Online design discussion sites: Emerging resource for creative design

Moushumi Sharmin, Brian P. Bailey

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Abstract

Online design discussion sites are a popular networking platform drawing thousands of designers from all around the globe. These sites show promise as emerging design resource by enabling designers to learn about design techniques and tools, share ideas and to seek (receive) critique to help refine their ideas, and to learn from other designers' experience. In this paper, we report results of a study that aims to understand designers' experience and activities in online design discussion site and how they relate to design. We have analyzed member profiles (N=12164), posts submitted by one-time posters (N=2854), and post-contents (N=1004) for a month and conducted follow-up interviews (N=5) to investigate what roles such sites play in supporting design. Our findings reveal that while designers find such sites extremely promising, ineffective representation of ongoing activities, lack of visibility of contribution, and difficulty in finding needed information hinder (even discourage) participation. We propose actionable implications that can lead into better site design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOnline Communities and Social Computing - 4th International Conference, OCSC 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011, Proceedings
Pages219-228
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event4th International Conference on Online Communities and Social Computing, OCSC 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2011Jul 14 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6778 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other4th International Conference on Online Communities and Social Computing, OCSC 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period7/9/117/14/11

Keywords

  • Creative Design
  • Design Community
  • Design Critique
  • Online Design Discussion Site

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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