Design Thinking Is Not A Safe Way To Be Creative

Game-Changer

“If you think design thinking is a cookie-cutter, templatised way to “safely” be creative, think again.” Most people don't pick design as a profession because they need structures, definitions and measurable progress.

Mystical guidelines for creating great user experiences

Boxes and Arrows

Every creative process in the world ultimately follows this progression, because it is really a part of the continual unfolding of the world itself, in which we are co-creators. It is understood that creation becomes increasingly defined and tangible as the creative power flows from one realm to the next. The realm of design. This corresponds with the conceptual design of how the business idea may be realized. Creative activity. Design. Visual design.

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WALT DISNEY’S CREATIVE THINKING TECHNIQUE

Imagineer7

This is true whether the individuals are inventors, artists, writers, scientists, designers, businesspeople, or everyday people fantasizing about a better life. One approach is a creative-thinking technique used by Walt Disney which allowed his vivid imagination to explore extraordinary ideas and concepts. Play the dreamer using the following guidelines: 1. There is a clear relationship between wishful thinking and creativity.

Using Design Principles At IdeaScale

IdeaScale

Having design principles is like having a set of constraints or guidelines to work with. In her post “Taming Blue Sky Ideation: Collecting Ideas that are Both Novel and Valuable,” Whitney describes how presenting a strong problem statement with clear constraints in an innovation challenge “breeds creativity.” These principles are a foundation for what it means to design things at IdeaScale, and can be debated in any scenario. Design for easy starts.

Applying the Three Horizon Thinking to a Fresh Perspective of Innovation Design

Paul Hobcraft

The 3H builds portfolio design, outline the steps to resolve in any complex challenge, it ‘informs’ strategy and builds the business case for taking a specific direction to that ‘desired future’ If you want to read more on the three horizons then take some time out to explore the “ insights and thinking ” resource page shown under the ‘tabs’ above. I recently applied the three horizons thinking to ‘frame’ a new innovation design.

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Organizational Design: Clearing the Runway for Collaboration and Breakthrough Thinking

Innovation Excellence

Technology has allowed numerous industries to grow at a rapid pace and has streamlined countless business processes…but it still can’t learn, design, and discover the way people can. For these reasons, it’s crucial for leaders to design organizations with their people in mind.

Design Thinking Tools: how to use them to solve complex problems

mjvinnovation

This is because they break down the complexity of processes so that the designer has a full 360-degree view of the problem, anchoring them in their way of thinking. Continue reading to understand what Design Thinking is and how DT tools can be the turning point for your business! What is Design Thinking. When we talk about Design Thinking , we are referring primarily to the way designers think. What are some Design thinking tools ? Design Thinking

The 10 Commandments of Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

The original guidelines of brainstorming (defer judgment, quantity of ideas, build on ideas, combine, etc.) Design of the session should include introvert-friendly tools (see #9). The Sins That Ruin Idea Generation. Redefine Brainstorming If You Want Results. .

How to Create an Amazing Life by Design ~ 5 Fundamentals

Mills-Scofield

Two and a half years ago, I was invited to share my story, Life by Design , at Brown University's Creative Mind Lecture series. After several years of mentoring and advising, I've discovered 5 (at least) fundamentals to creating an amazing Life by Design (through very non-scientific methods). Engineers should only look for engineering jobs, not design, product management, etc. English majors should only look for writing or PR jobs, not design, product management, etc.

Are Design Patterns an Anti-pattern?

Boxes and Arrows

Design patterns are generally considered a good thing, but do they actually help run a user experience group? As a user experience group manager and an observer (and sponsor) of design pattern exercises, I’ve come to have serious questions about their actual utility. It’s not that design pattern libraries are bad, but that in a world of limited resources, it is it is not clear that the investment is worth it. Design Patterns take a lot of investment.

Top Creative Clicks for the Week – Labor Day and Facebook. Is God an Algorithm?

