The psychological study of design

John C. Thomas, John M. Carroll

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A total of twelve studies of design problem solving are briefly reviewed. The rationale for the range of methodologies used is explicated. Some salient resulta of the experiments are reported. Conclusions about the utility of various methodologies for studying design, steps towards a theory of design, and suggestions for aids to the design process with particular emphasis software design conclude the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalDesign Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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