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A Theory of Synthesis

Jon Kolko

in Exposing the Magic of Design

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199744336
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894710 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744336.003.0002

Series: Human Technology Interaction Series

A Theory of Synthesis

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This chapter describes the types of problem solving used in addressing design problems. The nature of well-structured problems are explored, and are compared to ill-defined problems. The role of intuition and judgement is described, and the role of designing “from an informed hunch” is explored.

Keywords: problem solving; Herb Simon; design intuition; judging

Chapter.  2243 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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