Design Fixations Among Information Design Students: What has been Seen Cannot be Unseen

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Andersson, Carina Aina Kristina; Eriksson, Yvonne; Frank, Lasse; Nicholl, B.A.
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: M
Section: Design Methods - People and Knowledge
Page(s): 159-164
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


This research explores the phenomenon of design fixation by studying undergraduate design students undertaking an information product design problem. The research is based on a case study, with 64 students. The students were given a design problem, and their design processes were documented in a weblog, which was analyzed jointly with handouts and slide presentations. The research suggests that the formulation of ideas in and recording of an early group brainstorming sessions may contribute to fixation of the finale design solution.

Keywords: Information design, design education and design fixation


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