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Navigating Metaphorical Expressions through Design Problem Solving: A Perspective of Design Critic in a Creative Economy

Aderonmu, P. A and Adegoke, A.K. (2008) Navigating Metaphorical Expressions through Design Problem Solving: A Perspective of Design Critic in a Creative Economy. In: A conference organized by Society of Nigerian artists, 24th –Wednesday 26th November, 2008, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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In the school of creativity, Metaphors are tools and weapons that designers employs during intellectual navigation to understand unfamiliar design problems and are as useful as criticism to an art-teacher in portfolio grading, assessment and examination. A connecting thread is found by juxtaposing metaphor and criticism in which a creative end is reached for both the Art-teachers and students in academe and practice. Thus in a developing economy where design endeavor gains nobility, a creative product emerges and retrieving concepts from metaphors necessitates creative thinking. While the importance of these creative tools has been acknowledged in design, more research work is needed to appreciate its contribution to design practice. This investigation is aimed at building a connecting thread resilient enough to create a synergy between the uses of metaphor in design criticism and meaningful design problem solving with a particular focus on design creativity. Overt meaning of metaphorical expressions, factors of creativity and constructive criticism were interpolated into a holistic value. Critical evaluation showed that the connection of metaphor and criticism is the most significant factor characterizing design evolution and creativity. On the other hand, the synthesis of design solutions is the stronger factor of the use of metaphors. Evaluation in this paper demonstrates that correct use of metaphorical expressions play an important role in design creativity. Theoretical discourse analysis of metaphorical expressions in design problems was the screen that showed unique contributions of criticism to individual potential discoveries and general creativity by design problem solving in a dynamic economy

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metaphors, Criticism, Creativity, Design-Problem-Solving
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 11:52
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 11:52

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