Analysing storytelling in design talk using Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count

Almila Akdag Salah*, Senthil Chandrasegaran, Peter Lloyd

*Corresponding author for this work

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Design thinking concepts, such as storytelling, framing, and co-evolution, have been established from close readings of design activity. The increase in easy-to-use computational methodologies provides an opportunity to validate these concepts more widely. Among these concepts, storytelling is already operationalised through various computational approaches. In this chapter, we create one corpus of design activity data from the four shared-data Design Thinking Research Symposium (DTRS) workshops and use Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) in attempting to automatically detect components of stories. However, the conversational nature of the data indicates that further development in methodology is needed. The contribution of the chapter lies both in outlining how an automated method for identifying stories could work and showing how the DTRS corpus can be compared with other large datasets outside of the design discipline. This represents a further step on the way to understanding design thinking in conversational contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExpanding the Frontiers of Design
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Perspectives
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000935431
ISBN (Print)9780367772000
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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