Reaching out 4 people was challenging at first! to get four people in one place for an hour ! but I managed to start the brainstorming session Saturday night!
Eman, Graphic Designer
Reem, Interior Designer
Abdulrahman, Interior Designer
I acted as both a facilitator and idea generator with the team.
Unfortunately, one of my participants canceled an hour before the exercise! but she emailed me the list of ideas she prepared for this session. [PDF]
I introduced both problem statements at first, and I wanted my participants to brainstorm both ideas together. Since both problem statement are related, I wanted my participants to think about both simultaneously to be inspired by each others.
P.S #1: How might we design mitten/gloves that would keep hand warm...
P.S #2: How might we keep our hands warm in winter...
I divided the brainstorming session to the following:
- warm-up game: stare at each others and a person blink at another person, if you get a blink, you should pass it to someone else! and while passing blinks the number increases (start with one blink, then two blinks, then three..etc).
The idea is to warm-up and make sure that everyone is paying attention to where the blink is and how many blinks we reached!
- 20 minute of general brainstorming.
- 10 minutes of negative brainstorming (worst ideas).
- 10 minutes of rolestorming.
- 5 minutes categorizing.
- 5 minutes evaluating.
It was really interesting to see how the participants developed ideas!
At first, I was a little worried about "how serious" they will be taking this assignment. I mean in class we have been practicing "freeing" our minds for a while, so brainstorming with my classmates was very easy and each one seemed to know the level of "seriousness" we were excepted to have!
I started with talking about my problem statement and my approach to this project, then I described to them briefly the brainstorming technique we will be using. I emphasized on thinking out of the box and thinking silly.
I noticed that each idea inspire the other, it started with some "more practical" ideas. Then as I joined and added very silly ideas, they felt more comfortable with thinking out of the box.
By the end, it was really fun to see all the ideas on the wall!
After categorization each one of us had 3 starts from each color to evaluate the ideas on the wall.
And after categorizing and evaluating, we decided that the second problem statement gave more space for creativity so we picked 4 ideas for P.S #1 and 6 ideas for P.S #2..
It was really hard to only select 6 since there where so many good potential ideas!
Here are the list of ideas for P.S #1 (how might we design mitten/gloves that would keep hand warm)
Ideas from P.S #2 (how might we keep our hands warm in winter)
IPM for the whole session = 0.6 PP
40 minute = 100 idea