Examining the solution bias of construction kits

James Gopsill

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Prototyping is a fundamental activity across design with one of the most common types of tool used during prototyping sessions are construction kits. These kits have of a number of bricks that designers are able to construct designs from. Meeting the constraints within a kit ensures a valid solution. With the advent of high-performance computing, this paper computes the solution space that is represented by construction kits and investigates the number of pathways to potential solutions and reveals that construction kits have an inherent bias to particular solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
EditorsDorian Marjanovic, Mario Storga, Stanko Skec, Nenad Bojcetic, Neven Pavkovic
PublisherDesign Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-953-7738-59-4
ISBN (Print)9789537738594
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2018
EventInternational conference on DESIGN 2018 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 May 201824 May 2018


ConferenceInternational conference on DESIGN 2018
Abbreviated titleDESIGN
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  • Combinatorics
  • Constraint modelling
  • Construction kits
  • Idea generation
  • Prototyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation


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