Creative design methodology and the sit method

Roni Horowitz, Oded Maimon

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The paper presents SIT (Structured Inventive Thinking)-a structured method for enhancing creative problem solving in engineering design. The method is a three step procedure: problem reformulation, general search strategy selection, and an application of idea provoking techniques. The most innovative part of the method is the problem reformulation stage. The given problem is modified through the application of objectively defined and empirically tested set of sufficient conditions for creative solutions. The paper describes the sufficient conditions and the empirical study that demonstrates their appropriateness. Then the whole SIT mechanism is presented with illustrative examples.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Design Theory and Methodology Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791880456
StatePublished - 1997
EventASME 1997 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, DETC 1997 - Sacramento, United States
Duration: 14 Sep 199717 Sep 1997

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference


ConferenceASME 1997 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, DETC 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • cognitive design theories
  • innovative design


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