Digital creativity isn't just about using digital technologies to make things. There's also a lot of planning and collaboration that comes with developing projects, and you might want to apply digital creativity approaches to these areas or think about how they are part of the process. Using digital creativity can also open up new opportunities for collaboration!
If you're planning a research project, no matter how big or small, you can use digital creativity tools to help you do this. You might initially want to explore your ideas, as we saw in the previous section of this guide.
Here are some other things to consider:
Thinking about where you want to incorporate digital creativity in a project early can help you to identify any funding, training or support requirements you might need. Here are some ideas:
Working with data
There are plenty of tools and websites available to help you collaborate with others in creative ways. Here are some examples and ideas for how you could use them.
When collaborating you need to decide how you'll keep in touch with others you're working with. Choosing the right digital communication tools can help make collaboration seamless and ensure that you have all the information you need and can easily discuss ideas and plan.
Video meetings have become a staple over the past few years. Whether you love them or are fed up of them, it's good to think about how you use the featurs of video conferencing and other tools for collaborative working. For example, using shared spaces like Google Docs, Jamboards, and Padlets to collate ideas and plans can be very helpful. Deciding what needs to be done over a call and what could be done either synchronously or asynchronously through something like Google Docs can also be useful.
There are myriad ways to contact people these days, from a simple email to a range of chat tools built into different apps and services. When collaborating on a project, choose how you're going to do the majority of communication. For example, do you need a Slack channel or a Google Group for emailing? Will you mostly be meeting, either in person or virtually, or will you need to talk a lot outside of meetings?
Think creatively too. Could you use multiple forms of communication, e.g. including images, GIFs, or emojis? Would a whiteboarding tool allow for more freedom of expression? Or would a spreadsheet actually help keep track of things outside of meetings?