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Bringing stimulated ideation in a web environment: Students’ evaluations of a basic software release

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICDC 2018 - 5th International Conference on Design Creativity, Conference Proceedings
EditorsElies Dekoninck, Andrew Wodehouse, Chris Snider, Georgi Georgiev, Gaetano Cascini
ISBN (Electronic)9781904670834
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Design Creativity - Bath, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Jan 20182 Feb 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
ISSN (Print)2220-4334
ISSN (Electronic)2220-4342


ConferenceInternational Conference on Design Creativity
CountryUnited Kingdom


Previous studies have demonstrated that creative design activities benefit from stimuli and that textual prompts might extend the exploration of the design space. However, the number of stimuli to conduct a wide exploration is large and the support of an ICT platform results necessary to manage a creative task effectively because of the presumably large number of generated ideas. Within a project named Startled, a very simple first release of a web application has been developed that supports ideation activities by means of stimuli. Dozens of students enrolled in different courses and Universities have tested the platform and answered a questionnaire, which aimed to elucidate their self-efficacy, perceived workload, ease of use and utility of the present version of the web application. The outcomes show, beyond few differences between students with diverse backgrounds, a majority of neutral and slightly positive answers. The results are not fully satisfying and the authors intend to make the ICT-supported creative tool more guided, user-friendly and intuitive.


  • New product benefits, Questionnaires, Stimulated ideation, Web application

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland