When someone asks you to “be more creative,” what are you supposed to do? You might understand it as a polite (or condescending) way of saying that what you’ve been doing has become dull or predictable. Creativity is still an underexplored trait that we are not exactly sure how to facilitate. For that reason, creating computational systems that can promote people’s creativity is a significant challenge. Personally, I don’t like people’s perception of creativity which is represented as a light bulb next to their heads. Rather, one way that I define creativity from my own experience is that it is external recognition of creators’ tenacity, which manifests through artifacts.

Here are eight projects that support this definition. instead, I witnessed their hard work, not giving up, self-reflection, and collaboration, which constitute their creativity. I am proud of all the teams who successfully created an artifact that is functional and creative.

These eight projects presented on this website are final semester-long projects from Creative Computing Studio (CS4644, VT). This course offers students a rare chance to create an artifact of their choice before they graduate, using all the skills that you have learned over the last three or four years or so. This year, due to the new normal from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the themes given to students were remote liveness and internet art. Their responses to these themes were truly diverse and effective. Please enjoy their creations available on each page.

December 14th, 2020

Sang Won Lee