The Main Mystifications Ingrained in Engineering Design

DS 58-2: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 2, Design Theory and Research Methodology, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Sedenkov, Vladimir Michailovich
Series: ICED
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology
Page(s): 215-226


Amazing phenomenon of engineering design is that it manipulates with non-existent and yet to be called into being entities in the same way as with real objects (products and processes). Thus a product design is structured like available product; design process, which will be completed only after design obtaining, is simulated similarly to real processes; and design pseudo-problem is decomposed into subproblems in the same manner as a soluble problem. In this paper, we have dwelt only on the major, in our view, myths, namely design problem realization, product and design process models. But those are tailed with unavoidable derived mythology. The family of myths substantially affects the progress in design theory and methodology. The goal of this paper is to compare two ways - to follow the myths and to abjure those. After presentation the next myth, its origin and effects, we propose a possible anti-myth and expose related prospects.

Keywords: Design problem, meta design process, platform kit


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