The Constellation: A framework for conceptualising design as a process of innovation.

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There is wide recognition of design’s strategic role in innovation, yet it remains an elusive and variable concept. This paper seeks to support the development of understanding and communications by presenting a framework for conceptualising design as a process of innovation, which was developed through the author’s practice-led doctoral research. In particular, it explicates exhibition-making as a method of exploratory prototyping, leading to deeper insight into the process of innovation through design. It outlines how inspiration was drawn from the work of Theodor Adorno (1973) to visually develop a conceptual framework. This newly devised framework is named ‘the constellation’ and is posited as a guiding principle for conceptualising and communicating design-led innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for Next
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th European Academy of design Conference. Sapienza University of Rome, 12-14 April 2017.
EditorsLoredana Di Lucchio, Lorenzo Imbesi, Paul Atkinson
PublisherTaylor & Francis Online
ISBN (Print)9781138090231
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2017
Event12th European Academy of Design Conference: Design for Next - Faculty of Architecture in Valle Giulia, Rome, Italy
Duration: 12 Apr 201714 Apr 2017 (Link to Conference website)


Conference12th European Academy of Design Conference
Abbreviated titleEAD 12 2017
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  • Innovation
  • Constellation
  • Design
  • Prototyping
  • Exhibition


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