A modular approach to promote creativity and inspiration in search
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Today, searching through collections of books or written texts is often performed using digital search engines. There, the efficient yet limiting query paradigm is still the most dominant entry point. Previous work has characterized search processes in various contexts and describes search as integral and closely related to creative endeavours. We revisit this work from a design perspective, proposing guidelines for versatile search interfaces that are based on a modular approach to search. Inspired by aspects of search in physical environments, our recommendations address learning, creativity, inspiration, and pleasure as important and positive factors of (book) search. Based on in-depth interviews with library patrons about search practises in physical and digital environments and drawing from previous work on search behaviour, we discuss search patterns as modular constructs consisting of micro-strategies. We illustrate how the structure of these patterns, much like creative processes, is highly flexible and fluidly evolves based on learning and ideation during search, particularly in physical search environments. This modular approach to search provides a concrete yet flexible basis to design interfaces that facilitate versatile and creative approaches to search in digital environments.
Thudt , A , Hinrichs , U & Carpendale , S 2015 , A modular approach to promote creativity and inspiration in search . in Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition . ACM , New York , pp. 245-254 , ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015 , Glasgow , United Kingdom , 22-25 June . DOI: 10.1145/2757226.2757253conference
Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition
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We thank our funding agencies—NSERC, SurfNet, AITF, Grand, Smart Technologies—that made this research possible.