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Unlocking Innovation: How To Generate And Realize Great Ideas by Smashing Magazine

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Up On The Wall: How Working Walls Unlock Creative Insight

By Laura Busche

Research wall, design wall, research board, ideation wall, inspiration board, moodboard, pinboard — working walls are known by countless names. Underlying them all is a single idea: that physically pinning our sources of inspiration and work in progress, and surrounding ourselves with them, can help us to rearrange concepts and unlock breakthrough insights.

In their 2009 paper on creativity in design1, human media interaction researcher Dhaval Vyas and his colleagues coined the term “artful surfaces” to refer to “surfaces that designers create by externalizing their work-related activities, to be able to effectively support their everyday way of working.” According to Vyas ...

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