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Promoting Sustainable Creativity: An Empirical Study on the Application of Mind Mapping Tools in Graphic Design Education

School of Design and Architecture, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310023, China
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Academic Editors: Despo Ktoridou, Epaminondas Epaminonda, Leonidas Efthymiou and Barbara Motyl
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5373; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105373
Received: 23 March 2021 / Revised: 25 April 2021 / Accepted: 7 May 2021 / Published: 11 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology and Innovation Management in Education)
The development of creative thinking and creative problem solving is an important part of modern sustainable education. In teaching graphic design, educators should ensure the cultivation of sustainable creativity among students. Creative thinking and program development can be facilitated with the help of effective thinking tools. Among the various thinking tools, mind maps represent an easy-to-use visual diagram-based divergent thinking tool. However, few studies have examined the impact of mind maps on sustainable creativity in the design discipline. Similarly, few empirical studies have been conducted to analyse deeply the functional structure of and a graphic design education based on mind mapping. This study aims to examine the relation between students’ use of mind mapping tools and sustainable creativity in implementing mind mapping-based graphic design activities with a sample size of 35 first-year design students. Through an empirical experiment, each student was asked to create a mind map and generate a new graphic design work based on the given experimental materials. The results showed that the mind mapping tool plays an important role in the pre-conceptualization phase of the design process. This tool can effectively help designers develop creative ideas, stimulate their minds, and help them maintain their creative energy and have a sustainable and innovative creative ability. View Full-Text
Keywords: creativity; sustainability; creative thinking; mind mapping tool; graphic design education creativity; sustainability; creative thinking; mind mapping tool; graphic design education
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Dong, Y.; Zhu, S.; Li, W. Promoting Sustainable Creativity: An Empirical Study on the Application of Mind Mapping Tools in Graphic Design Education. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5373. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105373

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Dong Y, Zhu S, Li W. Promoting Sustainable Creativity: An Empirical Study on the Application of Mind Mapping Tools in Graphic Design Education. Sustainability. 2021; 13(10):5373. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105373

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Dong, Yenan, Shangshang Zhu, and Wenjie Li. 2021. "Promoting Sustainable Creativity: An Empirical Study on the Application of Mind Mapping Tools in Graphic Design Education" Sustainability 13, no. 10: 5373. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105373

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