Capturing Creativity in Collaborative Design Processes

J. U. Pedersen, Balder Onarheim

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    This paper is concerned with the question of how we can capture creativity in collaborative design processes consisting of two or more individuals collaborating in the process of producing innovative outputs. Traditionally, methods for detecting creativity are focused on the cognitive and mental processes of the solitary individual. A new framework for studying and capturing creativity, which goes beyond individual cognitive processes by examining the applied creative process of individuals in context, is proposed. We apply a context sensitive framework that embraces the creative collaborative process and present the process in a visual overview with the use of a visual language of symbols. The framework, entitled C3, Capturing Creativity in Context, is presented and subsequently evaluated based on a pilot study utilizing C3. Here it was found that the framework was particularly useful for detecting divergence and convergence, and for backtracking of explored themes in the design process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third International Conference on Design Creativity
    EditorsAmaresh Chakrabarti, Toshiharu Taura, Yukari Nagai
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2015
    ISBN (Print)9781904670605
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event3rd International Conference on Design Creativity - Bangalore, India
    Duration: 12 Jan 201514 Jan 2015


    Conference3rd International Conference on Design Creativity
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    • Creativity
    • Design Creativity
    • Innovation
    • Creative Process
    • Design Process
    • Innovation Process
    • Methodological framework
    • Creativity on Context
    • Visual Thinking


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