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Sticky Creativity. Post-it Note Cognition, Computers, and Design

Book published by IMC researchers

2019.12.02 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

The book brings together researchers from psychology, computer science, and design in order to understand why and how sticky notes are used, why they work well for creative activities, and whether sticky notes are replaceable or improvable by a digital counterpart. It begins with the history and affordances of sticky notes and their varied use in organizational life. Three multi-chapter sections then cover psychology, computers, and design respectively. From a psychological perspective, cognitive and socio-cognitive theories are used to explain the functions sticky notes serve in idea generation and creative collaboration. The following section presents the findings from three very different computerized instantiations of sticky notes, and discuss the challenges and opportunities when trying to digitize the sticky notes. The design section focusses on the sticky note as design practice in a variety of contexts from professional design to educational settings and art.

Read about the CIBIS project (www.CAVI.au.dk/CIBIS)

The researchers have for the last five years investigated creativity in design and one of our publications is a newly published edited book about Post-Its notes. 

Christensen, B.T., Halskov, K. &. Klokmose, C.N. (Eds.), Sticky Creativity: Post-It Note Cognition, Computers, and Design. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press, 2020  



Kim Halskov, Professor
School of Communication and Culture - Inforation Science