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Design is also a Recursive Activity Design is also a Recursive Activity A warm welcome to you dear reader! If you have not already, why not subscribe to The Design Sojourn Newsletter and get my latest thoughts on Strategies for Good Design conveniently delivered right to your inbox? It's free! Thanks for visiting and please keep in touch? When we iterated in a Design Process, it is actually a refinement activity where one evolution gives way to the next evolution. Look out for that horizontal grey line! Enter the Dubberly Design Office’s creative process where they also consider design as also a recursive activity. The creative process is not just iterative; it’s also recursive. This process chart does make sense when you consider the many levels of design considerations a designer has to go through. Love this post?

Thinking Methods: Creative Problem Solving They further divided the six stages into three phases, as follows: 1. Exploring the Challenge (Objective Finding, Fact Finding, and Problem Finding), Generating Ideas (Idea Finding), and Preparing for Action (Solution Finding and Acceptance Finding). Description: Since the arrival of the now classical Osborn-Parnes structure, any number of academic and business entities have re-sorted and renamed the stages and phases of what we now call the Creative Problem Solving Process (CPS). The Creative Problem Solving Institute of Buffalo, New York, has finessed the Osborn-Parnes process to include a divergent and a convergent stage within each of the six stages. In his 1988 book, Techniques of Structured Problems, Arthur B. Mess FindingData FindingProblem FindingIdea FindingSolution Finding Where to Learn CPS

How Great Entrepreneurs Think What distinguishes great entrepreneurs? Discussions of entrepreneurial psychology typically focus on creativity, tolerance for risk, and the desire for achievement—enviable traits that, unfortunately, are not very teachable. So Saras Sarasvathy, a professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, set out to determine how expert entrepreneurs think, with the goal of transferring that knowledge to aspiring founders. While still a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, Sarasvathy—with the guidance of her thesis supervisor, the Nobel laureate Herbert Simon—embarked on an audacious project: to eavesdrop on the thinking of the country's most successful entrepreneurs as they grappled with business problems. She required that her subjects have at least 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, have started multiple companies—both successes and failures—and have taken at least one company public. Do the doable, then push it Here's another: Woo partners first Sweat competitors later

15 Famous Quotes on Creativity The Sifter spent last night poring over hundreds of famous and inspirational quotes on creativity. Below is a collection of our 15 favourites. Let us know which ones resonate with you the most, and feel free to counter any you disagree with. There are infinite views on creativity, here are fifteen famous ones for inspiration on your next endeavour :) Pablo Picasso “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso Vincent Van Gogh “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh Salvador Dali “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali Leo Burnett “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett Jack London “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club” – Jack London George Bernard Shaw “Imagination is the beginning of creation. Dr. Charles Mingus Voltaire

Innovating for a Better City The following was published in McKinsey & Company's "What Matters" on December 3, 2011. by Mike Bloomberg Fifteen years after founding my company, I wrote an autobiography that forced me to look back on my experiences – not something I had had much time for. In doing that, I realized that my chief function at the company had morphed from managing day-to-day operations into soliciting new ideas and driving the best of them forward. “I make sure we allocate resources to new, innovative, and risky development projects,” I wrote in Bloomberg by Bloomberg (Wiley, August 2001). When I first ran for mayor of New York, many people were skeptical that an outsider could run the biggest city in the country. In general, government tends to be risk averse, because taking risks means taking on special interests. That’s why many officials tend to play it safe. Empower your team I expect my staff to value creativity and new ways of thinking. Remove the barriers Support those who fail

Home | The Creativity Post Learn How to Think Different(ly) - Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen by Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen | 10:24 AM September 27, 2011 In the Economist review of our book, The Innovator’s DNA, the reviewer wondered whether genius-level innovators such as Marc Benioff, Jeff Bezos, and Steve Jobs challenge the idea that working adults can really learn how to think differently and become innovators. We don’t think so. Remember, it was Steve Jobs who jump-started the now-famous “Think Different” advertising campaign as a way to inspire consumers and recharge Apple’s innovation efforts. It worked. Reflecting back on the campaign, Jobs said “The whole purpose of the ‘Think Different’ campaign was that people had forgotten what Apple stood for, including the employees.” Reams of relevant research (including our own) proves Jobs right. But neither Steve Jobs nor Apple nor any other high-profile innovator or company has a corner on the think-different market. Take Gavin Symanowitz, whom we recently met in South Africa. Just do It. Shake it up. Repeat.

