Readings

Howard Gardner – “The Creators’ Patterns”

Argument for:

I agree with Gardner about creativity being fostered and facilitated by traversing disciplinary lines. While writing software, it was always very refreshing to see a venture come to life after arguing back and forth with a program or project manager and insisting that it could not be done within the existent space. Through these experiences I came to develop an appreciation for incorporating resources across a wide array of disciplines when trying to tackle a novel problem, for example.

Omer Atkin and Chengtah Lin – “Design Protocol Data and Novel Design Decisions”

Argument against:

I think that when one is put in a situation where they need to verbalize a particular point, issue or process, they are consciously and continuously thinking about and analyzing what they are saying. From this biased point of view, I do not think that speech and verbalization is only echoing other aspects of the design process.

Ellen Yi-Luen Do and Mark D Gross – “Environments for Creativity – A Lab for Making Things”

Questions:

Do we really tend to be less creative when there is a specific problem, goal and constraints at hand? If so, what is being used to precisely measure creativity and decide whether one is more or less creative?

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