Cognitive Support and the Rhythm of Design

  • Mike Sharples
Part of the Studies in Cognitive Systems book series (COGS, volume 17)


There are many ways to support creativity. Aids to creative thinking include a pencil and a blank sheet of paper, resources such as reference and topic books, other creative works to provide inspiration, different ways of representing ideas such as musical notation or topic maps, discussion and argument with colleagues, general techniques such as ‘brainstorming’ or ‘lateral thinking’, and more specific skills and procedures relevant to the particular activity. This chapter suggests how to make good use of existing aids to creative thinking and how to develop new ways to support creative design, drawing on a cognitive theory of creativity.


Conceptual Framework External Representation Musical Notation Creative Design Musical Composition 
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  • Mike Sharples
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  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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