Physical Prototyping Toolkits Have Limited Effect on Group Ideation in Design

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First introduced more than 15 years ago, toolkits for prototyping are intended to facilitate rapid prototyping. These toolkits are often framed as means to support and speed up the creative process by allowing designers to quickly create and evaluate potential future products. However, little is known about how the introduction of prototyping toolkits influences group-based ideation and selection of ideas in the creative design process. To examine this, we carried out an experiment with 20 participants in 5 groups, in which two groups employed prototyping toolkits. Surprisingly, the introduction of a toolkit did not show any significant effect on participants’ performances in the ideation and selection activities. The lack of effect is discussed in the light of the intended role of the prototyping toolkits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICDC 2018 - 5th International Conference on Design Creativity, Conference Proceedings
EditorsElies Dekoninck, Andrew Wodehouse, Chris Snider, Georgi Georgiev, Gaetano Casciniand
Number of pages7
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-97-1
ISBN (Electronic)9781904670834
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe International Conference on Design Creativity -
Duration: 31 Jan 20182 Feb 2018
Conference number: 5


ConferenceThe International Conference on Design Creativity


  • Creativity
  • Design process
  • Prototyping toolkit


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