The anticipatory approach is based on the premise that the designers experience provides the concept of what might be the basis for a good design. It is assumed that the designer has sufficient experience so that his/her case memory has a range of diagrammatic concepts broad enough to be adapted to new conditions. In the anticipatory method, the designer "sees the whole solution". There is frequently a clear and often diagrammatic "concept". The difficulty is almost always in trying to apply deductive logic to figure out how to get from the imagined future back to the present conditions and to specify the number of (backward-in-time) assumptions that are needed to potentially implement the design. As a generalization, this approach is frequently successful for smaller and short-term design projects. It is less likely to succeed when the design problem is large, complicated, and long-term.
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