How do you rate a creative person

Evaluation of creativity

Yesterday I got a question that I would like to present anonymously:

“I am currently thinking about the assessability of creativity and thought to myself that you might have some ideas or can recommend literature.
The definitions mostly aim at the aspect -new-. But for an evaluation sheet that may not be enough to classify an idea or the solution to a problem as creative.
More precisely, I would like to ask a group of people how or whether they rate a design product as creative.
Perhaps you have a suggestion which criteria and questions could be used to carry out an assessment.
I am also not entirely sure whether, for example, a separation between idea and implementation can be made when evaluating. If this separation is possible - is the person who did both (idea and implementation) only creative if both can be assessed as creative, or even if only one aspect is considered creative? "

This is a very exciting question that I haven't researched scientifically about you so far.

If you want to evaluate creativity in the context of a scientific approach, I see two steps: First, the term creativity must be conceptualized, i.e. you need a definition of creativity that is valid for your work.
In a second step, the concept of creativity would have to be operationalized, i.e. you have to define measurement criteria that you use to decide whether something is to be classified as creative or not.

Definition of creativity.

In my posts from December 25th, 2006 and January 1st, 2007 I dealt with Prof. Holm-Hadulla's creativity concept, which deals with the components and requirements of creativity, but not with its measurement and evaluation. At the beginning of Part 1 of this post, I brought a definition of creativity:

Creativity describes the ability of intelligent living beings to find new and unusual solutions to problems. The prerequisite for creativity is the ability to freely combine and develop things and procedures. An essential component is often the ability to think and act productively against rules (i.e. not just to combine) and thus to set up new rules.

This definition also resonates with being new, but I think just because something is new or different does not mean that it is creative, but that is a matter of definition. For many people, this new and different criteria is already sufficient to classify something as creative. If I now decide to replace the red light on the traffic light with a blue light, then that is new and unusual, but not creative.
What is also implied in the above definition - and this is particularly important in my opinion - that which the creative action brings about does not only have to be new or unusual, but above all it has to offer added value compared to what already exists.
Books by Edward deBono (e.g. lateral thinking), who wrote a lot on the subject, could be very helpful for this. You also see my post from 02/14/07.

What an added value is is highly subjective and can only rarely be determined using objective criteria. If I understand your question correctly, it is also about developing a comparable catalog of questions with the help of which the subjective assessment of the creativity of a product can be recorded.
Based on these criteria (new / unusual and creating added value) I would conceptualize creativity. I'm not quite sure myself how clearly new and unusual are and whether these criteria should be separated. If something is new, it will probably also be called unusual. If something is unusual, it doesn't necessarily have to be new, but maybe in a certain context it is.
On the basis of these criteria, you could also use a questionnaire (now shot from the hip) to ask people to evaluate the design product based on the criteria new / unusual and creating added value. It would then also be interesting to find out why something is classified as unusual and where the respondents see the added value of the product.

Perhaps other readers still have opinions, knowledge and recommendations for reading.

Separation of idea and implementation

With the separation of idea and implementation, we come back to completely different waters. Basically, I believe that ideas are not evaluated according to whether they are creative, but whether they offer added value and whether they can be implemented. As I said, I think creativity is not an end in itself, nobody will say I want a creative solution. It is more about the fact that the solution is a gain compared to others and that can often be achieved through a creative solution. I described some approaches for evaluating ideas in my post of 07/01/07 on brainstorming.
Ideas are always nice, but are of little use if they are not implemented. The implementation is particularly difficult. During the implementation, it may be found that none of this works as intended in the idea and the result is something completely different. That's why I believe that the end product, i.e. the implementation, should be assessed according to whether it is creative or not.