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Georgiev, G., & Casakin, H. (2019). Semantic Measures for Enhancing Creativity in Design Education. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, 1(1), 369-378. doi:10.1017/dsi.2019.40

Semantic measures for enhancing creativity in design education

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Author: Georgiev, Georgi V.1; Casakin, Hernan2
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland
2School of Architecture, Ariel University, Israel
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Design Society, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-09-20


Analysing verbal data produced during the design activity is helpful to gain a better understanding of design creativity. To understand exchange of information in terms of creative outcomes, a semantic analysis approach was used to measure the semantic content of communications between students and teachers. The goal was to use this tool to analyse design conversations, and to investigate their relation to design creativity, assessed in terms of originality, usability, feasibility, aesthetics, elaboration, overall value and overall creativity. Abstraction, Polysemy, Information Content and Semantic Similarity were employed to explore 35 design conversations from the DTRS10 dataset. Main findings suggest that a significant relationship exists between Information Content and Originality, and between Information Content and Overall creativity of the produced design outcomes. Significant relations were also found between Abstraction, Polysemy, Information Content, and Feasibility, as well as between Semantic Similarity and Overall Value of the outcomes. Implications for the use of semantic measures for encouraging creativity in the design studio are discussed.

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Series: Proceedings of the Design Society. International Conference on Engineering Design
ISSN: 2220-4334
ISSN-E: 2220-4334
ISSN-L: 2220-4334
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 369 - 378
DOI: 10.1017/dsi.2019.40
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
520 Other social sciences
119 Other natural sciences
616 Other humanities
Funding: This research has been partially financially supported by Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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