To get my creative juices flowing, I watched a movie created by one of the most innovative and creative animation studios around: Monsters University from Pixar. Pixar is an excellent example of creativity in both their final movies and production process.
To begin the assignment, I created a quick mind map in my sketchbook, complete with small sketches to go along with it!
My map has 4 main subcategories: Winter Sports, Snow, Holiday, and Warm Clothes. These branch out into a variety of different concepts from jackets and gloves, to cars and plows, and even to guns and robbers.
To come up with strange and wacky products and ideas from my mind map, I made a game of it. I would close my eyes and point at two random spaces on my map, picking those two concepts and blending them into one. I did this several times until I had come up with 10 product ideas (depicted bellow).
First, I combined Presents and Snow Plows. I created the "Santa Snowplow" which delivers presents to homes as it plows residential neighborhoods by catapulting them to the from door:
Next I combined an Ugly Christmas Sweater with Wrapping Paper, creating a product that wraps up gifts and when it's removed it can be used as a second gift, a Christmas sweater!
My next creation combines a Snow Blower with Skis to create skis that eject a stream of snow from the rear, similar to a jetski you would see on the water:
Combining Gloves and Shovels gave me a product that could help you dig out of any situation:
Next, I created a winter jacket for trees for when it gets extra cold. This makes the trees happier:
By combining figure skating with a pickup truck, I've managed to find a way to reduce the risk of automotive accidents:
Next. I put a snow plow on a hat. By plowing now this way, the user will get a lot more power from the new plowing angle:
To give cars more traction on snowy roads while also making them sparkle, I created a road salt that looks like medals and awards (gold silver and bronze!):
Ana finally, for the avid cross-country skier and hunter, I've combined skis with guns so you can hunt hands free!: