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Impositions of order: a comparison between design and fine art practice

McDonnell, Janet (2011) Impositions of order: a comparison between design and fine art practice. Design Studies, 32 (6). pp. 557-572. ISSN 0142-694X

Type of Research: Article
Creators: McDonnell, Janet

This paper explores explore the similarities and differences in the strategies used by designers and fine art practitioners to impose enabling constraints on a project. Enabling constraints are defined as devices, arbitrary, pragmatic, aesthetic and other which artists or designers impose to create coherence in a work or to create a discipline for the working process. The paper draws on the
literature on how designers impose order, juxtaposing this characterization with a case study of a long-term collaborative fine art practice. It concludes that further understanding of design creativity arising from prepared minds might come from investigating other forms of creative practice; and that long-term collaborative practice is a more appropriate focus for understanding how order that enables creativity is imposed than studies focusing on single projects.

Official Website: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142694X11000573
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Design, fine art, comparisons, impositions of order, creative design, design process, innovation, aesthetics, prepared minds
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Elsevier (Cell Press)
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: November 2011
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.destud.2011.07.003
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 12:21
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 11:55
Item ID: 3890
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/3890

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