Academic excellence for business and the professionsCreativity Support Tools – Do They ReallyWork?HCID2013, 17th April 201...
CreativityThere’s an app for that!
Creativity?
Overview• Some background – creativity theory• Some examples – creativity support tools• Some history – evaluations of cre...
The 4Ps of Creativity• Person – the person doing the creative work• Process – the process of doing the creative work• Prod...
The characteristics of creative thinking• An important concept in creativity, flow is an ‘almost automatic,effortless, yet...
The stages of creative processesPoincare/Wallas1926CPS model1963IDEO2001Shneiderman2000Mess-findingPreparation Fact-findin...
Examples of existing tools – method guidanceIDEO method cardsCreative Whack PackThoughtoffice
Examples of existing tools – mind-mappingMindManageriMindMapFreemind
Examples of existing tools – random stimuliRandom word generatorsThe Brainstormer
Examples of existing tools – analogicalreasoningAnTiQueCarer
Examples of existing tools - small teams andworkshopsPictionaireWorkspace fromUniversity of KonstanzNOOT
Creative StickiesApplication developed at Cityfor writing digital post-its on aMicrosoft Surface• Study 1: more ideas incr...
Creative Design StationsWork at City on using digitaltechnologies (projection, videorecording and streaming, digitalpens) ...
CityVisInvestigation at City into the use ofinteractive visualisations to supportcollaborative idea generation
Digital shared spaces for creative workshopsComparison at City of digital and non-digitalenvironments for idea generation ...
CarerApplication developed at City to supportcreativity in the care of people withdementia– Creative thinking from cases o...
StickyworldEvaluation beginning next week!
My top tools
My top tools• Twitter – for inspiration
My top tools• Twitter – for inspiration• Textedit – for lack of distraction
My top tools• Twitter – for inspiration• Textedit – for lack of distraction• Trello – for agile team management
My top tools• Twitter – for inspiration• Textedit – for lack of distraction• Trello – for agile team management• Google Dr...
Map of Apps• What are your favourite tools?
Conclusion• Tools can help stimulate and enhance your creativity, but
Conclusion• Tools can help stimulate and enhance your creativity, but• You don’t have to use special creativity apps, beca...
Conclusion• Tools can help stimulate and enhance your creativity, but• You don’t have to use special creativity apps, beca...
Thanks and questionsMasters in Human-Centred Systems (HCS)Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (the MICL)Inter...
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Creativity Support Tools, Do They Really Help? - Dr. Sara Jones, City University London

  1. 1. Academic excellence for business and the professionsCreativity Support Tools – Do They ReallyWork?HCID2013, 17th April 2013Dr Sara Jones
  2. 2. CreativityThere’s an app for that!
  3. 3. Creativity?
  4. 4. Overview• Some background – creativity theory• Some examples – creativity support tools• Some history – evaluations of creativity support tools• Some geography – a map of apps• Some conclusions
  5. 5. The 4Ps of Creativity• Person – the person doing the creative work• Process – the process of doing the creative work• Product – the creative output• Press – the environment in which the the work is done(Rhodes, 1961)
  6. 6. The characteristics of creative thinking• An important concept in creativity, flow is an ‘almost automatic,effortless, yet highly focused state of consciousness’(Csikszentmihalyi, 1996)• Divergent thinking is characterised by– fluency (the ability to produce a large number of ideas or problemsolutions);– flexibility (the ability to produce a wide variety of ideas);– originality (the ability to produce new, original ideas)(Guilford, 1950)
  7. 7. The stages of creative processesPoincare/Wallas1926CPS model1963IDEO2001Shneiderman2000Mess-findingPreparation Fact-finding Understand CollectProblem-finding ObserveIncubationRelateIllumination Idea-finding Visualise CreateVerification Solution-finding EvaluateIdea implementation ImplementDonate
  8. 8. Examples of existing tools – method guidanceIDEO method cardsCreative Whack PackThoughtoffice
  9. 9. Examples of existing tools – mind-mappingMindManageriMindMapFreemind
  10. 10. Examples of existing tools – random stimuliRandom word generatorsThe Brainstormer
  11. 11. Examples of existing tools – analogicalreasoningAnTiQueCarer
  12. 12. Examples of existing tools - small teams andworkshopsPictionaireWorkspace fromUniversity of KonstanzNOOT
  13. 13. Creative StickiesApplication developed at Cityfor writing digital post-its on aMicrosoft Surface• Study 1: more ideas increative workshops than withCreative Stickies• Study 2: private preparationand more space yieldedmore ideas• Study 3: but in acomparative study, paperpost-its still preferredStudy 1Study 2
  14. 14. Creative Design StationsWork at City on using digitaltechnologies (projection, videorecording and streaming, digitalpens) in physical spacesto support creative design foundsimpler spaces are preferred
  15. 15. CityVisInvestigation at City into the use ofinteractive visualisations to supportcollaborative idea generation
  16. 16. Digital shared spaces for creative workshopsComparison at City of digital and non-digitalenvironments for idea generation workshopsShowed no difference in idea quality or quantity,but still some preference for non-digitalenvironments
  17. 17. CarerApplication developed at City to supportcreativity in the care of people withdementia– Creative thinking from cases of gooddementia care practice– Creative thinking from cases of goodpractice in analogical domains – otherworlds– Creative thinking from creativitytriggers generated from casesEvaluation in a residential care homefound the use of Carer lead care staff tomore creative care in response tochallenging situationsCentre for Creativity inProfessional Practice
  18. 18. StickyworldEvaluation beginning next week!
  19. 19. My top tools
  20. 20. My top tools• Twitter – for inspiration
  21. 21. My top tools• Twitter – for inspiration• Textedit – for lack of distraction
  22. 22. My top tools• Twitter – for inspiration• Textedit – for lack of distraction• Trello – for agile team management
  23. 23. My top tools• Twitter – for inspiration• Textedit – for lack of distraction• Trello – for agile team management• Google Drive – for real time virtual team work
  24. 24. Map of Apps• What are your favourite tools?
  25. 25. Conclusion• Tools can help stimulate and enhance your creativity, but
  26. 26. Conclusion• Tools can help stimulate and enhance your creativity, but• You don’t have to use special creativity apps, because
  27. 27. Conclusion• Tools can help stimulate and enhance your creativity, but• You don’t have to use special creativity apps, because• It ain’t the tools that you use, it’s the way that you use them!
  28. 28. Thanks and questionsMasters in Human-Centred Systems (HCS)Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (the MICL)Interdisciplinary Centre for Creativity in Professional Practicehttp://www.city.ac.uk/centre-for-creativity-in-professional-practice#ICLCity 2013 – May 13thOne day conference on innovation, creativity and leadership@svjaoks.v.jones@city.ac.uk

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