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cultural capital
inspirational sources
design process
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University of Alberta
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Stafiniak, Lesley A.
Supervisor and department
Strickfaden, Megan
Examining committee member and department
Riewe, Aidan (Design Studies)
Bissonnette, Anne (Human Ecology)
Terzin, Tom (Biology - Augustana Campus)
Department of Human Ecology
Textiles and Clothing
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Master of Arts
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Using inspirational sources for generating ideas and stimulating productivity in designing is a significant stage in the design process that impacts designing and design outcomes. Another important aspect during designing is the role of influence on the designer as they work through design projects. This research explores how the adaptations of inspirational sources manifest during the early phase of textile designing. Specifically, it examines how inspirational sources of biological specimens are adapted in designing, with one group of designers using actual biological specimens and the other group using representations of the specimens in the form of photographs. This research attempts to understand the adaptation of inspirational sources and to understand how adaptations occur when sources are presented differently. It also seeks to acknowledge the role of influence in the design process and to explain how it differs from inspiration.
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