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Title: Conceptual recombination : a sub-conceptual design theory for cultural product creation
Authors: Hung, Chor Kin
Degree: Ph.D.
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: In view of the popularity of conceptual design theories and the lack of a mutually agreed creative method for cultural product creation, this research study attempts to borrow the concepts of conceptual design theories to form a design theory for cultural product creation. It explores the nature of cultural products and concludes that there are commonalities in them at an ontological level, giving rise to cultural product ontology. Such an ontology provides a solid foundation for the development of the expected design theory. On the other hand, this research study regards functional reasoning of conceptual design as the theoretical reference for the formation of the expected design theory. This is because its design process is very similar to the creative processes of different cultural products that can also be described by the concepts of homeomorphism, a scientific account. Furthermore, the expected design theory works at a domain level, while conceptual design theories operate at a conceptual level. This research study, therefore, refers to Sloman's two systems of reasoning and defines the expected design theory as a sub-conceptual design theory, namely, Conceptual Recombination. To connect Conceptual Recombination with cultural product ontology, this research study refers to the task model of application ontology to define their working relationship, since there is no method ontology in cultural product ontology due to the fact that there is not yet a commonly agreed creative method for different cultural product creations. Furthermore, there is a computational representation of Conceptual Recombination to demonstrate the operations and contributions of Conceptual Recombination as well as to provide a reliable creative method for the generation of exploratory and transformational creativity (ET-creativity) in the different parts of cultural products through a single-user Creativity Support Tool that takes in user unfinished work and produces representational and creative system outputs as continuations to the user input. Such a computational representation clearly explains the three levels of prediction of Conceptual Recombination that are in response to the concepts of functional reasoning. In addition, since Conceptual Recombination is also a prescriptive model, there is no proof of it. Instead, this research study uses cases to demonstrate its operations to reveal its contributions to cultural product creation. It concludes that Conceptual Recombination defines a new research area as regards sub-conceptual design theory and an objective creative method for different cultural product creations and the above-mentioned single-user CSTs.
Subjects: Design.
Product design.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Pages: xxi, 179 pages : illustrations
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