The process that IDEO went through highlighted all of the creative process. I was very interested in how the team members went about recreating a shopping cart. They took something that is used every day and changed it completely. Also, they went from just talking about what a shopping cart is, to actually designing a new model. It was very informing on how companies like IDEO work.
Drawing out our creative journey was a very difficult thing for me. It is hard to put something so vast into a drawing. Creativity to me comes easily some days and does not come to me at all other days. It is a very hard thing to decide when you are most creative and less creative in your life. Also there are specific opportunities in life that bring out the creative side, an example being my senior year of high school I got to choreograph a class piece for the show. That year I was more creative than my freshman year when I hurt my knee and had to stop dancing for a while. This activity was fun to try and fit that into a drawing
Tangrams were a lot more difficult than I had remembered them to be. They are just shapes that can be used to make animals or other objects. It was really fun being able to play around with all of the shapes and try and find how they fit together. It brought in the playing aspect of creativity. I had to mess around with every shape and every design before finding one that worked. It was really fun and I learned a lot about how much easier it was as a kid to figure out the designs because there wasn't a preconceive notion about the shapes.
Guest Speaker Number One
The first guest speaker was a dancer. She asked us to find a partner and for one of us to close our eyes and the other to lead them. This exercise taught us not only body thinking but also trust and teamwork. Working in a group is very important in creative situations and to be able to trust the people you are working with is even more important. Sometimes in groups people will have to allow other to do some of the work and some people have trouble with this, so allowing one to close their eyes and the other to follow is a better trust exercise than the trust fall.
Over all this class has taught me a lot about my own creative abilities and what they could end up reaching. I learned that everyone is creative in their own way and that is what makes working in groups so much more fun. I learned that there is a lot more that goes into designing and developing a product than most people assume. This class has been good for bringing out creativity that I did not know I had. It was a great experience.