Grouping Notes Through Nodes: The Functions of Post-It Notes in Design Team Cognition

Graham Dove, Sille Julie Jøhnk Abildgaard, Michael Mose Biskjær, Nicolai Brodersen Hansen, Bo Christensen, Kim Halskov

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The Post-ItTM note is a frequently used, and yet seldom studied, design material. We investigate the functions Post-ItTM notes serve when providing cognitive support for creative design team practice. Our investigation considers the ways in which Post-ItTM notes function as design externalisations, both individually and when grouped, and their role in categorisation in semantic long-term memory. To do this, we adopt a multimodal analytical approach focusing on interaction between humans, and between humans and artefacts, alongside language. We discuss in detail examples of four different externalisation functions served by Post-ItTM notes, and show how these functions are present in complex overlapping combinations rather than being discrete. We then show how the temporal development of Post-ItTM note interactions supports categorisation qualities of semantic long-term memory.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventDesign Thinking Research Symposium 11 - Copenhagen Business School, København , Denmark
Duration: 13 Nov 201615 Nov 2016
Conference number: 11


ConferenceDesign Thinking Research Symposium 11
LocationCopenhagen Business School
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  • Post-It(TM) notes
  • Design cognition
  • Grouping
  • Categorisation
  • Concept formation

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