Archive for the ‘creativity’ Category

Local knowledge

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

So – looking into the Design Creativity Workshop to be held at this year’s Design Computing and Cognition conference, I notice that the information is on the web page of my CCS colleague Yukari Nagai, who is also on the program committee. Her research into design creativity is of course all deeply relevant to me.

I am reminded that I’m surrounded at CCS by a fascinating group of researchers and practitioners. So since I have a lot of reading to do, I’ve decided to start at home.

TED: Wade Davis on cultures at the far edge of the world

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Wade Davis’ talk was fascinating. Note: consider ideas of creativity, place and creative place that are outside the western enlightenment tradition. Also consider the usability principle of designing for impairment; note that some users may be creating in non-standard brain states; using DMT for example.

Creativity from users

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I tend to think about creative communities thriving in a demanding milieu; like Shakespeare’s community of playhouses around the Globe. In this TED talk, Charles Leadbeater reminds us that users themselves are creative; citing for example the user-driven collaborative invention of mountain bikes and the telephone conversation.

Loose Construing

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Listening to the novelist and lecturer Sue Woolfe talking about neuroscience and creativity on Radio National, she brought up the role of loose construing in the creative process; and it does seem that this is the equivalent in individual creativity to what might be called a “brainstorming session” in group creativity, but with the benefit of not having to express every idea and connection in language.