Ideation Process Blog

The Project
For the ideation sprint, I decided to work in the library because ideas come to me easier when I am surround by others. I ended up sitting at a large table with about five other students and started sketching ideas that related to commuting. At first, I drew anything that came to mind, but after about three sketches, decided it would be better to give myself some limitations to make the ideas flow in easier. This included thinking about commuting in busses vs. cars, or vehicle vs. bike. After having spent about an hour on my initial 10 sketches, I picked my favorite idea and spent the next hour drawing my 10 breadth images. Once I finished drawing all of my images, I went through and labeled my images so my ideas would be more clear.

The left image shows few of my sketches and the right image is of me in the process of sketching an idea.

As I was creating sketches for my ideas, I came to wonder how I could manipulate my sketches in a way that showed my intangible ideas. I had several ideas that were not actually objects, but concepts. With this, I had a very time figuring out how I wanted to express my thoughts. I tried drawing out a story board type of sketch but it felt like a weak way of expressing my idea. I wanted to write down more words to accompany the drawing, but then I felt that would defeat the purpose of sketching ideas.

Something that frustrated me about this project was I had a hard time coming up with ideas. Even after I had narrowed down my theme, ideas did not come easily. Thinking back to the activity, I think it would have been more helpful if I were to do this activity after having done some research on commuting. Performing observations of real people and real situations can bring forth a lot of great ideas that are very practical! In addition to this problem, I also had a difficult time drawing out my ideas so that they were understandable to people besides myself. I would mainly attribute this to my lack of drawing skills, which could not sufficiently portray my complex ideas.

One of my understandable sketches!

Real World Application
The ideation process is applicable to practically every job that requires creating some sort of object. To brainstorm with words is not enough when working to create a new idea because you are only seeing part of the vision. A specific example may be finding a solution for the lack of tables available in the undergraduate library on campus. In class, my group and I worked on coming up with solutions to this problem by creating sketches. This was more helpful than just using words because pictures made it easier for other group member to understand each individual member’s ideas.