Virtual Representation

Monday, 21 January 2013   |   Creativity Games

Strong RelationshipThis week we're representing.

Game:  There is 1 random word below.  Your aim is to use it as inspiration to create some sort of virtual representation of a value.  (See strategy below for what we mean.)

  • horseshoe

Challenge:  There is no challenge this week.

Strategy: This weeks game is actually quite difficult but it involves some really good creative thinking.  Our modern world contains many virtual respresentations of things.  These allow us to relate things in the physical world, that would normally have nothing to do with each other, in ways that are beneficial to us.  A good example of this is money or currency.  This is really just a virtual representation of benefit.  Before currency, people would barter physical items or services.  For instance you may have some bread that I would like and I may offer to fix your window in return for some bread.  But this limits what we can do because if you don't have a broken window and that is all I have to offer then we are stuck.  Currency allows us to pool our benefits and to transform them into a generic form that may be stored and transferred in any way we like.

Virtual representations are often quite easy to understand once they are created but can be very difficult to concieve beforehand.  They are very powerful from a creative point of view as they create bridges to allow for new combinations of things that may have been very hard to do before.

What this game involves is the creation of something that is not real that allows us to represent a value then shift that value amongst various physical things.


Get creative, join in below.