Why Boredom Is Good for Your Creativity Like most creatives, you probably have a low boredom threshold. You’re hardwired to pursue novelty and inspiration, and to run from admin and drudgery. Boredom is the enemy of creativity, to be avoided at all costs. Or is it? How Social Robotics is Revolutionising Therapy for Autistic Children One of the emerging applications of social robotics is in providing therapy for children with autism. Social robots are ideally suited to this task because they are simpler than humans to interact with, their actions are perfectly repeatable and they can be modified in various ways to meet the requirements of different children. So therapists have begun to test these devices when working with autistic children. And today, John-John Cabibihan at the National University of Singapore and a couple of pals review this work, the numerous different types of robots that therapists are using and the techniques they have developed to engage and influence autistic children. The result is a useful introduction to an area of social robotics that has significant promise.
Creative Difference Where should you focus to make your company more innovative, adaptive, and creatively competitive? We created a tool to help you assess your organization. We call it Creative Difference. Creativity is essential to compete in modern markets. NBS: Design Thinking and Business I'm collecting quotes and references here to get an overview of who's saying what about design thinking as applied to business. The idea is still young and in development; it seems we're only now reaching the conversation stage that leads to differing points of view. I welcome suggestions for additions or corrections. —Victor Lombardi, March 2005 Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design.
Why we need creative confidence In 2012, IDEO founder and longtime Stanford professor David Kelley took the TED stage in Long Beach and shared a deeply personal story. It was the tale of his own cancer diagnosis, of finding a lump in his neck and being told he had a 40% chance of survival. This was clearly a sobering moment, but he wasn’t sharing the story to seek our sympathy. Jonah Lehrer on How Creativity Works by Maria Popova Inside the ‘seething cauldron of ideas,’ or what Bob Dylan has to do with the value of the synthesizer mind. In his 1878 book, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits, Nietzsche observed: Artists have a vested interest in our believing in the flash of revelation, the so-called inspiration… shining down from heavens as a ray of grace. In reality, the imagination of the good artist or thinker produces continuously good, mediocre or bad things, but his judgment, trained and sharpened to a fine point, rejects, selects, connects… All great artists and thinkers are great workers, indefatigable not only in inventing, but also in rejecting, sifting, transforming, ordering.” Some 131 years later, Elizabeth Gilbert echoed that observation in her now-legendary TED talk.
4-D Printing Means Building Things That Build Themselves In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Got an innovation you think we should feature? Fill out our form. A Very Useful Work of Fiction – Mental Models in Design Mental models play an important role in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and interaction design. They relate to the way that a user perceives the world around them and are based in belief as opposed to being a factual concept. However, if you can understand your users mental models you can simulate these models within your designs to make them more usable and intuitive. Mental models are an artefact of belief.
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Creativity: 8 Ways to increase yours. Be more creative today. Last week, I spent a bit of time focusing on stepping out of one’s comfort zone and had a wonderful response from our readers. The natural progression from that, I think, is to start to be more creative – in relation to the entire landscape of your life, and the way you lead your life. The natural initial question is to ask; what actually is creativity?