BrainZooming

Whatever it is, there are indeed inspirations behind the creative clicks that just pop up on my Facebook page that influence my work everyday. So in honor of Labor Day, this week’s Creative Clicks from Facebook inspire my working mind. As always, finding the creative clicks is as easy as clicking on the title to link to the full article – Marianne Carr. It made me LOL, which is a great way to inspire creative thinking. there is a real logic to the design.

Why we should focus on Innovation Governance

Paul Hobcraft

That can so often drain energy and life out of the creative needs of innovation, it becomes more “rote and uninspiring” Innovation should never be dull or lack fuel for the inquiring mind.

Integrating Prototyping Into Your Design Process

Boxes and Arrows

“ Just like with any other UX research or design tool, context plays a critical role in determining how effective prototyping will be for you. When aimed well, a prototype can answer design questions and communicate design ideas. Most of the time when we talk about a “high-fidelity&# prototype we are referring to a prototype that has some visual or industrial design applied to it. These wireframes show layout and functionality but have no visual design.

Organizations suffer constantly from unhealthy Innovation tension

Paul Hobcraft

Often we forget to reinforce the very design within our organizational structures, we leave role structures incomplete and uncertain, or we always seem to be changing them, before they have had any real chance to ‘form and storm.’

Pattern Languages for Interaction Design

Boxes and Arrows

Will Evans stalked and captured Erin Malone, Christian Crumlish, and Lucas Pettinati to talk about design patterns, pattern libraries, styleguides, and innovation. Erin, Christian, and Lucas are leading a workshop on design patterns at this year’s Interactions in Vancouver; and, Erin and Christian are writing a book on patterns for designing social spaces for O’Rreilly. “ An interaction design pattern is not a step-by-step recipe or a specification.

Applying the Three Horizon Thinking to a Fresh Perspective of Innovation Design

The Future Shapers

The 3H builds portfolio design, outline the steps to resolve in any complex challenge, it ‘informs’ strategy and builds the business case for taking a specific direction to that ‘desired future’. I recently applied the three horizons thinking to ‘frame’ a new innovation design. So, the thinking intent of searching for a new innovation design had some framing assumptions that can leverage where we are to move towards a new future. •

Network Operating Model: How To Design, Build & Embed An Agile Operating Platform Geared For Mounting Complexity & Rapid Change…

The Future Shapers

The thrust of the book focused on the creation of a Dual Operating System designed to handle today’s business-as-usual in a traditionally efficient (hierarchical) way, while at the same time operating a parallel highly agile and innovation-friendly structure wired to capitalise on tomorrows future opportunities. I will also do my level best to unpack the following Network Operating Model design thinking in a practical and accessible way. Setting The Scene.

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Deeper read or quick summary- finding the time

Paul Hobcraft

The two I have decided to summarize are 1) Beyond Design Thinking and 2) Minimum Viable Transformation. Beyond Design Thinking. Beyond Design Thinking – reflecting on its place. The key to design thinking is it begins by imagining a solution that does not exist yet, and then set about outlining a pathway to realizing it. What is at the heart of design thinking? This is not what design thinking should be for.

Building the Innovation Business Case

Paul Hobcraft

What condition of ‘readiness’ in design, capabilities and capacity4. These form the ‘way forward’ in discussions, resolution and design.

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

Osborn didn’t invent a technique at all, he developed a framework (with Sid Parnes) called “CPS” — more formally known as Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving. Most people who brainstorm have no idea what the guidelines are for doing it properly. They are unaware of the more comprehensive brainstorming system Osborn-Parnes designed. Fast Company Article “Brainstorming is Dumb” Misses the Point.

Thoughts about How to Define and Use Metrics Effectively

Rmukesh Gupta

When people are paid for performance and the way if the performance is measured via metrics or KPI’s, that someone far removed from reality uses to dole out rewards or punishment, people tend to find creative ways to game the system.

