Art Thinking and Design Thinking

Jill Townsley

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A broader spectrum of creative practice is considered more closely, distinguishing between art and design as different entities within the creative tradition. Drawing distinctions between these two forms, could help us understand creativity with more breadth. Creativity may be classified across two domains in the visual arts, art thinking and design thinking. This distinction has a long tradition, however, research outside of practice-based analysis has introduced it as a multidisciplinary tool. Art thinking has in this way expanded beyond art practice and is applied as a general method for observing and utilizing patterns, in all types of creative activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreativity in Art, Design and Technology
EditorsSusan Liggett, Rae Earnshaw, Jill Townsley
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783031248696
ISBN (Print)9783031248689
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Cultural Computing
PublisherSpringer Cham
ISSN (Print)2195-9056
ISSN (Electronic)2195-9064

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