There is nothing so dangerous as an idea when it is the only one you have. – Émile Chartier

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. – Linus Pauling

Question: In what ways do you think that these quotes are important for a graphic designer to think about?

  • A lot of ideas creates one big idea which can be better overall than the rest.
  • Lots of idea creates paths to solutions.
  • Keep multiple ideas as back up from other ideas not going to plan.

Divergent thinking is a thought process used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. This style of thinking is key to us as designers as we must always think of every possibility and we must never discard any idea that we have as it may inspire us to other great ideas.

Divergent thinking, Time allowed: 90 seconds

Many uses for a paper clip: Hold paper, wear as a wristband, keep a tie together, bend it into an S shape, to open plastic wrapping.

Thoughts: It’s quite hard with short time but interesting seeing other people’s ideas.

Divergent thinking, Time allowed: 5 minutes

Many uses for a brick: Build houses, break into dust, weapon, build castles, use as shoes, make things sink, make pebbles, make sand on coast, weigh things down.

Thoughts: A simpler object is easier especially with more time. I think I’m improving.

Divergent thinking – using a brief, Time allowed: 10 minutes

Many uses for alien skin material for a children’s book: Leather, slime, play dough, crocodile skin or animal skins, green coloured plastic, cloth, soft metal, green glass (non-breakable), seaweed, scales.

Convergent thinking is a lot like divergent thinking in the sense that you have to think of several ideas, however in convergent thinking all of these ideas must be logical.

Question: Which of the previous divergent thinking idea might actually work? Choose the three most likely ones. Say why you have selected them.

I would take fake scales further into design because I could use the sliver insulate material which can be cut them sown into scale like pattern which is good as It will be non-toxic and hard to rip off also cheap due to small cut outs. I would say the age range would be 3-7 years old.

The main thing to keep in mind about convergent thinking is…

DON’T KILL THE CREATIVITY!

Reflection:

Question: How did you feel about doing the divergent thinking exercises? What did you learn about thinking, or about yourself, when doing this?

I found it interesting hearing other people’s ideas with the exercises especially ones that you didn’t think of yourself. Never done an activity where you can write anything down even if its ‘silly’ so used to thinking before writing. It also looks like an easy activity but some words can be tough like ‘wooden coffee stirrer’.

Question: In what ways do you think that ideas-generating techniques are useful to a designer?

As a designer sometimes you may run low on ideas its natural for any human being so these thinking exercises will help in the long-term future. Also you may run low on time so running though it will help your mind function fast as possible which is very useful for a designing carrier.

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