13 Strategic Thinking Questions to Imagine a Radically Different Future

BrainZooming

Originating in a long-term future visioning exercise we designed and facilitated for a client, we developed these questions to prompt a group’s thinking about dramatic future change. Brainzooming - All Posts Creativity Innovation Strategic Planning Strategic Thinking Tools strategic thinking questionsNeed to challenge your team to being imagining the future, realizing it may look hardly anything like today ?

Brainstorming Rules (What are the Rules for Brainstorming Sessions?)

InnovationTraining.org

Alex Osborn’s book Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem-Solving is a classic foundational text if you’d like to get into the origins. IDEO has become a popular source for design thinking and human-centered design information.

7 WAYS TO WAKE UP YOUR IMAGINATION

Imagineer7

Following are tips on how to loosen up the group to energize their creative thinking. Ask participants to draw a personal symbol that metaphorically symbolizes their view about creativity. A six word description of creative thinking could be: “Last night confused.

Branding Strategy – The Best Brand Promise EVER

BrainZooming

It was only after pulling into the parking lot at Kris and Kate’s Ice Cream Treats on the return trip that something even more incredible than the building’s design jumped out: the best brand promise ever. Support and guidelines instead of rules for employee behavior? Brainzooming - All Posts Branding Competitive Strategy Creativity Implementation Innovation Marketing Strategic Thinking Strategy Tools brand promise branding strategy

Cynefin: A framework that grows for me all the time in its value and worth.

Paul Hobcraft

Adding additional features to software, in any strategic design are more predictable. Here it is the chance to be more creative, to brainstorm, to allow exchanges and challenge to the surface. You look here to focus increasingly on building guidelines, establishing rules or standards and less on applying fixed processes that do not meet this environment. This is the place where new business models, innovation, and creativity can emerge.

How a (crowdsourced) idea becomes a product

Betterific

But that campaign, and other ideation campaigns like it, didn’t require any creative problem solving. This was an interesting decision from the outset, as most of Betterific’s clients give a rigid set of guidelines to try and direct Betterific’s design thinking member base. Their designers then sketched out the selected ideas, which allowed them to dig deeper in their evaluation meetings. That approach reflects a design-thinking methodology.

TRANSFERRING IDEAS FROM ONE DOMAIN TO ANOTHER

Michael Michalko

Like a spark that jumps across a gap, an idea from one world is used to create a new idea or creative solution to a problem in another world. The guidelines are: (1) State your challenge. The idea: Use CAD to design backyard decks.

Trusting the Process

Boxes and Arrows

An appropriate and attainable SOW determines whether my team of UX designers and researchers get the time and activities we require to fully understand a client’s needs and fashion a suitable solution. But prematurely-fixed outputs confine the value of design strategy. Designers need flexibility to define the solution once they have complete information. In design school, when a classmate was uncertain about an ambiguous direction, we urged them to trust the process.

ENERGIZE YOUR BRAINSTORMING

Michael Michalko

Ask participants to draw a personal symbol that metaphorically symbolizes their view about creativity. A six-word description of creative thinking could be: “Last night confused. Ask each participant to write a six-word book that describes their perspective on creativity.

Deeper read or quick summary? Depends on the time we have.

Paul Hobcraft

The two I have decided to summarize are 1) Beyond Design Thinking and 2) Minimum Viable Transformation. Beyond Design Thinking. The key to design thinking is it begins by imagining a solution that does not exist yet, and then set about outlining a pathway to realizing it. What is at the heart of design thinking? It falls down attempting the wrong things or trying to fit design thinking into the events of the day. This is not what design thinking should be for.

Liberating Structures Training and Templates

InnovationTraining.org

Designing and facilitating innovative meetings with your team can be pressure-filled and time-consuming. This innovative approach to meetings is designed to involve a larger number of people in the process to boost inclusion, participation, clarity, and purpose.

