How Creative Mindset Is Involved in Positive Emotions and Attitude that Affects Creative Design Process

  • Joungyun ChoiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 968)


Creativity is an important problem-solving tool on the design context. People who are in design education treat creativity as an important component of their self-identity. Thus, it is imperative to develop and be mindful of creativity in design education. Most traditional design fields focus on creative outcomes that impact revenue, trends, and popularity. However, this current research shows that it is even more important to focus on people’s state of mind (mindsets) and attitude in building their creative ability. Depending on people’s attitudes toward their projects, some design solutions are more creative than others. The primary research objective of this study is to identify the presence of design students’ creative mindset and how it is manifested in their work. This research also seeks to determine how the creative mindset operates and develops with respect to students’ creative performance by incorporating the concept of the fixed/growth mindset toward creativity. The qualitative data established the fact that: (1) The creative mindset involves students’ attitude toward design projects and is manifested as a positive attitude, such as having an open mind and demonstrating readiness at the beginning of their design process; (2) A positive attitude from students’ creative mindset is closely related to learning goals, which is one of the main concepts of the growth mindset; (3) The creative mindset greatly affects the outcome of the design, and more specifically improves one’s design ability, which contributes to student success from a long-term perspective.


Creative mindset State of mind Positive emotion Growth mindset Open mind Learning goal Design education Higher education Decision to be creative Problem solving Design ability 


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  1. 1.College of Environmental Science and ForestryState University of New YorkSyracuseUSA

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