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Mapping the Landscape of Creativity Support Tools in HCI

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Creativity Support Tools (CSTs) play a fundamental role in the study of creativity in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Even so, there is no consensus definition of the term ‘CST’ in HCI, and in most studies, CSTs have been construed as one- off exploratory prototypes, typically built by the researchers themselves. This makes it difficult to clearly demarcate CST research, but also to compare findings across studies, which impedes advancement in digital creativity as a growing field of research. Based on a literature review of 143 papers from the ACM Digital Library (1999-2018), we contribute a first overview of the key characteristics of CSTs developed by the HCI community. Moreover, we propose a tentative definition of a CST to help strengthen knowledge sharing across CST studies. We end by discussing our study’s implications for future HCI research on CSTs and digital creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'19)
Number of pages18
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2019
Article number389
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-5970-2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359702
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'19) - Scotland, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019


ConferenceThe 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'19)
LandUnited Kingdom

    Research areas

  • Creativity Support Tools (CSTs), creativity, meta-analysis, literature review

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