Transferability, Case Transfer & Rip+Mix

Generalizability is an important research concept for the analytical field. We propose and explore ‘Transferability’ for the projective field – Design.

We believe, in order to create the new, design knowledge is transferred and not generalized. We consider abduction to be the logical mechansim underlying this transfer process. In our designerly terminology, we speak of ANALYSIS (the inductive process), PROJECTION (the abductive process) and SYNTHESIS (the deductive process). We hold two further assumptions; firstly, projecting new artefacts is independent from analyzing design context or problem. Secondly, existing artefacts are knowledge sources for projection. Since 2007, we have been examining these beliefs and assumptions. We have also been developing an approach Case Transfer and a method Rip+Mix based on our inquiry.

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