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Linear Design Model

The linear model tells the story of designing in the simplest terms: each strategy is done once and always in the same order. It neglects that design often goes in repeating cycles or iterations.

The simplest design model describes designing as a movement among three activities: analysis-synthesis-evaluation. In the context of design, Lawson (1990) says that "analysis is the ordering and structuring of the problem … synthesis is the generating of solutions" and evaluation is the "appraisal … of suggested solutions against the objectives identified in the analysis phase."

Notice that these strategies appear as the three highest-order educational objectives in Bloom's well-known taxonomy (1950).

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