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McKeag, Dennis and McKnight, Wesley (2008) CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN ELECTRONIC PRODUCT DESIGN. School of Manufacturing & Design Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology. 351 pp ISBN 1-900454-28-9 [Book (authored)]

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Creativity and innovation are topics frequently mentioned in the context of engineering and engineering design, but are rarely seriously addressed in education or professional practice. In a modern world whereby new technology is increasingly complex and incomprehensible to the lay person, and to many non specialist engineers, it is essential that creativity techniques are adopted that provide the user not only with products and processes that have more practical functionality and features, but also provide the user with enhanced experiences and excitement. Increasingly the need is to provide these benefits rather than concentrate on practical functionality and aesthetics, as has generally been the norm in the past. To be innovative the new product has to be commercially viable and this issue is also addressed. This paper will cover the key the generic elements of creativity and innovation in the context of engineering design, namely creativity approaches and techniques, theories and concepts, and user centred design, and place them in the context of a student design experience. The paper does not attempt to be a reference bible on all the creativity and innovative tools, techniques, rather it gives a flavour of what can be achieved and the references provide a gateway to further learning.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Keywords:Creativity, innovation, design, engineering, concepts, techniques, user centred design.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Future and Virtual Worlds
ID Code:8995
Deposited By:Professor Dennis McKeag
Deposited On:11 Feb 2010 10:31
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:48

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