The EnLighTable: Design of Affordances to Support Collaborative Creativity

  • Lucia Terrenghi
  • Torsten Fritsche
  • Andreas Butz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4073)


In this paper we discuss some interface design concepts for supporting and enhancing collaborative creativity in multi-user interactive environments. We focus on the design of affordances for direct manipulation and collaboration on table-top displays. As an application of our concepts, we introduce the EnLighTable, an appliance for creative teamwork in the selection of pictures and layout design based on a table-top touch-sensitive display. We present our rationale for the design of affordances which metaphorically relate to artifacts – and map to gestures – of the physical world. Finally we discuss the results of our first design iteration and introduce a possible future extension of the table-top appliance to other devices of an instrumented environment.


Layout Design Digital Information Information Item Graphic Designer Direct Manipulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucia Terrenghi
    • 1
  • Torsten Fritsche
    • 1
  • Andreas Butz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Munich, Media InformaticsMunichGermany

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