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The Creative Process & Time

The creative process can be utilized in a specific timeframe, especially if there is a project or problem that needs a solution by a deadline. But, there is also the long-term creative process that occurs across one’s life. I have become increasingly aware of this fact, by being intentional about…

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Questions that Spark Creativity

There are a few core questions that spark creative thinking: Could this be different? How can we solve this problem? What about this? Each of those lead individuals and teams from doing things as they have always been done, and exploring new territory. They also come from a curious mindset…

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Creativity Isn’t Important…

…if you already know everything there is to know. But, if like me, there is a lot you don’t know, then the creative process can be a good way to explore territory off of the beaten path. The creative process also isn’t useful if you are not interested in making…

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Defining Terms: The Creative Process

The creative process is a process that an individual or group goes through in order to come up with new ideas and begin refining and selecting the best ideas. (I see this process as fitting into a larger exercise that may be used to develop solutions, services, products, or buildings…

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Defining Terms: Ideation

Ideation is a term I did not hear of until beginning my design education. I have always felt it was an odd word, but it refers to a process that mixes both brainstorming and the sketch. The Definition Being a term that is used in different ways in different vocations,…

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Defining Terms: The Sketch

When brainstorming and thinking of new ideas, a sketch is a helpful way for me to get ideas on a page, along with words. It is a companion to writing out, or typing out, ideas that adds “flesh and bones” to that which was a thought. The Definition Mirriam-Webster defines…

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Defining Terms: Brainstorming

When the word “brainstorming” is spoken, most people will think of people in a room, around a conference table, throwing out crazy ideas while a facilitator guides the discussion and writes comments down. That image of brainstorming has been the focus of much discussion and critique, but I think it…

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