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J. Ylipulli, A. Luusua, and T. Ojala. 2017. On Creative Metaphors in Technology Design: Case “Magic”. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T '17), 10 pages. DOI: 10.1145/3083671.3083691

On creative metaphors in technology design : case “magic”

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Author: Ylipulli, J.1; Luusua, A.2; Ojala, T.1
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing P.O. Box 8000 University of Oulu, Finland
2Oulu School of Architecture P.O. Box 4100 University of Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-08-08


We explore how metaphors, and the metaphor of “magic” in particular, can be utilized in fostering layperson creativity within the context of a Participatory Design workshop. To explore this proposal, we scrutinize and combine perspectives from HCI, cultural anthropology, design studies and the study of creativity. We argue that understanding a metaphor, i.e. being aware of its cultural meanings is of great help when choosing the best metaphor for each purpose. The theoretical views we provide are reflected and elaborated upon through a discussion concerning an empirical case study, a multi-stakeholder workshop, arranged in order to create new visions and ideas for a “Hybrid Library”, a library that combines virtual reality with services and physical amenities. Finally, we present a conceptual model that summarizes elements of a successful workshop employing creative metaphors.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-4854-6
Pages: 280 - 289
DOI: 10.1145/3083671.3083691
Conference: International Conference on Communities and Technologies
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Open Innovation Platform project (A70202) funded by the ERDF and the City of Oulu under the Six City Strategy program, and the COMBAT project (293389) funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 293389
Detailed Information: 293389 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © Ylipulli, J. & Luusua, A. & Ojala, T. | ACM 2017. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T '17),