"Before idea generation, watch a funny movie, practice an improvisation warm-up game with friends, play a new board game, etc. Spend some time creating a mind map of the project theme area "winter". In addition to creating a mind map, you should experiment with tools such as association mapping and crossing products to come up with a 10 silly product ideas related to the theme. These ideas should be sketched in your design notebook and then cleanly digitized or recreated for the blog. Each idea should be a separate image file no smaller than 500 pixels wide at 72 dpi in the landscape orientation. The ideas should be presented as a sketch with a title.
For this assignment I started doing an activity to get the creativity juices flowing. Arrested Development is one of my favorite shows, so I decided to watch a few episodes. I also played a round of the game "Clue", which is my roommate's favorite game and therefore wasn't difficult to find a playing partner.
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The next part of the assignment was to create a mind map for the theme category of "winter". This was pretty easy since winter will soon be upon us and there are many things to
dread look forward to. I started drawing my mind map in my design notebook and this is what I came up with:
The three sub-themes I decided to highlight for the next assignment are: hot chocolate, snow forts and scarves.
SILLY PRODUCT IDEAS
Finally, we were to take our mind map and from it, extract 10 different and silly product ideas. For me, this was more difficult than I expected it to be. It was hard to turn off "reason" and be as silly as possible with the ideas. But alas, I finished 10, and included the images below.
I'm looking forward to seeing what other people come up with! It's sometimes surprising how different mind maps can turn out because of people's different experiences or associations with a general theme.