Research in Engineering Design

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 7–23 | Cite as

The effect of information and communication technologies on creativity in collaborative design

  • Vicente ChulviEmail author
  • Elena Mulet
  • Francisco Felip
  • Carlos García-García
Original Paper


This study compares the degree of creativity of forty-two conceptual designs proposed as solutions to two innovative design problems developed in face-to-face and virtual collaborative environments. The solutions obtained were evaluated by three experts applying the Moss metric, which considers the level of usefulness and the level of unusualness. The average values and the trends of the data were obtained, and an analysis of the variance was also performed to determine whether the environment influences the degree of creativity. The results show that it cannot be proved that the level of creativity is influenced by working face-to-face or virtually, that is, whether information and communication technologies are used or not has no effect on the final result.


Collaborative design Conceptual design Creativity and innovation Design groups Information and communication technologies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicente Chulvi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elena Mulet
    • 1
  • Francisco Felip
    • 2
  • Carlos García-García
    • 2
  1. 1.Dep. d’Enginyería Mecànica i ConstruccióUniversitat Jaume ICastellónSpain
  2. 2.Dep. d’Enginyeria de Sistemes Industrials i DissenyUniversitat Jaume ICastellónSpain

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