Design families and remix landscapes



Title: Collective Creativity Systems: Design families and remix landscapes
Speaker: Jeffrey Nickerson, Professor, School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology
Date: Tues, Jan 31
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Room: NSH 1507


Collective creativity systems often include modification and recombination mechanisms, forms of remixing. In addition, metasystems can accelerate the exploration of design space. For example, customizers create design families by defining parameter ranges. These customizers can in turn be modified. The effect of this reuse for customization is analyzed in the 3D printing community Thingiverse. The study focuses on the design artifacts and their inheritance history, as well as their shape and semantic distance from each other. Some ways of using coordination and computation to catalyze design space exploration are discussed, with examples from several online communities.


Jeffrey Nickerson is a professor in the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology. His current research focuses on collective creativity: through observation and experiment, he seeks to understand how systems composed of humans and machines can explore design space. He has a Ph.D. from New York University in Computer Science, as well as an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. He is now working on two NSF-funded projects related to online community-based design and problem solving.