Technology cannot produce new ideas

I agree with the point made in Lee Sillitoe’s letter about computers hindering designers’ creativity (DW 6 March), and that creative development is being suppressed, or at least inhibited, by the design industry’s dependence on computer skills. But I disagree when he says the ability to generate new ideas is useless without a computer. Technology, no matter how sophisticated, cannot produce ideas or contribute to a rationale for solving design problems.

Computers are sophisticated tools which allow designers to explore and expand on their ideas, but they are not a substitute for creativity.

Tony Huggett

Design director

Quarto Design

West Sussex BN18 9DH

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