I have engaged in a number of design research activities and professional design practices in several countries (Japan, UK, the Netherlands and Denmark), focusing on the perceptive interaction between humans and artefacts. My PhD investigated the industrial designer’s cognitive activities within the processes of idea generation, focusing on how reduced and incomplete information provides stimuli and can beneficially impact upon the designers’ creative reasoning. I have been working in CoCreate on a project on the design of new services and systems to help people understand and manage experiences of fatigue.
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Reductive Is Augmentative: How Reduced Information Enhances a Designer’s Imagination Inoue, S. and Smith, N. (2018). In: Columbus, A. M. (Ed). Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 133. pp.1–63. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publisher.
Reducing Information To Stimulate Design Imagination Inoue, S., Rodgers, P. A., Tennant, A. and Spencer, N. (2017). In: Gero, J. S. (Ed.). Design Computing and Cognition 16. pp. 3–21. Switzerland: Springer.
Creative Puzzlement: How Deconstructing Elements of an Object Facilitates Industrial Design Student’s Imagination’ Smith, N., Inoue, S., Tennant, A. and Spencer, N. Smith, N., Inoue, S., Tennant, A. and Spencer, N. (2017). The Design Journal. 20: sup1. Design for Next: Proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference (EAD 12), Sapienza University of Rome, 12-14 April 2017, edited by Loredana Di Lucchio, Lorenzo Imbesi, Paul Atkinson. pp. S859–S874.