Top 10 Portfolio Elizabeth Neves

After watching this Ted Talk a couple weeks ago in class, I took away a couple of what I believe to be the most important reflections of the semester. The key to design thinking is empathy, relating to the consumer is the best way to see what they would want and need. Also thinking in ways that are unconventional like going from the why to the how to the what instead of the other way around creates a different thought process that can produce unique innovations. Throughout the video, Simon emphasized the importance of doing business with people who have the same beliefs as you. I agree having a team of like minded individuals fuels a successful project because everyone is passionate about a common goal.

Through the 3D team prototyping project we built our ideating skills, this was pretty challenging because as a team we had to come up with 5 completely new innovations. After this we had to select one idea to go ahead and prototype. This was my first experience creating a model of something I had a part in inventing and it was helpful to see what is required to take your product to the next level. You need to have precise measurements for all the pieces or else it will not fit together and you need to be mindful of your presentation of the product as a whole. After this project, I feel better prepared to prototype other ideas I will need to come up with for future IA classes.

My 30 day challenge project incorporated heavily the creative thinking tool imaging. While creating my hybrid animals I had to have a mental imagine of what I wanted to draw before I started drawing it and this mental image was transformed until I reached the final product that I was satisfied with. Both my mandalas and hybrid animals were also transformations, transformations of what I imagined into a physical drawing. This was one of my favorite activities in the class because although it was a graded assignment is was very relaxing to work on and I realized that I do enjoy drawing and I would like to keep pursuing it as a hobby. This project also showed me that creativity has a broad definition, it cannot be constricted because everyone has their own style and way of doing things.

30 Day Challenge

The second IA speaker series had an interesting speaker, Mark Long, who encouraged us to use the creative thinking skill of imaging so that we can create an idea with a mental image of what we want. It is only after that, that we are then able to take the idea and begin to prototype and experiment to make that idea the best version possible. This series was informative because he spoke in depth about the incubators that are at our disposal as students, which are free spaces to create and grow a business. Finally, I loved the way he described the creative process: find something you’re passionate about, keep the idea simple, and create a unique viable product.

This applied homework centered around recognizing and forming patterns, imaging, and abstracting. After looking at the pattern on the bottom of the chair for a couple minutes, I realized that the circles decreasing in size towards the outside of the chair reminded me of an orchid I had in my room. This orchid has similar circles and the circles also diminish towards the end of the petal. Although it takes time to abstract a connection between two objects that are never seen together, recognizing a small pattern is a great way to start.

White Paper Sculpture: The first day of school we were given certain materials and what was in the room to create the tallest sculpture that we could. Using our imaging, visualizing, and dimensional thinking skills the class was able to convert a 2D idea into a 3D sculpture. This activity also helped us learn to work together as a team. A team gives you different perspectives and ideas that you wouldn't have considered by working alone. Through this class I have seen the importance and positive difference a team can make in the development process.

Applied Homework: Creative Person's Resume

This year we learned about the 4P's: creative process, person, place and product. The creative person I chose was C.S. Lewis and like any successful person, before you have successes you have many failures. As a writer, C.S. Lewis has many unpublished pieces but the pieces that did eventually get published became a huge success, for example the Chronicles of Narnia. All the variables: the creative person, place, and process led to a unique product. I learned that a person's life does impact their style as an artist and the outcome of their work as a whole.

Empathizing with the Chair

As a class we had to empathize or put ourselves in the shoes of the chair we were sitting in by pretending to be the chair. Through this I came up with the everyday thoughts a chair could have like "I am annoyed, this person smells horrible." It was through this simple exercise that I realize that putting yourself into someone else shoes can really give you a new perspective that you would not think of at all before that. It is important to do this when innovating a product so that you know what your costumer is looking for and needs.

In class we abstracted an animal of our choice but we were restricted to the certain number of lines we could use to portray the animal. This is an example of a time when our creativity was restricted, however this restriction forced us to think outside the box and try to creatively depict the animal with the amount of lines given. Abstracting is focusing on one aspect of an object and concentrating solely on it. Through using this critical thinking skill we can break everything down to its basic components and learn more about the object in the process.

Body Thinking- 1st Speaker Series

The first speaker series consisted of different exercises that required us to trust our partner while we were restricted to certain conditions such as walking with our eyes closed or not being able to talk. During the innovation process finding alternative ways to communicate is necessary to collaborate successfully because you never know what kind of restrictions could appear. This speaker series activity gave us the ability to be creative by not restricting our movements and through this we were able to see how people reacted differently to the same set of instructions. This proved that everyone has different interpretations and a unique way to express what we interpret.

This course definitely opened my eyes to how the creative thinking tools tie to the innovation process. For example, before taking this class I would have never considered empathy as something other than a character trait but now I can see that it is necessary in order to see what the consumer wants. Throughout this course, I have developed a better innovative mindset and have learned to consider certain aspects of the process in which I otherwise would not have. Through the use of team work, risk taking, and critical thinking skills we were able to create a viable product that is a couple steps away from being marketable. This is something I would not have thought to accomplish my first semester in college, but Im glad I have the knowledge now and the foundation to build on as my journey through the innovation minor continues.

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