For this weeks assignment I really wanted to strive towards coming up with great ideas revolving around the winter theme. I love winter so naturally I love everything that has to do with it.
In my mind mapping, I listed everything I could think of when it comes to Winter. I associate myself more with certain things and a lot of them involve the struggles with the cold and the snow.
I realized that there are a lot of problems that can be solved with winter products just by making the mind map and associating different items to each other.
My two subthemes I stuck with was mostly winter warmth and fun in the snow and handy tools that can make winter a little bit more fun and tolerable weather-wise.
Oh and to get my creativity going, I watched some episodes of my favorite show Parks and Recreation, because they already come up with the funniest and most ridiculous ideas...
Right away I thought about crossing some products with the element of light. There are a lot of everyday winter items that would be a lot better if they just had lighting.
My first idea was for a shovel. Personally, I hate shoveling, it's not the most fun event, but even worse is when you're pretty much required to shovel at night or else you're stranded. I thought it would be pretty handy if the shovel had a built in light so night shoveling wouldn't be such a horrible task. I wanted to use the idea of Rudolph the red nose reindeer and his guiding light at Christmas for the shovel idea. I came up with a regular shovel with a built in reindeer head. The eyes and the red glowing nose light the pathways for shoveling.
My second idea also involved lighting because I know it's very difficult to snowboard at night without something to light your perceived path. I just added lighting to the tops of the goggles because then everywhere you look and turn, your path ahead will be visible which makes it so much easier not to fall on your butt!
My third idea was to help my dog, Kota. He is a little nervous when it comes to walking on snow, he tends to take the path less coated in snow because he will just sink right into it! The only way to prevent that and build up Kota's bravery when snow walking, is using doggy snowshoes. Snowshoes are very helpful when walking above the snow and it would be a lot easier for a non-heavy pooch to use them! I simply drew two pairs of mini snowshoes with velcro straps for adjustment. The weaved base of the snowshoes will also protect Kota's paws from ice and snow in the winter!
My fourth idea just involved sledding and candy. I wanted to incorporate the candy cane shape with the perfect sled. In the back of the sled, a compartment to store all your candy to fuel your sledding adventures.
My fifth idea involved coordinating the dog toy "Chuck-it" with snowball making. Everyone wishes they could make their snowballs for snowball fights a bit faster. I drew up a Snowball Scissors idea with two rounded points to cut the perfect snowball out of a fresh patch of snow. One side can then detach giving it the chuck-it ability.
My sixth idea involved the toy car I used to have when I was a child. You are able to push the car on your own with your feet hanging out the bottom, I thought it would be awesome to have an easier way of rolling out giant balls for making snowballs, so I took the walk-able toy car idea and added almost a bulldozing addition that was rounded at the edges to form the balls for structuring your perfect snowman in minutes!
My seventh idea had to do with decorating a Christmas tree. This is always a very time consuming task and not everyone has time to do it. I thought about a blanket, and associated that with the lights and the ornaments. I created a netted blanket of lights with attached ornaments to just simply drape over your tree! Christmas decorating, done!
My eighth idea involved snowpants with boots attached. My toes always get too cold in the winter so I thought having a button activated heat warmer in my boots that trailed up to the pockets of my snowpants would be handy dandy in the winter!
My ninth idea was for building snow forts. I always thought it was dangerous to just have the snow covering you considering if you did anything wrong you would just be buried inside afterwards. I thought that if you could use a tent like plastic shell to mount to the ground that had a textured material on the outside, it can be used as a base to build the snow fort around! Safety guaranteed.
For my last (tenth) idea I thought about the many students at the university who walk around campus with headphones on. I thought about adding a ear muff-hat combo attachment that would snap and fit around your headphones but still be able to keep your head nice and warm in the winter.