Exploring Creativity: Evaluative Practices in Innovation, Design, and the Arts

Exploring Creativity: Evaluative Practices in Innovation, Design, and the Arts

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Cambridge University Press, 3/21/2013
EAN 9781107033436, ISBN10: 1107033438

Hardcover, 330 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

Under the guidance of Moeran and Christensen, the authors in this volume examine evaluative practices in the creative industries by exploring the processes surrounding the conception, design, manufacture, appraisal and use of creative goods. They describe the editorial choices made by different participants in a 'creative world', as they go about conceiving, composing or designing, performing or making, selling and assessing a range of cultural products. The study draws upon ethnographically rich case studies from companies as varied as Bang and Olufsen, Hugo Boss and Lonely Planet, in order to reveal the broad range of factors guiding and inhibiting creative processes. Some of these constraints are material and technical; others are social or defined by aesthetic norms. The authors explore how these various constraints affect creative work, and how ultimately they contribute to the development of creativity.

Foreword Howard S. Becker
Introduction Brian Moeran and Bo T. Christensen
1. What's the matter with Jarrettsville? Genre classification as an unstable and opportunistic construct C. Clayton Childress
2. In search of a creative concept in Hugo Boss Kasper T. Vangkilde
3. Reconceiving constraint as possibility in a music ensemble Shannon O'Donnell
4. The Ursula Faience Dinnerware Series by Royal Copenhagen Brian Moeran
5. Looking into the box
design and innovation at Bang and Olufsen Jakob Krause-Jensen
6. Creativity in the brief
travel guidebook writers and good work Ana Alačovska
7. Celebrity status, names and ideas in the advertising award system Timothy de Waal Malefyt
8. Evaluation in film festival prize juries Chris Mathieu and Marianne Bertelsen
9. Restaurant rankings in the culinary field Bo T. Christensen and Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen
10. Patina meets fashion
on the evaluation and devaluation of oriental carpets Fabian Faurholt Csaba and Güliz Ger
evaluative practices in the creative industries Keith Sawyer.

Advance praise: 'This cross-disciplinary, international collection of essays is marvelously eclectic. The central question of how creative industries evaluate their work is discussed via the lens of everything from dinnerware to clothing to film festivals to restaurant rankings. This book - particularly the outstanding synthesis by Keith Sawyer - will be of great interest to creativity researchers and organizational scholars alike.' James C. Kaufman, Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Learning Research Institute, California State University at San Bernardino