Perceiving design processes as embodied experience

Mia A. Tedjosaputro, Yi Teng Shih

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Designers in action deal with numerous information flows. In this paper, design processes are examined with an alternative view of embodied cognition. The feedback loops across mind, body, and environment are investigated using this lens. Aiming to understand how the interplay of internal and external processes is constructed, verbal data was collected through a think-aloud experiment with 12 novice designers who contributed to 24 forty-five-minute design sessions with three design environments. Comparisons between interplay in sketching and mental imagery sessions are presented. It is concluded that it is possible to extend the view of designing by elaborating mind, body, and design environment into the cognition mix. The notions such as cognitive self-stimulation, design affordances, design effectivities, and designers as self-structures possibly expand the possibilities to understand the role of designing and design tools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch into Design for a Connected World - Proceedings of ICoRD 2019 Volume 2
EditorsAmaresh Chakrabarti
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789811359767
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Research into Design, ICoRD 2019 - Bangalore, India
Duration: 9 Jan 201911 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


Conference7th International Conference on Research into Design, ICoRD 2019


  • And embodied creativity
  • Design cognition
  • Embodied cognition in design
  • Protocol analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • General Computer Science


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