Brainstorm

My General Ideas

New Warm Up Game

A new warm up game we tried was ‘Link’ where two people would say two random words and then the next person in the circle would have to come up with a word that linked the two previous words together in any creative way or context. This evolved into saying three then four words in a circle and then the next person had to come up with and crazy, creative sentence that included each word previously stated. Changed it to sentences because finding a word that linked four completely random words became extremely broad and actually not as creative.

Donovan, one of the members of my brainstorming group also thought that having everyone play his new Battlefield 1 game would also be a good creative warmup, so he made sure we all played his game as well.

And although Levi and Donovan weren’t as interested in the creativity warmups as they were in the PS4 game, we also performed a few rounds of Zip Zap Zop and Word Ball (related and unrelated versions) in hopes of really getting the creative juices flowing.

Session Organization

Pictured here are four of the five participants who joined in the brainstorming session. Not pictured is Jenny Carlson, Donovan’s mom who unfortunately missed majority of the brainstorming session but was there for the sorting and voting section.

Donovan front left is a senior in high school who was diagnosed at the age of five with Duchennes. This is a form of muscular dystrophy that has over time taken away his ability to walk along with a lot of arm strength and motion.

Back left is Levi, Donovan’s younger brother who is a freshman in high school. Sitting next to him is Donovan’s service dog Buffy who had a tough time contributing actual ideas to the brainstorming session but insisted on being involved. And in the front corner is Chris, one of my friends who I play lacrosse with.

The Carlsons were nice enough to invite us over to have the brainstorming session at their home where we utilized the kitchen table and floor to layout our ideas. We played a number of different warm up games as I mentioned in the New Warm-Up Game section above. This included Link, the game I developed, as well as a couple games from class including zip zap zop and word ball.

The total time of idea generation was about 40 minutes long. However, a lot of that time was spent discussing and explaining products which took away from actual idea generating time. Donovan preferred to share his ideas while occasionally incorporating small sketches because it was tiresome for him to be drawing constantly. This also was a factor in the total number of ideas generated and the rate at which we did.

With 30 ideas we had approximately a .30 IPM rate. Had we more time to talk and get comfortable prior to the brainstorming session I think this rate would have increased immensely. I could tell that as we went on, sharing ideas and sharing less comfortable ideas increased for a few of the members. This also meant that the different brainstorming techniques rolestorming, negative storming, ect. actually helped.

Sorting and Voting

Above shows a picture of all the ideas generated during the brain storming session. Some of these pages have two or three ideas while others just have one per page.

This picture shows some groupings of the ideas after we took some time to sort them. Pictured are six groups we initially divided the ideas into which after further evaluation became just three.

The names of the categories we divided our products into were:

Wheel Chair accessories

Hand held technology

Household item modifications

We performed a silent sort similar to that done in class to form our initial six groups. We further discussed and came to a group conclusion that the three categories above accurately described the subdivisions. This was then followed up by drawing tally marks on each of our top five ideas to get an idea of which products the group favored.

Top Ideas

Taking into consideration the group’s thoughts on which ideas were best, below are 10 that were the most popular.

Chris’s idea Below

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