Before I started the idea generation, I watched some fun TV shows: The Big Bang Theory and Arrested Development. I also re-watched the Movie Borat (I love that movie). Then I played Egyptian Rat Screw with my roommate and I also showed her my own card tricks. After card games, we found another game "spot it" in our "miscellaneous" kitchen drawer,so we just played the simple version of it as well. It was a quite fun afternoon and the most awesome part is: all of these games are for HOMEWORK!
After that, I started thinking about Winter, and I came up with some ideas. Here is the mind map. The special thing about the mind map: I started the right side first and then I figured out the right side had reached too far from the theme, so when I was thinking about the left side, I made it closer to the winter theme.
After sorting my ideas, I found these subthemes are quite interesting:
1. Winter warming products: body warmer, drink warmer...
2. Winer designs/fashion: coats, boots...
3. Winter holiday decoration: Christmas tree, ornaments...
Then it took me a long time to think where I should start the silly design ideas. Luckily I got a lot of inspirations from my mind map, so I think these ideas would make our winter happier and easier.
#1: Temparature Ring - A ring that can help you control your body temperature and help you stay warm the whole winter.
#2: Snowman Builder - Want the most beautiful and biggest snowman? This snowman builder can help you roll the most stable-round snowballs and help you build your own snowman.
#3: Easy-fold Christmas Tree - Just save more storage room for your Christmas tree.
#4: Self-warm Mug - Pour cold drink in it, and enjoy the warm drink after 1 minute. You don't need microwave in winter!
#5: Auto Ski - You don't know how to ski, but my gears know! Adjust the buttons on the side of your gear, and then the glasses will detect the distance and adjust the speed for your ski.
#6: Flannel PJ with Pillow - So easy, just sleep/lay anywhere you want. Good design to support your neck when you watch TV as well.
#7: Blanket TV - Hide under the blanket and enjoy the TV programs under your warm "fort".
#8: Christmas Song Fireplace - Plays Christmas songs whenever there is fire in it. Music changes based on the brightness of fire. There is a button on the side of the fireplace to adjust the speaker's volume.
#9: Winter Bike Cover - Protect yourself from cold wind/snow when you bike in the winter, and also it keeps you warm. It's just a light transparent cover attached on the bike, you can use it whenever is needed.
#10: Self-shower Robe - I hate taking a shower in the winter, why not just standing there, wearing the shower robe, and let the robe wash you and dry you, so you don't need to do anything, and you will be clean and staying warm at the same time.