This week we haven't got an article as such but instead an example of some really funky creativity. At Siggraph in 1991 Loren Carpenter demonstrated an interactive interface that many people could use simultaneously. Each person was given a paddle which was red on one side and green on the other. You pointed a side at the screen and it would register your vote.
This week we're dividing.
Game: There are 5 random words listed below. Your aim is to divide them in half. Think about all the different ways you could achieve this. As always, remember to be creative. (Read the strategy section below for an example that might give you some inspiration.)
Epizeuxis is a word I stumbled across recently and figured it was silly enough that it had to be a made up word. Then I looked it up and lo and behold, it was a real word. It's when you repeat a word several times in immediate succession. The aim is to create emphasis in a striking way. I thought it was very, very, very cool so it is the basis for this weeks challenge.
Wouldn't it be awesome if we could just say "Hey I need a really good idea for X", brainstorm for a bit and then end up with a great idea. This is rarely the way it works. Creativity needs time to simmer. Your ideas also need time to grow. Sometimes you have great ideas waiting to come out but you are just not ready yet. Great ideas lie on a path and you have to travel down it before you can find them.
This week we're defining.
Game: There are 3 random words below. Pick one of them as your target. You must now create a fictitious definition of the target based on one of the other words. Try and make the definition as plausible as possible but it doesn't have to be related to its normal meaning.
This weeks challenge will help you hone your eye for detail and improve your creativity. How much of the world passes you by without you noticing? We tend to put ourselves on auto pilot a lot of the time. If you want to improve your creativity you have to learn to see the small details and to question them. So let's dive in and see what's involved.
Life these days is crazy. It's hectic. It's busy. And it's only getting worse. You constantly have more demanding your attention and more information barraging your senses. In some ways this is great for creativity. The more information you have, the more ingredients to mix and match and make your creations from. That won't happen by itself however. Read on to see what you may be missing.
This week we're talking gibberish.
Game: Below you will find 3 random words. Your aim is to use any two of them to create a statement that is grammatically correct but actually makes no sense at all.
This weeks challenge is simple and quick. A fun way to get the ball rolling and get some creativity happening. Normally you can't force creative ideas. You can however encourage them. The aim of this weeks challenge is to get your mind to work quickly. When we do this we tend to forget about all the barriers that normally get in the way of our thinking and it starts to happen more freely. Read on to see what you're going to do.
In my work as an educator I have noticed a worrying trend. More and more, students are coming to rely on the internet and other sources to provide answers for them. They almost expect to be spoon fed what they need to know. I am assuming that this phenomenon is not just limited to students either. This is a dangerous path to head down and has some serious consequences for creative thinking.
This week we're creating the next fad.
Game: There are three random words below. Use them as inspiration to come up with a fad similar to Planking.