenges.

KeywordsChallenge, creativity, Design Theory, Exploration, Guidance, Strategy
Year of Publication2010
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