Posts Tagged ‘brainstorming’

Clustering Brainstorming Ideas

June 17, 2009


The brainstorming festival we had this week was a huge success, lots of creative ideas were generated that proved to be great inspiration to be developed further or to trigger new thinking. After completing the brainstorm i spent a little time to cluster my ideas before going through them. Some the clusters that formed were goal orientated tracking, tracking with sensors and tangible objects for visualisation.

After spending time sketching out initial thoughts and ideas after the brainstorming i have decided to focus on an idea that uses GPS and direct reporting (inputting data) in its simplest form to make a happiness map for the user… by tracking when and how long you spend on certain activities, who you are with and how satisfied it makes you, relative to what your priorities are.  At the moment this idea sounds very fluffy but it is clearer in my head!! i am currently mapping out scenarios and how the service could potentially work. We have a review next week so i will post my presentation then when things will be clearer!

Brainstorming Festival

June 14, 2009

During our Service Design Block we had a brainstorming festival that was super effective  so we decided to arrange another one for our final projects. Friday was the first of three days….. Armed with post-its, markers, design challenges and goodies everyone came up with wild and wonderful ideas. In the session that i facilitated i chose two areas to brainstorm….these were:

How might people track and visualise the different types of communication and contact they have with different members of their family and friends, to become more aware of their behaviour, and understand where to make active changes?

How might we create a platform that will help people to prioritize in their lives by keeping track of and reminding them of past experiences that they can then use as a reference point to make decisions in the future?




Some more photos here.

Brainstorming workshops…

March 19, 2009

Some more photographs from the workshops we hosted and facilitated…

brainstormweek23Sid facilitating one of the sessions

brainstormweek19A lot of ideas!!

brainstormweek20Marcin thinking hard

brainstormweek211Brainstorming tools!

Brainstorming Festival!

March 17, 2009

For the last two days at CIID we have had a brainstorming extravaganza!!Each group has facilitated three brainstorming sessions around their design challenges they developed last week and attended another 4 sessions! Over the two days we followed the Ideo process for brainstorming, which is strict but super effective. Having this methodical process has definitely paid off in our ideas. Each group produced hundreds of ideas over the two days! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this process, here is an outline……

1. A well framed question to tackle..

The question you want to brainstorm around has be…not too broad and not too narrow. For example

“how might be design a web based social network for German people to meet new friends” is far to narrow, but “how can we use innovation to help teach children” is far too broad.  The opportunity you want to create must be framed correctly to inform and inspire the ideas.

2. A good facilitator

This more challenging than you would think…even though you are not responsible for coming up with the ideas, you have to keep your group focused, motivated and energized…and when the ideas start to fade you have to be quick on your toes to approach your question from a new angle that will start the ideas again. Some of the great tips we were given from Brian were…

  • Ensure ideas are captured and everyone behaves.
  • At this point, we are focusing on IDEA GENERATION, not evaluation. That comes later. Keep the group generative.
  • Make sure everyone gets heard and that everyone is listening, Groups are more powerful because they BUILD on each other’s ideas.
  • Encourage WILD ideas, it’s fun and can trigger great innovations.
  • Try to keep ideas to a SOUND BYTE or a headline, Encourage catchy titles and drawings.
  • Have fun!

3. A set of rules to follow

And finally the Ideo rules to follow, which will help greatly!

  • Defer Judgment, no criticism in anyway, verbally or in body language
  • Encourage Wild ideas, the might inspire more practical ones
  • Build on ideas of others
  • Stay focused on the topic
  • One conversation at a time
  • Be Visual  “Draw a crazy picture, put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before” – Shel Silverstein
  • Go for quantity  “The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas” -Linus Pauling

So after putting all of this into practice this is what we got…..A lot of ideas, around 300!!!




Tomorrow we will be clustering ideas, refining ideas and deciding which one to develop into a service story before creating a video scenario to show the user experience…which we will present on monday! A busy weekend ahead 🙂

Thesis Week!

February 2, 2009


Today we started our first steps towards out thesis. The day involved brainstorming areas of interest, personal and design related and thinkng about what impact we want out thesis to have in our lives. We also did a great exercise of hearing what everyone else in the class thinks we should do!

Dinner Meeting….

January 19, 2009



Last night Adam, Sid  and myself had a night of risotto, america cookies and some project work. Over the course of the evening we discussed the feedback be were given on friday during our crit and refined our idea and tweaked our idea. During our presentation, there were still elements of confusion with the metaphor of the scale we were using…So we also brainstormed ideas that took the visual of the scale away and really simplified the functions of it. Today we will get feedback on whch is the best approach to take and hopefully get down to some more electronics prototyping!!