Evaluating Creativity Support Tools in HCI Research

Christian Remy, Lindsay Macdonald Vermeulen, Jonas Frich Pedersen, Michael Mose Biskjaer, Peter Dalsgaard

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The design and development of Creativity Support Tools (CSTs) is of growing interest in research at the intersection of creativity and Human-Computer Interaction, and has been identified as a 'grand challenge for HCI'. While creativity research and HCI each have had long-standing discussions about - -and rich toolboxes of - -evaluation methodologies, the nascent field of CST evaluation has so far received little attention. We contribute a survey of 113 research papers that present and evaluate CSTs, and we offer recommendations for future CST evaluation. We center our discussion around six major points that researchers might consider: 1) Clearly define the goal of the CST; 2) link to theory to further understanding of usage of CSTs; 3) recruit domain experts, if applicable and feasible; 4) consider longitudinal, in-situ studies; 5) distinguish and decide whether to evaluate usability or creativity; and 6) as a community, help develop a toolbox for CST evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Number of pages20
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6974-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


ConferenceACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
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  • Creativity
  • Creativity metrics
  • Creativity support tools
  • Csts
  • Evaluation
  • Literature survey


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