Dialectical Creativity: Sketch-Negate-Create Conference Paper uri icon


  • Dialectical Creativity is the act of formulating a new concept through the original idea (the thesis), developing opposing contradictory ideas (the antithesis), and culminating on a more developed concretized idea that both negates and encompasses both the thesis and the antithesis (the synthesis). Sketching is a fundamental part of ideation. The act of performing ideation with an inherently abstract hand-drawn sketch, complete with messiness, allows the sketcher, through the misinterpretation of their own strokes, to evoke antithetical concepts, enabling the sketcher to quickly develop a creative synthetic idea. In the dialectical process there is a constant tension between creative change and the natural tendency to seek stability. Sketch recognition is the automated understanding of hand drawn diagrams by a computer, and can be used to both enhance creativity and/or idea stability. This paper discusses the Sketch Dialectic and its impact on the field of sketch recognition.

name of conference

  • Studying Visual and Spatial Reasoning for Design Creativity

author list (cited authors)

  • Hammond, T.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Hammond, Tracy

editor list (cited editors)

  • Gero, J. S.

publication date

  • 2015