Interactive technology can boost creativity

Creativity can be bolstered through adoption of interactive technology methods, new research has shown. Investigators at the University of Gothenburg found that such an approach can serve to generate new ways of seeing and showing.

The team - working on the project Studying Learning and Representational Technologies in Design - discovered modern computing techniques enable individuals to try out new design ideas with greater levels of visual realism.

Jonas Ivarsson, Reader at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning at the institution - which has roots stretching back to 1891 with the establishment of Gothenburg University College - noted the work processes of students have changed due to modern advancements.

Mr Ivarsson added: "Now there is more time for discussion and for additional cycles in the design process."

Such improvements have served to alter the design practices involved and the very nature of the work carried out, he went on to point out.

Dr Michael Apter, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, commented: "It would not be surprising if interactive technologies did not help people to become more productive and, in using them, to produce work of greater sophistication and elaboration than before.

"This is one of the reasons that they were produced in the first placed. What would be more interesting – and since I do not read Swedish I do not know if Ivarsson addressed this – would be the question of whether or how far interactive technologies would help people to become more creative in the sense of innovative and original.

"After all, the seductiveness of a tool might make it hard to criticize the premises that are built into it and to think independently."