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Design Exercises to Get Your Creativity Ripped - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Article

Design Exercises to Get Your Creativity Ripped - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Article | Serious Play | Scoop.it
How does an athlete become an Olympian? Years of training helps to develop their form as grueling workouts build strength and endurance. They also educate themselves on their sport, taking advantage of tactics they'll need in order to win. Lastly, they keep motivated by learning from every loss and blunder. Implementing the lessons they've learned creates a remarkable athlete whose success is a reflection of their hard work. As a designer, you can train your creativity to become just as ripped as the next athlete. Learn these quick exercises to develop your creativity and form.
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Skills Converged > Design Exercise: Design a Political Cartoon

Skills Converged > Design Exercise: Design a Political Cartoon | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is a creative design exercise, allowing participants to work together as a team in achieving an objective. As part of this exercise, delegates will get to choose a number of political cartoons and have an attempt at designing one. The design is just a pretext to get people talk to each other and share what they like or dislike. The cartoons provide an opportunity to laugh about serious stuff so the exercise is light hearted but can have significant value as people can easily end up discussing values, current affairs, ethical and political issues and of course politics.

Note that the emphasis of this exercise is in the descriptive design of a cartoon as opposed to the actual drawing or art. Most people are not skilled in drawing and forcing them to draw in this exercise might make them feel uncomfortable. This is why the drawing part is ignored (though of course you can optionally add it if it suits your training needs). However, there is no reason why people cannot come up with an idea for a political cartoon which this exercise captures.

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Skills Converged > Brainstorming Exercise: Design Shoes

Skills Converged > Brainstorming Exercise: Design Shoes | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is an entertaining and educational exercise. It helps to unleash people’s creativity, bring them together and get them to cooperate on a common task and solve problems.

In this exercise, the main aim is to get teams design shoes. You will provide a set of criteria as well as research materials and teams should then work on a creative solution. The designs are compared and a winning team is rewarded.

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"Design a shoe that represents your brand"

 

More ideas that come to my mind:

If I were a shoe...

If I were in your shoes...

If you were in my shoes...

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Strategic Thinking Exercises – New Creative Thinking with Combos

Strategic Thinking Exercises – New Creative Thinking with Combos | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Here are two examples of strategic thinking exercise we’ve paired up recently for new creative thinking results:

Looking Differently + Eliminating Expectations


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Skills Converged > Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation

Skills Converged > Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"This is a fun exercise where delegates get to practice creative writing in groups. Some people find writing difficult especially knowing where to start. This exercise is designed to inspire delegates and help them to write creatively by thinking of associations between prewritten passages given to them.

The writing exercise is also helpful for public speaking or impromptu speech. It helps delegates to systematically create content by getting inspired from reading other content."

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The Daily Create - Daily assignments to fuel your creativity

The Daily Create provides a space for regular practice of spontaneous creativity through challenges published every day. Each assignment should take no more than 15-20 minutes. There are no registrations, no prizes, just a community of people producing art daily. Developed as part of the ds106 open course on digital storytelling, TDC is open to anyone who wants a regular dose of creative exercises (and it more fun than jumping jacks, pushups, and P90X).

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Household Object Challenges – Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids

Household Object Challenges – Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Research shows that we learn best by doing.  Author Daniel Pink in his book, A Whole New Mind, argues that we are better prepared for the future if we embrace these concepts: design, story, empathy, sympathy, play, and meaning.

So, I set about creating challenges that would invite children to learn by doing and incorporate the concepts articulated by Daniel Pink on Think! Using household materials makes these challenges affordable but also more challenging. Innovation requires the creative use of resources.  If you want your child to be an innovator, there is no better preparation than these types of challenges.

 

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Creative Writing Ideas with Sidewalk Chalk - ChalkArt · Creativity-Portal.com

Creative Writing Ideas with Sidewalk Chalk - ChalkArt · Creativity-Portal.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Help your kids to be creative by having them do sidewalk chalk art. Get them to talk about their pictures.
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Skills Converged > Team Building Exercise: The Punch Line

Skills Converged > Team Building Exercise: The Punch Line | Serious Play | Scoop.it
This is a creative and energizing exercise which encourages thinking on the spot and also allows them to compete with each other. Delegate must complete a story based on a number of given punch lines in a competitive environment.
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Skills Converged > Sales Exercise: Make a Departmental Mission Statement

Skills Converged > Sales Exercise: Make a Departmental Mission Statement | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This exercise is ideal for sales staff in a particular organisation. Rather than telling staff what to do, the aim is to get them to come up with the general goal of their department and its role. The idea is that if they formulate a goal for their department, they are more committed to follow it than if a manager tells them. They can also understand the goal better since they make it themselves.

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Pictorial Problem Solving

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Words can sometimes limit creativity. Humans are generally very visual and have evolved to sense the world primarily thorough focused looking and observation. As a result, a large part of the brain is dedicated to visual processing.
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Skills Converged > Branding Exercise: Top Words That Describe Your Identity

Skills Converged > Branding Exercise: Top Words That Describe Your Identity | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This exercise helps to define the company brand more clearly by using associations. It can be used for marketing and sales, but is also useful for management and staff. The exercise is a good opportunity to illustrate what the company is and is not and which values are more important than others.

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Creativity Tools: 24 Free Online Creative Thinking Tools

Creativity Tools: 24 Free Online Creative Thinking Tools | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Here are 24 fantastic, and free, online creativity tools you can use to kick your creativity into high gear.

 

This list of creative thinking tools includes creativity cards, tools to scribble, idea markets, and more. And, best of all, they’re all free!

