Individual Idea Generation
I started out with the broad topic of making laundry easier and more organized to do and then narrowed it down to the organization of small clothing items during the process of laundry. Finally, I narrowed it down to a single problem statement: how can small clothing items be kept together during the laundry process?
My initial ideas had to do with keeping small items like socks together in the washing process, but after reviewing my research I knew that most socks are actually lost before any laundry is actually done. Thus, I started to focus on designs for the laundry basket.
New Warm-Up Game
The new warm-up game I made is called Alphabet Charades. Everyone is in a circle and the person that starts is given the letter A. They then have to perform an action that begins with that letter. For example, someone given the letter B might act like a ballerina or a biker. The next person must then do an action with the following letter. In the second round (or rather just a more difficult version), the person who just completed the action can choose any letter for the next person, forcing them to come of with their action quicker.
In my brainstorming session, I had 4 participants other than myself. There was Jack, a junior Computer Science major; Daniel, a senior Political Science major; Jared, a sophomore Architecture major; and Maddi, a freshman Environmental Engineering major. During the session I found it difficult to both facilitate and come up with my own ideas, so I disregarded the 2 ideas I managed to write down and used all of my numbers with 4 people instead of 5. We ended up with 84 ideas over the span of 28 minutes, resulting in an Ideas per Minute (IPM) of .75. This was a higher number than I expected seeing that that is about what we got in class with all design students. The reason this happened is because there were a lot of more silly ideas Another issue I had is that the group had a tendency to try to reinvent the sock or change behavior rather than think of an invention to make sock organization easier. During the session I also gave out chocolate any time we went over 30 seconds without a new idea (past the 5 minute mark). At the 28 minute mark, I could tell everyone was tired and it was no longer useful to continue the session and we stopped.
Sorting and Voting
After the brainstorm, we sorted the 84 ideas into 5 groups:
- Sock Clips
- Washer Accessories
- Laundry Baskets
- Sock Improvement
After sorting, each member (including myself) voted on our favorite ideas by putting a small black dot in the corner of the post-it note. Each member had 4 votes. I found it interesting that in the end, I only had 1 idea that had 3 votes on it, with most ideas having 1 vote. Of the 84 ideas, 13 had been given a dot. Of these 13 ideas, I deemed 11 of them as more realistic and 9 of those I had already thought of during my individual ideation process.
Top 10 Ideas
The top 10 ideas are a combination of the brainstorm as well as the 30 individual ideas I came up with.