Humour processes for creative engineering design

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Humour has long been associated with creativity, however the link has rarely been applied to engineering design. This paper highlights analogies between humour creation and engineering design, and discusses opportunities to develop new processes and methods that could reinvigorate engineering concept design. Idea generation methods have been explored within the realms of improvised comedy and the visual medium of comic strips. The structures and principles of these creative humour processes present opportunities to view complex engineering problems from new and surprising perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2016
Event14th International Design Conference (Design) - Hotel Croatia Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 16 May 201619 May 2016


Conference14th International Design Conference (Design)
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  • humour
  • design process
  • creativity
  • brainstorming


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