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Colloquium - Warr

Enhancing Collaborative Creativity in Design
Andrew Warr
University of Bath

The Human-Computer Interaction community has long been concerned with the design of usable and useful software applications and computer systems. Terms such as "creativity" and "innovation" are frequently used when referring to the design process. In this presentation we examine what creativity is with respect to design. We review the evolution of definitions of creativity, leading to our proposal of a unified definition. With an understanding of creativity in design we propose a theoretical account of why collaborative creativity should in principle be more productive than individual creativity contradicting over 50 years of empirical research.

We explain the findings of previous research in terms of three social influences: production blocking, evaluation and free-riding. From this theoretical foundation we present an overview of a number of studies we have performed looking at individual and collaborative creativity: an empirical experiment -- the effects of operational mechanisms on creativity, diary studies and videoed design meetings. With an understanding of the results of our current work with propose a future direction for our research: an observational study and evaluation of the Envisionment and Discovery Collaboratory (EDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and the design and implementation of an open source Private, Social, Public Design (PSPD) environment at the University of Bath using mobile and pervasive technologies to enhance collaborative creativity in design.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)