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Georgiev, G. V., & Casakin, H. (2020). SEMANTIC MEASURES IN DESIGN CONVERSATIONS AS PREDICTORS OF CREATIVE OUTCOMES IN DESIGN EDUCATION. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC 2020). Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Design Creativity.

Semantic measures in design conversations as predictors of creative outcomes in design education

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Author: Georgiev, Georgi V.1; Casakin, Hernan2
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2School of Architecture, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: The Design Society, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-25


The analysis of conversations maintained during the design activity can help to gain a better insight into design thinking and its relation to creativity. A semantic analysis approach was employed to inspect the content of communications and information exchange between students and instructors. The goal was to explore design conversations in terms of Abstraction, Polysemy, Information Content and Semantic Similarity measures, and analyse their relation to the creativity of final design outcomes. These were assessed according to their Originality, Usability, Feasibility, Overall Value and Overall Creativity. To this end, design conversations from the 10th Design Thinking Research Symposium (DTRS10) dataset were used. Main results show a significant relationship between Information Content and Originality and Overall Creativity. For instructors, Semantic measures were mainly related to Feasibility, whereas for students the focus was set on the Overall Value of the final solutions.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-912254-11-8
Pages: 344 - 351
DOI: 10.35199/ICDC.2020.43
Host publication: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC 2020). 26-28 August 2020, Oulu, Finland
Host publication editor: Boujut, Jean-François
Cascini, Gaetano
Ahmed-Kristensen, Saeema
Georgiev, Georgi V.
Iivari, Netta
Conference: International Conference on Design Creativity
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
222 Other engineering and technologies
520 Other social sciences
6132 Visual arts and design
516 Educational sciences
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)
Copyright information: © The Authors 2020. CC-BY-NC (Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence).