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Georgi V. Georgiev, Iván Sánchez Milara & Denzil Ferreira (2017) A Framework for Capturing Creativity in Digital Fabrication, The Design Journal, 20:sup1, S3659-S3668, DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1352870

A framework for capturing creativity in digital fabrication

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Author: Georgiev, Georgi V.1; Sánchez Milara, Iván1; Ferreira, Denzil1
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-10-09


Digital fabrication laboratories (FabLabs) influence how we think, ideate, do, make, and create. To enable the full capacity of materialization of the most creative ideas in the FabLab, a fundamental understanding of the processes in the FabLab is required. To accomplish this, we propose a framework for dynamically and ubiquitously capturing human-human (team) interactions, human-tool/machine interactions, and human-design-object interactions in the complex scenarios that occur in the paradigm of making in FabLabs. The framework elaborates three methods. The first method produces categories of creative spaces about activities and users in the FabLab. The second method identifies interactions between users and tools, and between users. Last, the third method identifies in-depth cognitive and thinking types of makers in the FabLab. The proposed framework can improve creative results and experiences of all stakeholders in the making process in the FabLab, and provide easy customization of the FabLab training for different audiences.

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Series: Design journal. An international journal for all aspects of design
ISSN: 1460-6925
ISSN-E: 1756-3062
ISSN-L: 1460-6925
Volume: 20
Issue: sup1
Pages: S3659 - S3668
DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1352870
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work is partially funded by the Academy of Finland (Grants 276786-AWARE, 286386-CPDSS, 285459-iSCIENCE, 304925-CARE), the European Commission (Grant 6AIKA-A71143-AKAI), and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (645706-GRAGE)
EU Grant Number: (645706) GRAGE - Grey and green in Europe: elderly living in urban areas
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 276786
Detailed Information: 276786 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
286386 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
285459 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
304925 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.