Designers, as human beings in general, are widely influenced by what surrounds them in their daily lives. This influence can occur in a systematic way, when designers actively search for inspiration, or even unconsciously or by chance ( Goldschmidt & Sever, 2010; Herring, Chang, Krantzler, & Bailey, 2009 ). Inspiration has been defined as ‘the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative’ ( Hornby, 2000 ). In design, inspiration as a process could entail both more active (deliberately searching for particular information, via the internet or books, for instance) as well as more passive (randomly encountering relevant information) procedures. Whilst engaging in information search, there is a general agreement that sources can arise from a number of different places. For instance, inspiration may be elicited by design examples of products or buildings, art pieces, pictures, written documents, but also from diverse forms of life from nature or other phenomena. Design researchers have defined inspiration in design as a process that can integrate the use of any entity in any form that elicits the formation of creative solutions for existing problems (e.g., Eckert, Stacey, & Clarkson, 2000 ). However, the overwhelming
Design Studies – Elsevier
Published: Jan 1, 2014
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