Creativity researchers have been trying to pin down the qualities of a creative idea for many years. We look at how the prize-winning name for a boat meets the criteria
The research has been developed in factor studies of names voted creative. This approach results in creativity being interpretative (some call it subjective). Typically, a panel of experts rates names on factors believed to be associated with creativity. A contest to name a new boat would make a nice illustration of the research. Or we could use the research to assess the creativity of the most popular name.