Why bad ideas are a good idea

Alan Dix, Tom Ormerod, Michael Twidale, Corina Sas, Paula Alexandra Gomes da Silva, Lorna McKnight

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What would happen if we wrote an Abstract that was the exact opposite of what the paper described? This is a bad idea, but it makes us think more carefully than usual about properties of Abstracts. This paper describes BadIdeas, a collection of techniques that uses ‘bad’ or ‘silly’ ideas to inspire creativity, explore design domains and teach critical thinking in interaction design. We describe the approach, some evidence, how it is performed in practice and experience in its use.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2006
EventHCIed 2006 - Ballina/Killaloe, Ireland
Duration: Mar 23 2006Mar 24 2006


ConferenceHCIed 2006


  • Bad ideas
  • lateral thinking
  • critical thinking
  • creativity and innovation
  • design fixation


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