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Title: Creativity support tools: report from a U.S. National Science Foundation sponsored workshop
Authors: Shneiderman, Ben
Fischer, Gerhard
Czerwinski, Mary
Resnick, Mitch
Myers, Brad
Candy, Linda
Nakakoji, Kumiyo
Edmonds, Ernest
Eisenberg, Mike
Nunamaker, Jay
Giaccardi, Elisa
Pausch, Randy
Hewett, Thomas T.
Selker, Ted
Jennings, Pamela
Sylvan, Elisabeth
Kules, William
Terry, Michael
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum
Citation: International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 20(2): pp. 61-77.
Abstract: Creativity support tools is a research topic with high risk but potentially very high payoff. The goal is to develop improved software and user interfaces that empower users to be not only more productive but also more innovative. Potential users include software and other engineers, diverse scientists, product and graphic designers, architects, educators, students, and many others. Enhanced interfaces could enable more effective searching of intellectual resources, improved collaboration among teams, and more rapid discovery processes. These advanced interfaces should also provide potent support in hypothesis formation, speedier evaluation of alternatives, improved understanding through visualization, and better dissemination of results. For creative endeavors that require composition of novel artifacts (e.g., computer programs, scientific papers, engineering diagrams, symphonies, artwork), enhanced interfaces could facilitate exploration of alternatives, prevent unproductive choices, and enable easy backtracking. This U.S. National Science Foundation sponsored workshop brought together 25 research leaders and graduate students to share experiences, identify opportunities, and formulate research challenges. Two key outcomes emerged: (a) encouragement to evaluate creativity support tools through multidimensional in-depth longitudinal case studies and (b) formulation of 12 principles for design of creativity support tools. As Galileo struggled to view Jupiter through his newly built telescope, he adjusted the lenses and saw four twinkling points of light nearby. After recording their positions carefully, Galileo compared them to his drawings from previous nights. His conclusion that Jupiter had four moons circling it was a profound insight with far reaching implications.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327590ijhc2002_1
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