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Accessible Creativity with a Comic Spin

Tamburro, C., Neate, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1387-8168, Roper, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-6950-6294 & Wilson, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6445-654X (2020). Accessible Creativity with a Comic Spin. Paper presented at the ASSETS 2020: The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 26 - 28 October 2020, Athens, Greece. doi: 10.1145/3373625.3417012


Creativity and humour allow people to be expressive and to address topics which they might otherwise avoid or find deeply uncomfortable. One such way to express these sentiments is via comics. Comics have a highly-visual format with relatively little language.They therefore offer a promising opportunity for people who experience challenges with language to express creativity and humour. Most comic tools, however, are not accessible to people with language impairments. In this paper we describe ComicSpin, a comic app designed for people with aphasia. ComicSpin builds upon the literature on supporting creativity by constraining the creative space. We report both the design process and the results of a creative workshop where people with aphasia used ComicSpin. Participants were not only successful in using the app,but were able to create a range of narrative ,humorous and subversive comics.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Carla Tamburro, Timothy Neate, Abi Roper, Stephanie Wilson 2020. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record is to be published in Proceedings of the 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility,
Publisher Keywords: ComicSpin, aphasia, creativity, accessibility, comics, constrained creativity, creativity support tools.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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