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Grouping Notes Through Nodes: The Functions of Post-it Notes in Design Team Cognition

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  • Graham Dove
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  • Sille Julie Abildgaard, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Michael Mose Biskjær
  • Nicolai Brodersen Hansen
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  • Bo Christensen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Kim Halskov
The Post-ItTM note is a frequently used, and yet seldom studied, design material. We investigate the functions Post-ItTM notes serve when providing cognitive support for creative design team practice. Our investigation considers the ways in which Post-ItTM notes function as design externalisations, both individually and when grouped, and their role in categorisation in semantic long-term memory. To do this, we adopt a multimodal analytical approach focusing on interaction between humans, and between humans and artefacts, alongside language. We discuss in detail examples of four different externalisation functions served by Post-ItTM notes, and show how these functions are present in complex overlapping combinations rather than being discrete. We then show how the temporal development of Post-ItTM note interactions supports categorisation qualities of semantic long-term memory.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationAnalysing Design Thinking : Studies of Cross-Cultural Co-Creation
EditorsBo Christensen, Linden Ball, Kim Halskov
Number of pages20
PublisherCRC Press
Publication year2017
ISBN (print)9781138748446
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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