Workplace problem solving within the design process : The story of Pekki table

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Saló i Nevado , L , Pehkonen , L & Salminen , M 2020 , ' Workplace problem solving within the design process : The story of Pekki table ' , Techne Series: Research in Sloyd Education and Craft Science A , vol. 27 , no. 1 , pp. 36-51 . < https://journals.hioa.no/index.php/techneA/article/view/3456 >

Title: Workplace problem solving within the design process : The story of Pekki table
Author: Saló i Nevado, Laia; Pehkonen, Leila; Salminen, Matti
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Techne Series: Research in Sloyd Education and Craft Science A
ISSN: 1893-1774
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/314256
Abstract: This paper presents the story of creating the design table, Pekki - from the initial idea to the manufactured product. The story provides a background for further conceptual analysis. A Finnish cabinetmaker Matti Salminen* revealed to us his dream to make a table with distinctive lines. He agreed to be our partner in this study, and we documented the entire project. We closely observed Matti in his workshop, where he explained what he was doing and in the process verbalized his thoughts and actions. We produced field notes, interviewed Matti, informally discussed, made video recordings, took photos and collected Matti’s drawings and sketches. Along with the documentation, we attempted to conceptually understand what happened during the process. Our preliminary intention was to examine how problem solving appeared in the process of manufacturing the prototype. It became evident that problem solving situations do not only occur in specific instances of the process, but the process itself was deemed a “problem solving” situation. Moreover, the settings unveiled that creative and design processes were intertwined with problem solving. The aim of this paper is to shed light on and open the difficult ponderations between problem solving in addition to creative and design processes, by answering the following questions: 1. What is the cabinetmaker’s process of designing and creating a table? 2. How do the problem solving situations influence the process, and what is the role of the jigs within the process? 3. How are the processes of problem solving, design and creative process intertwined? Based on our findings, we conclude that problem solving has a mediating role between creative and design processes.
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