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Brainstorming Alone

Posted in Design, Process by ayanabaltrip on 2013/04/04

A nice article at How Design outlining a 9-step process to brainstorming alone.

Here are the first six (6). You can find all via the link at the end.

Brainstorming alone often feels, to paraphrase Churchill, like standing in a bucket and trying to lift yourself by the handles. It can be a lonely and listless experience. No volleying ideas with partners. No yakking it up with teammates. No high-fives or shout-outs.

But not to worry. Here are nine steps to keep solo brainstorming from being a so-so experience.

1. Feed the mind.
Before you bounce into brainstorming, break out of solitude. Get outside. Look around — small scenes can lead to big ideas. Walt Disney came up with the idea of Disneyland while watching bored kids and tired parents dawdle in a dilapidated park.

Talk to other people. Ask questions. Actively listen. Take notes. Snap photos. And even when you’re stuck inside and alone, read books and magazines, websites and blogs, anything and everything.

“If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines and music, said Ray Bradbury, author of more than 500 published works, “you will automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry period in my life because I feed myself well.”

2. Make time to brainstorm.
“Every morning between nine and twelve, I go to my room and sit before a piece of paper,” says writer Flannery O’Connor. “If an idea does come between nine and twelve, I’m ready for it.”

With deadlines on our backs, most of us can’t spend three hours waiting for muses. But we can carve out small chucks of time here and there. Make appointments with yourself to brainstorm. And make those sessions short, fun and furious.

3. Judge not.
Opening a meeting one day, Sam Goldwyn, the legendary filmmaker, told his staff, “I had a fantastic idea this morning — but I didn’t like it.”

Sound familiar? Probably. Because, like Goldwyn, we’ll have fantastic ideas one moment and then the next moment convince ourselves that they are utter nonsense. Catch yourself judging your own ideas and slam on the brakes. Brainstorming isn’t the time to evaluate or edit ideas. That comes later. Focus on quantity, not quality while brainstorming.

4. Go nuts.
“Learn not to be careful,” photographer Diane Arbus told her students. Post that advice when brainstorming with yourself. Go beyond safe ideas. Move past the weary and welcome the wacky. Sensible thinking usually proffers predictable answers. Non-sensical ideas often lead to sensible solutions.

5. Create mind maps.
Mind maps — also called word maps and semantic maps — are great for single-handed brainstorms. Take a blank sheet of paper. Write your topic in the center and circle it. As your brain makes free associations, follow along with your pen, jotting down words and connecting them with circles and lines. In 20 minutes, you’ll have a page crammed with ideas.

6. Unplug technology.
It’s impossible for your right brain to be storming with ideas while your left brain is sifting through e-mails, texts, caller IDs, instant messages and other distractions. Disconnect from technology before starting to brainstorm.

See all nine (9) here: Brainstorming Alone.

Also: Check out the Creative Marathon for more tips on turning on the creative juices.

Delivering Concept via Conveyance and Theme

Posted in Design, Design Education, Teaching by ayanabaltrip on 2013/02/21

Today’s talk in the Multimedia Content + Form class.

In the visual media world, concept is illustrated through the use of conveyance.

Conveyance is the delivery method of meaning or mood from the thing observed to the observer. Conveyance is relative. Meaning it is dependent upon the our understanding of the cultural learning(s) of the viewer(s). We ask, what does the viewer already know about the concept being conveyed? What assumptions do they make?

Theme is the package enveloping the concept. It is the tone, emotional appeal, the presentation style: bold, cheerful, solemn, humor.

Keeping the above in mind, discuss how conveyance and theme are used in each of the following examples:

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Delivering Concept via Conveyance and Theme.

Sharing with Students Today

Posted in Design, Design Education, Process, Teaching by ayanabaltrip on 2013/02/07

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Rise of Graphics for Social Justice Issues in the US

Posted in Commentary, Design, Design Matters by ayanabaltrip on 2013/02/07

Though the production of graphics for social justice issues, primarily as posters or street art has not diminished much in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, it has lost its prominence in the US.

Given this fact, it was nice to read today’s The Daily Heller: Triggering Concern About Guns.

by Juana Medina

by Juana Medina

To see a full array of the posters, go here: The Gun Show: A Collection Of Posters Against Guns

Woke up this morning to the sound of the Sacramento River

Posted in Noted by ayanabaltrip on 2012/10/06

Multimedia Content and Form Class Today

Posted in Design, Design Education, Process, Student Work, Teaching by ayanabaltrip on 2012/05/03

Student peer commenting on the final project.

I have begun to integrate a peer commenting exercise in my classes as a valuable tool to help students “get out of their boxes” and expand their perspectives by engaging each other around the projects and work. This exercise is received well and students truly become engaged and begin to develop more confidence in their work.

Nice Talk by Khoi Vinh at TYPOSF 2012

Posted in Design, Design Events, Design Matters, Typography by ayanabaltrip on 2012/04/07

My MM Content + Form students and I were lucky enough to catch the 5 April 2012 livestream of Khoi Vinh’s talk at TYPOSF 2012.

He shared some valuable insight into the business of design and where it stands today. Quite interesting. Below are some captured “slides: of his talk. (Please note, they’re in the order I  best remember.)

Thanking Fontshop for making this possible.

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four

Posted in Design, Design Education, Design Matters, New Media | Multimedia, Process by ayanabaltrip on 2012/03/20

This is an incredible talk by Hans Rosling illustrating statistical data on the increase of the human lifespan from 1810 forward. Enjoy. (A teaching colleague, Marcia Beales brought this to my attention.)

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Posted in Process, Visual Research by ayanabaltrip on 2012/02/18

What Visual Designers Can Learn From Biggie Smalls | from the design mind blog

Posted in Design, LinkedIn, New Media | Multimedia, Process, Teaching by ayanabaltrip on 2012/01/07

I found this post by Andreas Markdalen (twitter.com/youthprojects) on Frog Design’s The Visual Design Dept. blog on design mind quite interesting. Here he discusses how design and design thinking can benefit from Chris Wallace’s (aka Biggie Smalls) creative process in constructing his raps.

In his post, Markdalen outlines five areas that designers can use to create a five-prong strategic process. They are:

-Create “A Central Theme”
-Create “A World of Context”
-Rehearse and Repeat
-“The Non-linear and Organic Process”
-“The House of Cards”

You can read the full article via the link below. What are your thoughts?

What Visual Designers Can Learn From Biggie Smalls | Blog | design mind.