Top 10 Portfolio How IDS1353 Shaped my Creative Ability

Drafting and design were an interest of mine going into the 3-D Prototyping Project. I have always thought there is a special satisfaction from laying my hands on something that I built, and that motivated me throughout the project. It was a crash-course in digital design that eventually taught me basic technical skills with rhinoceros and adobe illustrator in order to laser cut and 3-D print the prototype shown above. Rhinoceros and similar programs like C.A.D. Autodesk are used in countless real-world settings to design the world around us, and the basic knowledge gained from this project could potentially be incredibly valuable for me in the professional world
The 3-D Prototyping Project also taught valuable interdisciplinary skills working with team members I barely knew or had just met. I learned that everybody has their own talents to offer, and it is important to play to each individual's strengths to be the most productive. For example, I was the best at thinking of an idea and being able to sketch it onto paper, but Shelby was much more proficient with the digital programs such as Adobe Illustrator. Recognizing that and working accordingly allowed us to work as efficiently as possible.
The last important skill learned from the 3-D Prototyping Project was dimensional thinking in the concept sketches. Creating an idea in my head is something that has always come naturally to me, but translating an idea on to paper for others to see is something that I learned takes a strong conscious effort. The saying "practice makes perfect" once again proved its worth for my dimensional thinking abilities. After a few days I was able to picture several prototype ideas, and with a pencil, paper, and ruler I was able to draw one that we were able to turn into a real 3-D object, and that was a rewarding feeling.
The task I chose to complete for 20 days of the 30 Day Challenge was drawing a picture that reminded me of home. Not only was it enjoyable to give a real look into some of the things that remind me the most of home, it certainly developed my creative skills - imaging in particular - more so than any other part of the course. I found sketching something on to lined paper with a ruler, such as in the 3-D Prototyping Project, is much simpler than replicating an image of something with accurate proportions and perspective. However my abilities improved greatly as time went on with this project.
I enjoyed the creative person resume shedding light on a very diverse array of incredibly creative minds chosen by the class. I chose to do mine on the author Ernest Hemingway, who I have always admired through his work as well as through the legendary stories that surround him. In addition to learning about his larger-than-life ego and bad habits, I did gain valuable insight after reading of his remarkable ability to focus, often locking himself in a room for the majority of the day working on a text. I often struggle to focus over extended periods of time and learning about Hemingway's writing habits offered a little bit of motivation to sit down and work on a project.
Recognizing patterns proved to be much more important than I ever imagined prior to this course. The role of patterns in artwork, such as this M.C. Escher tessellation, is much more apparent than the role it plays in our everyday lives. Among the infinite examples; a doctor must identify a pattern of symptoms in a patient to accurately diagnose and treat them. Without this ability, it would be impossible to effectively treat someone. It is now easy for me to imagine the countless observations we constantly make from recognizing patterns.
The skill of analogizing, or drawing a connection between two seemingly unrelated things - such as imitating the look of a boat's sails with the Sydney Opera House - never fully crossed my mind. In fact, an analogy can be drawn between the creative skill of analogizing and the skill of recognizing patterns. Both were very similar because they both have a tremendously more significant role in reality than I ever considered. Additionally, both of these skills are becoming more and more apparent in my own daily life.
Observing is yet another creative skill that I developed further in this course. At the time, it seemed incredibly tedious, and maybe a little funny to spend 10 minutes watching something outside the classroom. I remember examples of people watching such plain things as the crosswalk, or a traffic cone. I chose to watch the large cooling tower on top of the roof between Beaty Towers. Watching a piece of equipment for 10 minutes proved to be pretty boring, but I discovered things about it that I had no idea of before I observed it. In retrospect, tedious observation of a seemingly simple object will always end with gained knowledge of it that could potentially reveal something of importance at any time.

Saving the best for last, I think that Simon Sinek’s TED talk was the single most beneficial piece of in-class material we saw. I believe that a sense of purpose is so often missing from what people do, and just as Sinek says, it leads to an end product that does not seem as genuine as something that is made from those who are fully invested in their own product. I am always trying to further improve in my work life, no matter what path it takes, and this video gave me serious food for thought for whenever I take accountability for something.

Credits:

Created with images by Cea. - "Innovation Around Bulb" • KathyReid - "3D printer" • maxlkt - "hands teamwork team-spirit" • youngdesign - "Illustrator Icon" • Wokandapix - "blueprint ruler architecture" • skeeze - "ernest hemingway author journalist" • Toronto History - "Ernest Hemingway" • beatles maniac11 - "Abbey Road- The Beatles" • memyselfaneye - "caution cone orange"

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