Making an impact on an organization’s innovation environment

Paul Hobcraft

To foster innovation and its environment, key levels of management and individuals must be committed to creating an environment and culture that promotes creativity, be engaged and promote the ability to promote change in nimble, agile and flexible ways to meet changing conditions in the market place and with customers. It is this creativity through the innovations that are flowing through the organization that often needs a critical focal point to create a change that has impact.

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6 Innovation Tool Kits to Drive Business Growth

Leapfrogging

Most innovation toolkits these days have roots in design thinking, and draw inspiration from one of the original freely available toolkits from the Stanford Design School called the Bootcamp Bootleg. Silicon Valley’s iconic software firms, Intuit and Adobe, were two of the first to deliver design thinking toolkits based on Stanford’s approach to their broader employee populations.

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THINKING PARADOXICALLY

Michael Michalko

Dr. Albert Rothenberg, a noted researcher on the creative process, has extensively studied the use of opposites in the creative process. Following are specific guidelines for solving problems based on this thinking strategy which include creating a paradox, finding an analogue and using the unique feature of the analogue to trigger original ideas. Read the following top down. Happiness comes from within”. Is a lie, and. money will make me happy.”.

Management 3.0: Why you should get to know this Model?

mjvinnovation

Stimulates creativity and innovation. is the old-fashioned management model: strong hierarchical structure , top-down, with little decision making and creative freedom for teams. principles listed in his work — guidelines that contribute to the successful implementation of the model.

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So You Wanna Build a Library, Eh?

Boxes and Arrows

The following article is an abridged version of Chapter 7 of Nathan Curtis’s 2009 book, Modular Web Design published by New Riders. The book’s first half addresses how to modularly break down your design, build it back up, and communicate in new and interesting ways. With those design techniques in hand, the book then drills into how to organize and build a library, teach it to others, and establish a process for maintaining it for an organization.

Meet the yet2 team – Seetha Ramnath

Yet2

The book takes the reader through an introspective look at what qualities great innovators have, and what makes one person more creative than another. In this case, we were designing the optimal sound for a car door to produce when it is closed.

6 Innovation Tool Kits to Drive Business Growth

Leapfrogging

Most innovation toolkits these days have roots in design thinking, and draw inspiration from one of the original freely available toolkits from the Stanford Design School called the Bootcamp Bootleg. Silicon Valley’s iconic software firms, Intuit and Adobe, were two of the first to deliver design thinking toolkits based on Stanford’s approach to their broader employee populations.

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Treating Innovation Risk Differently, Dealing with Uncertainty

Paul Hobcraft

We all can be encouraged to raise our risk appetite with establishing clear guidelines and parameters, so we all become more motivated and engaged, excited about a different future, curious to explore, wanting and encouraging an environment to experiment but this ‘signal’ and risk appetite guidelines must come from the top. By sitting down and outlining the risk acceptable within evolving guidelines, those that are not ‘well-set in stone’ but will evolve and loosen as we learn.

Implementing New Circular Business Models with the Circular Navigator Methodology

The BMI Lab Blog

This article explains our framework called « Circular Navigator » which provides an actionable path for companies to design, validate, and implement a circular ecosystem with suitable business models that are beyond the reach of single companies.

Treating Innovation Risk Differently, Dealing with Uncertainty

Paul Hobcraft

We all can be encouraged to raise our risk appetite with establishing clear guidelines and parameters, so we all become more motivated and engaged, excited about a different future, curious to explore, wanting and encouraging an environment to experiment but this ‘signal’ and risk appetite guidelines must come from the top. By sitting down and outlining the risk acceptable within evolving guidelines, those that are not ‘well-set in stone’ but will evolve and loosen as we learn.

Getting started with Innovation Metrics

Strategos

It seems an oxymoron to some that, a process as spontaneous and creative as innovation can and should be measured. In an attempt to make the topic a little less intimidating, it seems to be the right time to review some of the key guidelines to help you get started in designing and implementing innovation metrics. Here are a few guidelines that we have found to be useful in helping clients to develop innovation metrics. Getting started with Innovation Metrics.