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Published: 2011-08-01

Mining Creativity Research to Inform Design Rationale in Open Source Communities

School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering Arizona State University, USA
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering Arizona State University USA
design rationale creativity research creativity support tools open source communities

Abstract

Design rationale can act as a creativity support tool. Recent findings from the
field of creativity research present new opportunities that can guide the implementation
and evaluation of design rationale’s ability to foster creative processes and outcomes. By
encouraging the exploration of failure through use of analogy, design rationale can
foster creative transfer and enable progress in new directions. Open source communities
offer an opportunity to observe a form of intrinsically motivated ad hoc design rationale,
exhibiting formal and informal information transfer links within forums and allowing
access to common tools, expertise, and mentorship. A discussion of a spectrum of
implementations of design rationale informs strategies to mitigate conflicts and advance
inherent synergies between design rationale and creativity.

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How to Cite

Burleson, W., & Tripathi, P. (2011). Mining Creativity Research to Inform Design Rationale in Open Source Communities. Human Technology, 7(2), 142–163. https://doi.org/10.17011/ht/urn.2011081711243