Surfing for Inspiration: digital inspirational material in design practice

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Abstract

Over the last decade, many new opportunities have emerged to support creativity and problem-solving in design by finding inspirational materials via the Internet. Online design communities such as those of Behance and Pinterest showcase portfolios and user-made artwork, and they offer support for designers’ day-to-day work to find and collect inspirational material. However, very little is known about how these communities affect inspiration-related practices of professional designers and how designers view them. This paper presents new data on the practices designers employ when seeking digital inspiration sources online and reflecting on, tracking, and managing them in today’s Web design. Current practice and views on sources of inspiration were described based on responses from 51 professional designers. The results suggest that the Internet has become a prevalent source for ideas in design, yet designers experience mounting issues of trust and relatedness with regard to online sources. Therefore, encouraging both should be considered a guiding principle for tools aimed at supporting designers within the realm of design practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2018
Subtitle of host publicationCatalyst
EditorsCristiano Storni, Keelin Leahy, Muireann McMahon, Peter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDesign Research Society
Pages1247-1260
Number of pages14
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912294-18-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventDesign Research Society International Conference - University of Limerick (UL) and Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) , Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018
http://www.drs2018limerick.org/

Publication series

NameDRS International Conference Series
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132

Conference

ConferenceDesign Research Society International Conference
Abbreviated titleDRS
CountryIreland
CityLimerick
Period25/06/201828/06/2018
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Keywords

  • inspiration
  • online design platform
  • design practice

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