Collaborative fixation in early problem exploration and idea generation workshops

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Most studies on design fixation have been conducted in experimental setups, with individuals ideating or sketching in response to relatively simple tasks. Fixation resulting from exposure to ideas and perceptions of others in a group situation has been less explored. This study investigated how an early exploration and ideation workshop in complex, interdisciplinary student design projects influenced both the problem representations and the solution ideas of
team members. The results reveal that when a perspective dominated the initial representations of the team, it was further emphasized after the workshop. Teams having more equal initial distributions in perspectives remained more balanced. However, technological considerations tended to increase even then. The proportion of generic statements decreased with nearly all teams becoming more focused on the particulars of their project. The results suggest that the
possibility of early commitment to initially dominant perspectives should be acknowledged and possibly mitigated for.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design Creativity
EditorsJulie Linsey, Maria Yang, Yukari Nagai
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904670-82-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Design Creativity - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 2 Nov 20164 Nov 2016
Conference number: 4


ConferenceInternational Conference on Design Creativity
CountryUnited States


  • design fixation
  • problem presentation
  • idea generation
  • interdisciplinary teams

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