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.
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.