Creativity in Design Engineering and the Role of Knowledge: Modelling the Expert

  • Henri Christiaans
  • Kees Venselaar


The present study focuses on the relationship between the acquisition of design knowledge by novice design students and the quality of their designs. Design learning is typically based on action and reflection. Knowledge of solution processes, being part of this reflection, is found to be crucial in monitoring and controlling the design process and in reaching an optimal, creative result. The studies described in this article suggest a close relationship between the amount of process knowledge – knowledge of managing and monitoring the solution finding process – reported by novice designers, and the creativity of the designed product.


design learning design thinking creativity and cognition students’ learning experiences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Industrial Design EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  2. 2.VRCUtrechtThe Netherlands

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