Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is the Density model?”
“It’s a conceptual-model from Physics applied outside of Physics.
In Physics, the density of a substance is its mass per unit volume. Using another conceptual-model, the particle-model, density is the number of particles per unit volume.
Through metaphor, we can expand the density model outside its initial scope.
Density is the number of items per unit space.
This is what I call a template-model. As you remember from our discussion on templating [<link; medium read], a template is a structure with two components: one fixed, and one variable. In this case, ‘items’ and ‘space’ are the variable components.
By replacing them, we can create all kinds of useful conceptual-models:
“Models Thinking as a creative process?”
“That’s the ultimate goal of it.”