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The link for the eyewired creativity cards in the post is broken. I've done some quick research and you can download it here:http://www.atwebo.com/ct.eyewire.pdf

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Team-Building Exercises – Creativity: Strengthening Creative Thinking in Your Team

Team-Building Exercises – Creativity: Strengthening Creative Thinking in Your Team | Serious Play | Scoop.it
This article looks at five team-building activities you can use to strengthen your team members' creative thinking and collaboration skills. 
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Skills Converged > Use Random Stimuli to Boost Creativity

Skills Converged > Use Random Stimuli to Boost Creativity | Serious Play | Scoop.it

A great way to increase creativity is to use random stimuli. Random thoughts can lead to new associations which in turn can help the group to explore new parts of a search space not considered before.

This exercise helps delegates to use readily available modern technology for inspiration from random content and to improve their creative brainstorming.

 

Objective

Get inspired by a series of images collected by another groups to think of new solutions.

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking | Serious Play | Scoop.it
10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking
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ds106 Assignments:community made creative assignments for ds106

ds106 Assignments:community made creative assignments for ds106 | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This site hosts the assignments that partipants in the open online digital storytelling course, ds106, complete as part of their work in the course. Rather than specifying assignments everyone must do, participants can choose from an array of ones included on this site- all of them have been created by course participants. Each assignment has a rated difficulty of 1 to 5 stars (participants can vote), so for a particular topic, the task might be to complete 10 stars worth of say, Design Assignments.

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E is for Explore!: Word Wheel

E is for Explore!: Word Wheel | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Get kids interacting and improving their language skills with this fun game! I liked the vocabulary spinner that I saw (here), so I made my own! For the activity, I tossed vocabulary words in a lunch bag. Kids flicked the game spinner, then pulled out a word. Once they had their word, the fun began! 

Students act, draw, rhyme, or define their word. They might also have to put it in a sentence, name what part of speech it is, or give a synonym or antonym for it. It's a game of chance!

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Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker

Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker | Serious Play | Scoop.it
If spontaneity is something you need to work on, consider trying out some of these improvisation exercises to get your mind thinking more quickly and creatively.
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Easy ways to practice improvisation by yourself.

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» 15 Ten-Minute Activities To Jump-Start Your Creativity - World of Psychology

» 15 Ten-Minute Activities To Jump-Start Your Creativity - World of Psychology | Serious Play | Scoop.it

While occasionally it feels like ideas just pop into our heads, it’s rarely without some preparation on our parts.

That’s because creativity is a practice. It’s magical in many ways. But the magic requires a trained magician.

Here are 15 fun activities you can do in 10 minutes to jump-start your creativity and inspire your imagination.

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Skills Converged > Creativity Exercise: Stylish Logos

Skills Converged > Creativity Exercise: Stylish Logos | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is a feel-good training exercise that gets everyone involved in a creative activity. In this exercise, delegates get to create a variety of illustrations or produce crafts which resemble the logo of their company.

The creative effort is a useful team building activity that brings people closer together by working on something similar and by having a common light-hearted objective. It also makes staff feel warmer towards the company through association by working on the logo.

The results of delegates efforts will be a series of artwork produced in various styles and with different materials all resembling the logo of the company. The logos can then be then displayed in the foyer of the company where customers and visitors can observe them. It could signal that the company is a fun place to work in and that staff care about the company and are happy to be there.

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Skills Converged > Don't Say the Forbidden Words

Skills Converged > Don't Say the Forbidden Words | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is an exercise in describing objects so that delegates can improve their communication skills. It’s all too easy to use jargon and assume that everyone knows what you mean. However, you may need to downgrade and describe a product, a feature or a concept in simpler terms. This entertaining and competitive exercise helps the delegates to train their vocabulary skills and learn how to communicate effectively.

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Scoot & Doodle - Get #Creative Together!

Scoot & Doodle - Get #Creative Together! | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Our Philosophy

We believe that coming together to tinker with ideas, draw, work on problems and create stories with others is a really fun and vital component of learning. When we get together with others in an open ended, creative environment, we explore new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem-solving, naturally.

That’s why we created Scoot & Doodle: online, collaborative studios where friends and classmates easily get creative together, face-to-face and in real-time.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Can't wait to try it!

With Scoot & Doodle’s you can get together for creative jam sessions, face-to-face, anytime, anywhere and you can create with up to 9 of your friends at the same time.

The thought provoking challenges are also great fun.

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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, April 11, 2013 9:40 AM

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Drora Arussy's comment, April 11, 2013 12:32 PM
What a wonderful way to help students with homework, allow students to collaboratively create something, or conduct an online short class with small groups! No writing necessary so no problem with Hebrew typing, but you can draw, write and discuss.
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Creativity Exercise: How Would a Celebrity Handle This

Creativity Exercise: How Would a Celebrity Handle This | Serious Play | Scoop.it
When confronted with a problem, sometimes it is useful to approach it from the point of view of someone else. A useful technique is to look at the problem from the point of view of a resourceful celebrity.
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Creativity Exercise: Employ Your Favourite Actor > Skills Converged

Creativity Exercise: Employ Your Favourite Actor > Skills Converged | Serious Play | Scoop.it

In this exercise, delegates get to practice making a TV advertisement. The aim is for the delegates to think creatively and quickly with given resources and come up with an effective ad for a new product launch.

The exercise is useful for practicing art, marketing skills, management skills and creativity skills. The given scenario makes the exercise entertaining and realistic so the results are also meaningful.

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