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Twenty Years of Creativity Research in Human-Computer Interaction: Current State and Future Directions

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Creativity has been a growing topic within the ACM community since the 1990s. However, no clear overview of this trend has been offered. We present a thorough survey of 998 creativity-related publications in the ACM Digital Library collected using keyword search to determine prevailing approaches, topics, and characteristics of creativity-oriented Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. . A selected sample based on yearly citations yielded 221 publications, which were analyzed using constant comparison analysis. We found that HCI is almost exclusively responsible for creativity-oriented publications; they focus on collaborative creativity rather than individual creativity; there is a general lack of definition of the term ‘creativity’; empirically based contributions are prevalent; and many publications focus on new tools, often developed by researchers. On this basis, we present three implications for future creativity-oriented HCI research: develop and employ clearer definitions of creativity; go beyond in-vitro studies of novel tools; move towards interdisciplinary research collaborations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '18 : Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Number of pages23
Place of publicationUSA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year1 Jun 2018
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-5198-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

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