The construction of meaning in design-driven projects

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Abstract

The cornerstone in design-driven innovation is the creation of new meanings – the creation of a holistic, creative result meaningful to its users. However, despite an increasing interest in this field, the process of how meaning is constructed is still a neglected area in design and innovation management research. This paper explores how five Danish companies in diverse industries constructed new product meanings. The study indicates: that innovation of meaning starts from the designer’s personal experience with a paradox in an existing product-user relationship, that a vital part of meaning construction is the user’s experience of the product, and that meaning is constructed from a number of different frames.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 89 : Proceedings of the 5th. International Conference on Design Creativity (IDC 2018)
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2018
Pages207-214
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-97-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Fifth International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC2018) - Bath, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Jan 20182 Feb 2018

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ConferenceThe Fifth International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC2018)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBath
Period31/01/201802/02/2018
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design
ISSN2220-4342

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Knudsen, L. S., & Haase, L. M. (2018). The construction of meaning in design-driven projects. In DS 89: Proceedings of the 5th. International Conference on Design Creativity (IDC 2018) (pp. 207-214). Design Society. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design