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
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).