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Blending Hard and Soft Design via Thematic Analysis 

Vasilije Kokotovich, Kees Dorst 

University of Technology Sydney (2)

Keywords: technological change; frame creation; TRIZ; Latent Thematic Analysis


As the world becomes increasingly complex, from both a technological perspective and a sociocultural perspective, we need to adapt our problem solving and design capacity to match these changes. This paper will compare aspects of TRIZ and the emergent Frame Creation methodology as examples of design-based problem solving methodologies for resolving technical and sociocultural problems. We argue that while on the surface TRIZ and Frame Creation merely appear to diverge, a close analysis reveals noteworthy similarities, such as the drawing upon core attributes of the problem situation and building up a solution frame from first principles. We then introduce the latent thematic analysis methodology as a common ground that can lead to a possible blending of the two. 

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Cite this paper: Kokotovich, V., Dorst, K. (2016). Blending Hard and Soft Design via Thematic Analysis. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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