I APPLIED BECAUSE
The GDA supports individual creative people that sit outside the ordinary propelling meaningful change. I sit outside of the ordinary, in the way that I think and the way that I work. I may not have found my exact expression point yet but an experience like this would send me in a much desired direction. Nothing in my work is surface deep, to utilise creative thinking as a way to problem-solve on an international and social level is the fulfilling adventure I imagine I would dedicate my life to. I endeavour to innovate, implement change and spread joy and wonder to all four corners, for I am a global citizen. I have skills as a designer, two of the most important being empathy and wit. I want to improve lives through accessible and wondrous design. I think creative thinking is the real magic in this world.
I HOPE TO GET OUT OF THE ACADEMY
Hoping to be introduced to new ways of thinking and how to apply those to large scale problems. I am also interested in learning how to work in an international studio.
I wonder how an ideal city can be defined. The task seems quite overwhelming I am curious to see how it can be tackled.
I started with toe dip.... what sorts of things do I need to know for a project like this? Who are the HKDI / DC / who builds cities / whats involved in well-functioning societies ? Thinking about how design is relevant to city building and how that impacts society. Is a city its people?
FURTHER READING (NOTES) :
THOUGHTS POST MEET
I feel excited to begin. If I'm a leader I should make summary and establish rules of operation...and think about what we need to get done before the week.
FIRST GROUP MEETING
Great seeing everyone together, there is a real buzz. Today we presented our research and got familiar with the Design Council and design thinking methods (double diamond , design horizons, (new terminology) , rose thorn bud amongst others). After sharing we pooled our research together to contribute to each others design spheres. It has helped us all be less precious I think and think differently about our ideas and general approach. It was interesting to see that cultural barriers came down and we all were forgetting where we were from as finding such things in common with the quest and becoming more confident with each other. I felt nervous at the beginning of the day but as I type this up now I feel a general buzz of excitement and feel so fortunate to be in a room with such talented and wonderful thinkers, it is easy to relinquish control and panic when everyone holds the brief in the same esteem, we are feeling safe with each other and that is wonderful and is the solid foundation for wonderful and promising collaborative work.
Our problem statement so far is how might we optimise physical and mental wellbeing in any place. With a tag of "make any place an every place." We got to this from the life changing exercises. Our homework is to familiarise ourselves with stakeholders and compile research that may flow from the tasks set out today.
DAY TWO : GENERATING IDEAS
Today we focused on generating ideas and got to grips with understanding who we are designing for, stakeholders. Methods we used today were mind mapping and alternative worlds to help think of ideas and solutions. We then developed our ideas using T-Bar sketches and applied our strongest ideas to the benefits matrix. I feel like the benefits matrix is a tool that will stay with me forever. It is a fantastically fair way to work in a group and lets you see your idea in a logical way, thinking about aspects possibly not thought of before (from quick wins to HI ROI). It is today I came up with three possible ideas the 'physical job ladder' 'see understand achieve' and 'chip away with chats'. At the end of the day Jonathon asked us if we thought we had gone far enough and I don't think we have. I feel like our ideas so far exist now ( to an extent ) and I feel at a design camp for future thinkers we should think bigger. The group agrees we haven't found our big idea yet. Its great having the problem statement because its giving us direction. I have to say it is quite nice not always focusing on and putting pressure on each other and ourselves for the eureka moment. Through the journey of applying the different creative thinking methods we are expanding our minds and I feel guaranteed to stumble across an exciting avenue to go down. It is a sort of fail-safe.
DAY THREE :
Today I shared the idea I came up with last night to the group and it was well-received. We developed this idea today and all added components we felt it needed. We then rose thorn and bud-ed each others work. It was great to enter into discussion about each others work and through these discussions we addressed holes or points of contention and then as a group we then discussed how we would tackle these things. It felt great that the ball is rolling! We also learnt about the importance of prototyping and it was exciting thinking about our delivery. Also crucial to not overcomplicate it I think too. We need to say what we need to say and nothing more. Simplicity is key!
DAY FOUR :
A paramount day in the week! Make make make! We brought in snacks to boost morale and separated tasks into three main areas and paired off in those to tackle each task. Everyone chose what they wanted to do task-wise which worked out very well. As a group we wanted it to be a fun day where we communicate clearly. We wanted the presentation to be interactive and engaging, to literally take people on a journey. You can have the best idea in the world but if you can't communicate it, it could slip through the net !
DAY FIVE :
The final day! It felt sad acknowledging the week has come to an end! It has flown by. We made last minute adjustments and decided on a fluid format for the presentation, as Jake rightly said if it's too rigid and we plan too much it will be stressful and not enjoyable! We added name badges to give a further element of entertainment. It was great to present to such a wide range of industry professionals, whose feedback is sending us in new directions with firmer footsteps!