Measuring Levels Of Design Fixation In Indian Engineers
A major concern in engineering education pertains to design fixation, which hinders the conception of novel
ideas. The term design fixation refers to the designer’s reluctance (or inability, in some cases) to consider multiple strategies
to formulate and solve a design need. Divergent thinking (DT) and Visual thinking (VT) are two major design skills needed
for any designer. Visual thinking (VT) is the inherent ability of a person in analyzing a certain given diagram or figure and
store it in his memory to reproduce when asked for. Divergent thinking (DT) is one of the design skills which helps in
generation of alternative design solutions for any given design task and is very much essential for addressing a design problem.
In the present paper we elucidate the difference between Indian engineering students and working professionals, and how to
bridge the gap between them.
Keywords — Design Skills; Divergent Thinking; Design Fixation