Individual Idea Generation

How might we create a better way to store food in a backpack?

New Warm-up game

For my warm up games, I first played Zip, Zap, Zop to get them more open to the weirdness. This was incredibly effective, after this game they were already thinking more creatively. We then played my own game, which I call “Category Ball”.

The rules are similar to “Red Ball”, so the players pass an imaginary red ball around. However, when the imaginary ball is passed the first time, a category is called out. The proceeding passers then must say something the fits into that category when they creatively pass the “Red Ball”. When someone runs out of something to fit in that category, they simply the make a new category and the game continues over and over.

Both of these games went over pretty well and had everyone laughing and smiling. I considered both of these games largely a success. Some of the categories in Category Ball were Star Wars characters, fruit, action movies, celebrities, bad habits, and colors. I thought the colors one was particularly interesting because everyone began making up colors similar to those that exist on crayon labels.

Session Organization

In my session, I had four people who I hadn’t seen in quite some time. Macy is a Computer Science major, who loves metal music and lacrosse. Lydia is a Fisheries and Wildlife major, and is heavily involved in sustainability student groups here at the U. Jasmine is a Biochemistry major that spends her free time as a board member for the Asian Student Association. My fourth member, Marissa, is currently a Biomedical Engineering student that spends a lot of time watching Netflix.

Since they all live in Como, we held the brainstorming session in Macy’s living room. Our session lasted 27 minutes and in that timeframe we generated 114 ideas. With the five of us including me participating, our IPM was 0.84. No matter how much I coached them, I didn’t get many good ideas out of the session. When they were struggling, we did both rolestorming and negative brainstorming. Although they really enjoyed the negative brainstorming part, they lacked the connection to turning a negative idea into a good one.

Sorting and Voting

For the sorting process, we did a silent sort and then came up with 9 categories in about 5 minutes. These categories were hanging, food changes, pratical pockets, food protection, unrealistic, compartments, appliances, added stuff, and where to store. The unrealistic category contained many of the ideas that barely related to food storage in a backpack. Looking back, the compartment and practical pocket categories could’ve been condensed into one, in the moment, they were separate because the one was more specified.

Following the sorting, we voted using a tally system. Each person got 10 tallies, 5 for creative and 5 for feasible. Creative tallies were placed in the bottom right of the sticky notes and feasible in the bottom right. While we were voting, a few of Macy’s roommates returned home, so we had them throw a few votes up there after explaining the prompt. When I got home from the session, I rehung all the ones that got a vote on the wall to look into those more closely.

Top Ideas


For this week’s assignment, I plan to do my individual idea generation and create a warm up game on Thursday and Friday. Then, host my brainstorming session on Saturday with sorting/voting occurring right after the session. Then, I’ll finalize the top ideas and sketch them on Sunday and Monday. That leaves Tuesday to formulate everything into the blog post to submit on Wednesday.

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