Design Theory ’88

Proceedings of the 1988 NSF Grantee Workshop on Design Theory and Methodology

  • Sandra L. Newsome
  • W. R. Spillers
  • Susan Finger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Industrial Prespective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roland W. Schmitt
      Pages 2-7
  3. Cognitive and Social Aspects of the Design Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Alice M. Agogino, Jonathan Cagan, Michael J. Molezzi
      Pages 18-28
    3. Donald A. Schon, Louis L. Bucciarelli
      Pages 29-35
    4. Manjula B. Waldron, Kenneth J. Waldron, Dean H. Owen
      Pages 36-48
    5. Sandra L. Newsome, William R. Spillers
      Pages 49-55
  4. Computational Models of Design Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Gale E. Nevill Jr.
      Pages 82-116
    3. James R. Rinderle, Eric R. Colburn, Stephen P. Hoover, Juan Pedro Paz-Soldan, John D. Watton
      Pages 132-147
    4. Kevin Otto, Donald R. Riley, Arthur G. Erdman, Albert Esterline
      Pages 148-153
    5. Alice M. Agogino, Jonathan Cagan
      Pages 154-154
    6. John Gero, Mary Lou Maher, Weiguang Zhang
      Pages 155-155
  5. Environments, Languages, Representations, and Data Bases for Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Charles M. Eastman
      Pages 158-172
    3. George Stiny
      Pages 173-188
    4. Steven N. Longenecker, Patrick A. Fitzhorn
      Pages 189-197
    5. W. R. Spillers, Sandra Newsorne
      Pages 198-215
    6. Jo Dale Carothers, Harvey G. Cragon
      Pages 216-223
  6. Analysis to Support Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Amy R. Ciric, Christodoulos A. Floudas
      Pages 265-285
    3. Chris I. Yessios, Richard E. Parent
      Pages 296-296
    4. Kristin L. Wood, Erik K. Antonsson
      Pages 297-297
    5. Tomasz Arciszewski
      Pages 298-298
    6. Alice M. Agogino, Pramod Jain
      Pages 299-299
    7. David Gossard, David Serrano
      Pages 300-300
  7. Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Howard M. Bloom
      Pages 302-312
    3. Alice M. Agogino, Wayne Imaino, Sherman S. Wang
      Pages 313-313
  8. Research in Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. John R. Dixon
      Pages 338-338
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 339-341

About these proceedings


In 1984, Nam Sub, who was then the Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF), created the Design Theory and Methodology Program. Among his goals in creating this program were to develop a science of engineering design and to establish design as an accepted field of engineering research. From 1984 to 1986 this program was directed by Susan Finger; from 1986 to the present Jack Dixon has been the director. The program itself has covered a broad range of disciplines, from chemical engineering to architecture, and a broad range of research paradigms, from psychological experiments to mathematical models. The present volume is based on the second NSF Grantee Workshop on Design Theory and Methodology, called Design Theory '88, which was held June 2-5, 1988 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA. It is, however, not strictly a proceedings since it includes some material that was not presented at a the Workshop and since it omits some papers and discussions that were presented at the Workshop. At the Workshop, invited speakers presented overviews of six different research areas based on summaries submitted in advance by the grantees of the Design Theory and Methodology Program. Since most of the speakers were not supported under the NSF program they brought fresh views to it. The other papers in this book were submitted directly to this volume and were not presented at the Workshop.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra L. Newsome
    • 1
  • W. R. Spillers
    • 2
  • Susan Finger
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  3. 3.Robotics InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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