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Remote brainstorming: Methodological interventions in designing from a distance

Domingo, L.; Gutzeit, M.; Leifer, L.; Auernhammer, J. M. K.


This paper examines the immediate effects of group methods in facilitating remote team collaboration. We recruited seven teams with prior experience working together. All teams completed two current, complex, and open-ended design challenges using remote tools. We examined design activities before and after teams were given a design method intervention. The interventions were a Brainstorming Method to promote divergent thinking and the Five-Whys method to promote analytical thinking. Using OpenFace, we observed changes in emotion by examining facial expressions. We found that the brainstorming intervention did not have a change in ideation performance and the problem analysis intervention had a decrease in ideation performance. Teams used digital media to facilitate communication but were constrained by the media's tools. Our results can inform teams in organizations interested in promoting divergent thinking to not expect immediate improvements in ideation performance following the introduction of a design method. Future research is required to identify relevant abilities and social skills needed to facilitate remote ideation through design methods.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000139808
Veröffentlicht am 28.02.2022
DOI: 10.1017/pds.2021.515
Zitationen: 1
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Produktentwicklung (IPEK)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2732-527X
KITopen-ID: 1000139808
Erschienen in 23rd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2021, Gothenburg, 16 August 2021 through 20 August 2021
Verlag Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Seiten 2541-2550
Serie Proceedings of the Design Society ; 1
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 27.07.2021
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