Posts tagged ‘creativity’

May 3, 2012

Be Creative & Keep Sane

by amolfhc

So what is creativity? Usually, one would define creativity as creating something new and different. However, that might not always be the case. You could also define creativity as doing things differently from what is considered convention. In the midst of difficultly, try to do things differently or in other words be creative. Sometimes doing the same thing over and over again can drive you insane (though not in the literal sense!). So do something differently once, be creative and see the refreshing change! 

Be Creative, Keep Sane! 

April 19, 2012

A human bias against creativity is hindering science, research claims

by samwiselee

Not the most readable article. Try using Readability (

or if you couldn’t be bothered below is the actual article copy-pasta’ed.

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April 19, 2012

Nike Music Shoes

by samwiselee

Video of Japanese Musician Hifana performing live using modified Nike Free Run+

The shoes have accelerometers and strain sensors.

Also the Making of Video explaining what amazing things they did to this shoe to make this happen.

April 19, 2012


by samwiselee

Great design is a never-ending journey of discovery — for which it helps to pack a healthy sense of humor. Sociologist and surfer-turned-designer David Carson walks through a gorgeous (and often quite funny) slide deck of his work and found images.

For those who missed this great TED talk. Loads of humor too.

February 27, 2012

Midterm project Pecha Kucha

by Ellen Yi-Luen Do

Midterm Project Ideas

  • Each person should work on their project proposals – to figure out whether you are writing a paper about something (what? a literature survey about child creativity and measurements, about personality and design collaborations, about design thinking, or about where people find inspirations, etc. etc.), conducting some sort of empirical studies (protocol analysis of design activities or meetings? interviews with practitioners? designing creativity support tools? using cultural probe to investigate daily life? etc etc), or inventing tangible artifact (software, hardware, website, toys, community portals, playground, etc. etc.) by any means.
  • Be prepared to have a story to tell in 3/14’s Pecha Kucha session – to tell people what your research topics for this class will be, and how you plan to do it, are there precedents or related work? and what might we expect to see at the end of the semester.
  • Yes, you can decide to do it either as individual project or a joint team project (no more than 3 persons per team please.)
February 27, 2012

Fixation and Creativity

by Ellen Yi-Luen Do

Reading: (for 2/22)

  • Chapter 7, Insight, Fixation, and Incubation in (eds) Ronald A. Finke , Thomas B. Ward and Steven M. Smith. MIT Press – find online reader here Creative Cognition

& choose one of the below to read —

  • H. Koning & J. Eizenburg: “The Language of the Prairie: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Houses,” Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 8 (1981) pdf you can do page setup to print larger images
  • Stokols, D., C. Clitheroe, and M. Zmuidzinas (2002) Qualities of Work Environments That Promote Perceived Support for Creativity, in Creativity Research Journal 2002, Vol. 14, No. 2, Pages 137-147 media:work.pdf –
February 26, 2012

Emily Howell

by mikhailjacob

Just came across a fantastic article about a composer’s struggle to gain acceptance after creating a phenomenal AI Composing system Emmy. Emmy could create amazing pieces after any number of classical music composing styles in what must surely have been a very early CBR + Rule Based approach to algorithmic composing. Her successor Emily Howell adds elements of personality and interactivity to the mix. A brilliant read about her creator’s story and some samples of the music created by Emily.




February 23, 2012

Sketches as articulated representations of creativity

by jarradr

Today in class our group has a very lively discussion on sketching as relates to creativity, the extent to which a culture can be judged by the words it uses to describe its popular sports, whether or not it is rude to refer to a classmate as “Satan,” and a host of other topics. The entire “thread” was captured- to a certain extent- by the graphical notations we each made on the single sheet of paper we shared.

This exercise was quite interesting during class as we sometimes fought to quickly jot down our notes on the paper, and sometimes fought not to. Even more interesting, however, is a review of these “notes” now, without the pressure (one of our themes today) of the class and without the need to be a producer of creative content. In the consumer role, we can better appreciate our sketch, as manifestations of the creativity of the contributors become more clear. A few highlights are:
1. Toward the lower right, notice the stick figure with an asterisk for a head. This represents our teammate who was almost electrocuted (in his mind, of course) by Professor Do as she visited our discussion.
2. To the left of this are the words ” I never called you Satan” (written upside-down, depending upon your perspective) followed by tally marks which indicate approximately how many times this phrase was uttered. In this instance, while the point is spatially close to the previous one (#1), there is no logical connection.
3. Just above the Satan statement is a representation of “thinking outside of the box” in an effort to solve writer’s block. This point was, in fact, logically connected to the point above it, as indicated by the arrow.
4. The diagram beginning with the word Creativity at the left indicates how 2 intelligent and creative people can be motivated/inspired by completely different paths. Some work better under pressure, while some are adept in relaxing their mind so as to allow the “aha moment” to come.
5. Above this we have our “conversation waveform” which represents the fact that, at the onset of the exercise there was relatively little discussion, as we each struggled to find a place to start. Thoughts on “sketching,” “intelligence,” and “creativity” soon followed, and the magnitude of the waves represent the amount of dialog associated with each. The fact that the section on creativity has dual waves, opposite from one another, is indicative of those times when the group did not agree and debated the merits of different perspectives.
These are, obviously, only a few of the graphical notes made on the paper. In an exercise that could be seen as an extension of the classroom assignment, I wonder what, if anything, the readers of this post would make of some of the other images? Hearing the ideas of people unconnected to the original discussions would be interesting, as they would represent the reverse of the initially reversed points (we went from thought to sketch; this would go from sketch to thought).
Just as we played the drawing games a few class periods ago, I wonder how creative the class might be in attempting to decipher these symbols.

“Left as an exercise for the reader…”

January 25, 2012

A.I. as a contribution to musical creativity?

by gregtronel

Videos at:

“It is amazing to see Shimon improvise and interact with human musicians. Imagine a pianist playing a musical phrase followed by the robot, who builds on this input with a new improvised sequence. A fellow guitar player can then enhance Shimon’s ideas, leading to new responses that could inspire the humans to play in ways they have never played before. The result is not only novel and expressive human-robotic interaction, but also great new music”. (

In a nutshell, in the context of AI being involved in the creative process, the machine itself may not be the mean by which artistic creation is built, but rather the combination, the coordination of actions and perceptions from both the machine and the artist. Such collaboration may give rise to a musical experience that is not accessible by human-to-human type interaction and inspires players to communicate in novel expressive manners, which naturally leads to novel musical outcomes.