Exploring my own Creativity through Time
One of the projects we did in class was a timeline of our creativity. At the time of this activity I had to devote a lot of my time to school work and I felt extremely limited in expressing my creativity at college. Fortunately, soon after this activity we started the Thirty Day Project which allowed me to do something creative every day. Through this course I learned the importance of devoting time to be creative and that it is possible to continue to be creative in a post secondary education setting. If I were to do this activity again, the right side of the page, which represents my time in college, would be a lot more vibrant than I depicted it in this interpretation. This class has helped me be a more creative person in all areas of my life and taught me many different aspects of creativity which I can add into my life to improve myself as a creative individual.
3D Prototyping Project
The childhood learning tool project gave a very realistic example about the difficulties one can encounter when designing and prototyping an innovative product and forced us to overcome those challenges. This assignment incorporated several skills and creative tools we learned about, such as modeling, dimensional thinking, prototyping, and problem-solving. Modeling and dimensional thinking were used in the initial sketches of the project since we had to draw out our idea in 3D and add possible dimensions. Modeling is the being able to express an idea by creating it, in this project we did that by making sketches of the creative tool. Dimensional thinking is being able to take a object in one dimension and recreate it in another, for our project we had to make the sketch three dimensional to be able to better convey how we wanted the design. The time in the 3D printing lab allowed us to bring the sketches to life with a simple prototype using special modeling programs, laser cutters, and 3D printers. Finally, problem-solving was a big part of this project. Being able to work together to brainstorm solutions to problems was critical to the project.
30 Day Project
For the Thirty Day Project I chose to draw for ten days and then color m black and white drawings for the last ten days. Being forced to take a creative break reignited m passion for art and inspired me to continue to be artistically creative and dedicate time to a hobby I neglected. My favorite part of this assignment was finding out that if I take a break on a work of art and come back to it, I have more creative ideas on how to improve it. Previously, I would start and finish a work of art before moving onto something else and stuck with my original ideas without challenging it or thinking about how to improve it. In my future artistic endeavors, I would like to take a step back and find room for improvement before finishing, like I did in this project.
Video: Empathy- The human connection
Empathy is the ability to feel and understand other's emotions. Being able to emphasize is a key component to many professions, such as anyone working in a health care related position. As someone who wants to pursue a career in a health related field, this video really encouraged me to try to be more empathetic towards people and carry that into my profession. It also encouraged me to be kinder to those around me since, like the video proves, we don't know what the people around us are going through.
Straw Tower Challenge
The activity that went with the empathy lesson was being able to work and accommodate people with "disabilities" when working in a group to build a free standing straw tower. For the activity I wasn't allowed to see, so instead of building I helped by ripping pieces of tape that the group could use. This activity was important because it showed how that you needed good oral and written communication to emphasize with people different than you.
Video: Google intern's first week
This video perfectly demonstrated the second of the 4Ps: Place. The environment that Google creates for their employees encourages creative thinking. By encouraging playing in a work environment, Google encourages it's employees creativity. Playing is a creative thinking tool we didn't read about, but it is important to innovation because it allows the brain to have a break and work more efficiently as well as possibly be inspired. By encouraging playing, google's employees can come up with new creative ideas and be able to work to their full potential. Empathy also comes into this video, since a large number of people feel restricted by a traditional work environment.
In class assignment: Abstraction
The Abstraction assignment was my favorite in class assignment, mostly because I got to spend a lot of time thinking about my favorite animal, the manatee. Abstraction is being able to take something complicated and reduce it to it's simplest form, this assignment had us practice our abstraction abilities by creating multiple drawings of an animal using less lines each time. Using critical thinking to decide how to place the lines was essential to the project, as the goal as to be able to still depict the animal with limited lines and time. This activity also pushed me to draw everyday for my Thirty Day Project.
The Creative Person's Resume
As an introduction to the 4 P's of creativity, we had to come up with a resume for a creative person, which is the first P. I chose Salvador Dali, who captured some positive and negative creative characteristics. Dali used a very innovative creative process- he forced himself to come out of a subconscious state and using what he saw in his dream-like state as his subject matter, allowing him to create the surreal artworks we associate with him. He also was extremely arrogant, which lead to his expulsion from art school and created tensions between him and other artistic minds at that time.
Keynote speaker: Ann Christiano
During iWeek I attended Ann Christiano's presentation about the 5 elements that make a successful social movement. Christiano led a very persuasive argument that imagery, a full range of emotion, stories, strategic empathy, and actionable calls to action were the five core components of a good social movement. Through anecdotes and examples she convinced me that anyone could start a social movement if they Incorporated these things into it. This speech encouraged me to implement many of the things she talked about in my daily life. By focusing on her 5 elements I have been able to be a better leader, presenter, and speaker.
Video: The Neuroscience of Imagination
One of the videos we had to watch for class was a lesson about synthesis and imagination. Synthesis was one of the last creative thinking tools we learned about, it is how people combine multiple things into one component. In the video, we learned about a theory that states that we are able to imagine things we haven't seen before by firing the multiple neural signals corresponding to visual stimuli at the same time. For example, when a signal for a horse and a surfboard fire together, we are able to see a horse riding a surfboard, even though we may have never actually seen it happen in real life.