How a Computer Game is Reinventing the Science of Expertise [Video] A crowd observes the match playing on the main stage at the StarCraft 2 championships in Providence, RI. Credit: Major League Gaming If there is one general rule about the limitations of the human mind, it is that we are terrible at multitasking. The old phrase “united we stand, divided we fall” applies equally well to the mechanisms of attention as it does to a patriotic cause. When devoted to a single task, the brain excels; when several goals splinter its focus, errors become unavoidable. But clear exceptions challenge that general rule. For decades, a different game, chess, has held the exalted position of “the drosophila of cognitive science”—the model organism that scientists could poke and prod to learn what makes experts better than the rest of us. This real-time strategy game demands the frenetic pursuit of numerous simultaneous goals, any of which can change in the blink of an eye. Why StarCraft But that’s just one level of play. A screenshot from a StarCraft 2 game. Indeed.

Imágenes pixeladas en Facebook: cómo solucionarlo Una fiesta es un lapso espacio-temporal popularmente concebido para el divertimiento de sus asistentes. Desgraciadamente, en Facebook las fiestas cobran un significado muy propio cuando al subir nuestras imágenes vemos que su nitidez original se ha convertido inesperadamente en un gran festival de píxeles bailarines, enterrando toda posible diversión en un abismo de frustración. Este fenómeno se debe a que al subir nuestra imagen, Facebook la comprime sin piedad para optimizar su tamaño. Si bien es cierto que dicho fenómeno nos afecta a todos por igual, a nivel empresarial el problema presenta otra vertiente más compleja: la ceguera del empresario para ver las consecuencias de mostrar su rostro en Facebook mediante imágenes pixeladas o mal comprimidas. Imagen de portada: Tamaño: 100 kb máximoDimensiones: 851×315 pxFormato: JPEG / PNG (colores planos y composiciones vectoriales)Perfil de color: RGBResolución: 72dpi Imagen de perfil: El tamaño en Facebook también importa ¿JPEG o PNG?

How Do We Get Smarter on Innovation? I wonder how the innovation community – corporate people, consultants, academics and others – can get smarter on innovation. In particular, I wonder whether we still need books and whether it is still worth the effort for authors to write them given the low book sales due to the insanely high number of books being published. There must be better ways to share insights and knowledge. Here are some of my suggestions: • Blogs. • Digital documents (PDF). • Short videos with explanations and key messages • Physical events. • Virtual events. • Books. What do you think of this? Before writing this blog post, I had a brief Twitter conversation. @risgaardknudsen yes for understanding 80% in 20% of the time. @innovationfixer Yes, will need to as ppl have less time available to read books / Yes – ppl have overloaded email inboxes, tough work/life balance. @ovoinnovation Books still relevant, but ideas must be boiled down, and must be actionable. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

7 Steps To Compel Creativity It is said that art imitates life. To be able to express oneself creatively is both powerful and fulfilling. True creativity resides within all of us, but because of the power of creativity those that aren’t ‘naturally gifted’ feel intimidated to even try. By breaking down the fundamental layers of creativity, we see that the process of creating art is not only simple, but can be applied to all activities of your life – whether you are organizing a file cabinet or painting a self portrait, these 7 steps will help you find art in all that you do in life. Imagine you’re painting a picture. Now, many would assume that the creative process involves simply transferring this beautiful image onto a canvas, that this is what it takes to be creative. The Subject Matter Layer In this example, nature has already given you a piece of art that anyone with a camera can share. The Creation Technique Layer In a painting, the next layer is the artist’s personal brush technique. The Perspective Layer

Realistic Lateral Thinking Puzzles Lateral Thinking Puzzles, unlike most puzzles, are inexact. In a sense, they are a hybrid between puzzles and storytelling. In each puzzle, some clues to a scenario are given, but the clues don't tell the full story. Your job is to fill in the details and complete the story. You can try solving these puzzles on your own -- that's certainly a legitimate way to go about this -- but usually you can have more fun if you involve other people. Warning: For some reason, these puzzles have a tendency to be rather morbid. The scenarios given on this page are realistic, if unlikely.

design principles Defeating an enemy; overcoming an obstacle; surviving in the face of adversity: success and failure are at the very core of the game-player's experience. Games offer players a number of choices, some of which lead to success and some of which lead to failure or non-success. Together with the challenges presented to the player, the fact that the player might fail lends significance to the player's choices and actions. Although failure can be a negative experience, it is also the very thing that makes success meaningful. There are two kinds of failure in games. One kind of failure concerns the player's inability to satisfy a particular success condition that nevertheless remains satisfiable, and another kind of failure takes place whenever the player encounters a particular failure condition. The manner in which a game responds to player failure is essential to its design. Progress is defined as the act of moving forward toward a goal. Further reading:

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