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.
This week we're inquiring.
Game: There are 5 random words below. Come up with the most interesting question you can regarding one of them. Think about the most interesting angles you can come from.
Sherlock Holmes was able to deduce a lot about you by noticing a series of minor details and piecing them together to create an overall bigger picture. A nifty skill to have but can we really do this in real life? Wouldn't it be great to meet someone for the first time and immediately know what they ate for breakfast and what they got up to last week. Or to walk into a room and have all it's occupants sussed out in an instant. This weeks challenge is to see if it's possible.
Are you having a lot of meetings but not really achieving anything? You know the deal. Everyone agrees that X is highly important. It's imperative that X is our primary focus. Etc, etc. A lot of talk, and everyone is excited and it feels like it's moving forward full steam ahead. The reality is the complete opposite. Nothing is happening except everyone restating how important X is. It's easy to fall into this trap with your creative projects.
This week we're campaigning.
Game: There are 3 random words below. You win if you are the last to post a comment. Your comment is only valid however if you use one of the words below to come up with a reason why nobody else should comment.
There is a particular bunch of people that are particularly creative. The problem is that they are also particularly secretive. Magicians. A good magician is able to amaze and entertain and their act is creative in many ways. Not only the mechanism of the trick but also the delivery and the banter that goes along with it to create the overall exerpience and illusion. It's a lot of fun but does require practice, skill and creativity.
Products and markets tend to follow a timeline. A series of phases from initial introduction to maturity. Creative thinking plays a different role as we progress through them. It can be quite interesting to follow and also useful to take advantage of. We go through a continual cycle of diverging and refining and each stage benefits from a particular type of creative thinking.
This week we're being cryptic.
Game: There are 6 random words below. Your aim is to come up with a cryptic clue for one of them (similar to what you would find in a cryptic crossword). See below for more on what a cryptic clue may be.