This weeks challenge is of epic proportions. When you're project can enlist the excitement of many others it takes on an energy that propels it forward. Ideas that seem silly or impossible become doable and great once you aplify the goal. With that in mind, this weeks challenge is an experiment to see just how big we can go. I'm going to need the help of many so be prepared to spread the word.
The other day I oversaw an exam. It was a practical assessment and it afforded me an interesting observation. Creativity is not just about making interesting things. Creativity is also about getting things done. Creative people not only make things but can find ways to achieve nearly anything they want. Road blocks are something that can easily be worked around and may in fact provide opportunities.
This week we're inventing.
Game: There is one random word below. It is the starter word. Your aim is to create a fictional item whose name is made of up of two words. Your first word must be the second word of the poster before you. Try and make is as wacky as possible.
This weeks challenge is something you may have done before. Never the less, it is one that I find fun to return to every now and then. It's a simple little activity that can show you just how much is out there. The world is a huge place and is full of interesting things. Let's see just how big the world really is. Read on to find out what this weeks creativity challenge is.
Great presenters encourage creative thinking. I'm currently giving some lectures on how to write HTML and CSS (or how to make web pages). Over the years my material and method of presentation has evolved and with it has come some interesting observations. Our minds have developed over many millions of years to work in certain ways. Yet we spend a lot of our time dealing with ideas in ways that are not in-line with this. If you line the two up, things start happening.
This week we're progressing.
Game: There are 5 random words below. Use one of these as inspiration for something that can be used to catch or mangle whatever it was that the previous comment suggested. The idea is that we're following the same pattern as the nursery rhyme "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly". (See strategy below for more)
Are you stuck in a rut? Wish your life was more exciting? Really want to launch your creativity? Read on my dear friend as this weeks creativity challenge is just what you need. They say variety is the spice of life. So let's sprinkle a healthy dose of variety over your life and see what happens. I dare you to take up this challenge and see where it gets you.
A few days ago I was tasked with creating a solution to allow print queues to be displayed on a monitor above printers in a school. Sounds pretty mundane I know but it turned out to be an awesome exploration of the creative process. I'm sure there are gurus out there who could have hacked together a more robust and elegant solution that what I mangled together but I got a solution, and it worked. Read on to see me dissect the creative process at play.
This week we're wishing.
Game: There are 3 random words below. Use one of them as inspiration for something that would be present in a perfect world.
Making things big can have a big impact. It makes things stand out. It makes the normal, exciting. This weeks challenge is going to ask you to blow things out of proportion. See how it changes your perspective. The aim is to go as big as possible. It's a simple project that has the potential for a lot of creativity so make sure you experiment and explore different possibilities.
C ontext is important
R eveal the underlying principle, powerful emotion and true beauty.
E verything is possible.
A sk the right questions. Ask many questions. Ask the questions that haven't been asked.