Designers and designers should get to work on their craft by learning to craft interactive web designs that let them explore new ideas and connect with readers, a new study says.
“The goal is not to create a masterpiece,” said lead author and co-founder of the site Creativity & Design Group at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Susanne Rehm.
“We are all designers, and we should have fun.
We are all students, and our goal should be to make learning fun and rewarding.”
The study was conducted by an academic team of researchers at the Tisch Lab of the Center for the Study of Social Computing, which was part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California.
In its latest report, the T-Sci team found that students who work on interactive web design are more likely to be creative and creative-minded and to have higher self-esteem, compared to those who work only on traditional design projects.
It is also likely that the more creative the designers, the more likely they are to get published and to be hired as designers, said Tisch professor of psychology Roberta W. Shulman.
“This is not a one-size-fits-all approach,” Shulmans said.
“There are so many creative ways to work.
But the one thing that is clear is that there are more and more creative ways of doing things than just traditional design.”
The researchers looked at data from the Social Media and Web Design Project, a project conducted by researchers at Stanford University, which surveyed students and designers at top U.S. universities about their interests in design and their interests on how to use the Internet to build their skills.
The study also surveyed participants about their personal experience of learning how to design, and the results were published online this week in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.
Students who worked on the study were asked to rate how helpful they found the project by asking questions that were similar to those used in the TishLab study.
The more they reported having a positive experience of their work, the higher their rating for the project.
The researchers say that students working on the TichLab project were more likely than those working on traditional designs to identify as creative, to be self-assured, and to report high self-worth.
“These results indicate that the Internet is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of design,” said co-author of the report, Dr. Rebecca P. Smith, a researcher at the Stanford Center for Research on Social Computing.
“Students may feel more confident in the ability to create designs that are engaging, interactive, and memorable, but these findings suggest that these skills are not necessarily necessary.”
This research was funded by the National Science Foundation.
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