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Creative problemsolving

Blogweek

This week me and my fellow students have worked to set up blogs about our projects:

10 tips on how to think like a designer

Article by Garr Reynolds via TAXI

Below are 10 things (plus a bonus tip) that I have learned over the years from designers, things that designers do or know that the rest of us can benefit from.

When I speak around the world I often put up a slide that asks people to make as many sentences as they can beginning with the word “Designers….” The goal of this activity is to get people thinking about thinking about design, something most of us never do (it also gets people in the audience talking, loosening up a bit; always a good thing). The sentences they generate range from “Designers wear black” to “Designers use creativity and analysis to solve problems” to “Designers make things beautiful,” and so on.

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Three persons

You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus.

  • An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
  • An old friend who once saved your life.
  • The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose?

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An extended view

In my Pecha Kucha I held some weeks ago I had the joy of present some slides of work by Ji Lee, Rob Matthews and Richard The and Daniel Eatock. Here are some more.

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Alan Fletcher

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Alan Fletcher blir ofte omtalt som en av de mest innflytelsesrike og fruktbare designerne i etterkrigstiden. Med sine tilsynelatende enkle og naive former klarer han å formidle morsomme, interessante eller tankevekkende observasjoner. Han har alltid en sterk idé til grunn og videreformidler dette på en så enkel måte at det blir interessant i seg selv. Det er lett å se at han liker det han jobber med; arbeidene reflekterer hans personlighet som er optimistisk og emosjonell.

Fletcher fremstår ofte som genial i sin enkelhet, men prosessen hit er ofte lenger enn det tilsynelatende kan se ut til. Gjennom hele sin karriere har Fletcher utviklet måter å tenke, se på og angripe problemer og løsninger. Hans arbeider tar for seg en rekke visuelle språk, utrykk og teknikker, enten det er optiske illusjoner, farger, skrift i alle former, støy eller etablerte ikoner. Ved å bare å legge til, ta vekk eller snu på noe, kan det totalt forandre på hvordan man oppfatter arbeidet. Fletcher har skrevet at «malere er opptatt av å løse deres egne problemer, mens designere er opptatt av å løse andre menneskers problemer». Jeremy Myerson, kommentator i Beware Wet Paint, mener Flecher er mester i å løse begges problemer. Read the rest of this entry »

A short introduction

I believe thinking can be learned and improved, and within the next two years I hope to achieve some knowledge and skills in the use and development of tools for creative thinking and problemsolving. I want to learn how to see the underlaying causes instead of the given one, I want to look at how I can broaden my perception and see if I can improve my thinking by using simple methods. In the same way a plumber use different pipes or a hairdresser use different scissors, we as designers also need several techniques for our thinking. Since our mind is our most important asset, it’s natural for me to explore this theme explicitly, for further use in design or visual communication context.

Publish and be damned

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With this very first post I’m happy to welcome you to my blog. The blog is part of my master project, where I will use it as a tool for progression, documentation and feedback from you guys. Maybe I can improve my writing and english skills as well. Hope you find it interesting, and let me hear from you!