Creative data work in the design process

Peter Kun, Ingrid Mulder, Amalia De Götzen, Gerd Kortuem

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The current work investigates how creativity manifests when designers use data work in the early phase of design. Designers are increasingly interested in utilizing the massive amounts of data surrounding our everyday lives. However, data work is still challenging to incorporate into the design process. In this paper, we present a case study with three novice design teams who were tasked to integrate data work into their design process. During the study, we observed how creativity took place in framing a design problem. We present and discuss their actions from a creativity process perspective, highlighting how they used and rationalized data-inspired inquiries creatively in the early phase of design. The current results inform the development of a design framework to structure data work methodologically and coherently into design processes. We coin this design framework Exploratory Data Inquiry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC&C' 19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 Creativity and Cognition
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5917-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event12th ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, C and C 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201926 Jun 2019


Conference12th ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, C and C 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Creative data work
  • Data science
  • Design inquiry
  • Design methodology
  • Exploratory data analysis

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