Design fixation Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reports on a series of experiments which were conducted to test the hypothesis that design fixation, defined as a blind adherence to a set of ideas or concepts limiting the output of conceptual design, is a measurable barrier in the conceptual design process. The results of the experiments clearly demonstrate the existence of design fixation. The paper related issues such as the nature of the phenomenon, some experimental issues which arise in such investigations, and directions for future research. 1991.

published proceedings

  • Design Studies

altmetric score

  • 21

author list (cited authors)

  • Jansson, D. G., & Smith, S. M.

citation count

  • 680

complete list of authors

  • Jansson, David G||Smith, Steven M

publication date

  • January 1991