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Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose & Peter Dalsgaard (Aarhus University)
November 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Documenting creative processes
There is much to gain from having access to proper documentation of creative processes, such as design processes. Among other things, it is a way for researchers to generate data that can be subjected to analysis, and for practitioners, it can be a means for capturing, articulating, synthesising, and reflecting upon concepts and approaches. In spite of these potential benefits, we often find that creative processes in practice are haphazardly documented, if at all. To practitioners, it often feels like the process of documentation can run counter to the creative work itself, both in terms of breaking the creative flow and adding a practical and cognitive overhead that detracts from what are perceived to be the core work activities. In this talk, I’ll offer an overview of our research into documenting creative processes, which spans from mapping out the process of design projects in order to better understand the emergence and transformation of ideas to studying how practitioners use digital and analog tools to capture and manage their ideas. I’ll emphasise key findings from across these cases and indicate potential ways to generate better documentation in ways that fit with creative practices.
About the Speaker
Peter Dalsgaard is a Full Professor of Interaction Design and Director of the Centre for Digital Creativity at Aarhus University, Denmark. He holds a PhD from Aarhus University, supervised by Prof. Kim Halskov, and has been a research fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology, and the École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l’Information et des Bibliothèques in Lyon. His work examines how we can understand and design digital systems from a humanistic perspective, with a particular focus on exploring the role and nature of digital tools in creative work. He is currently Principal Investigator of three projects in this field: PLACED, CoCreate, and Creative Tools.