Tag: kalideascope

Nothing to say but lots to show

I have nothing to say but lots to show you – Walter Benjamin. I heard this quote this morning on In Our Time and it really struck me….

Act it out – embody your ideas

‘Act it Out’ is my favourite technique for shifting creative thinking from the mind to the body. This post is another in my series on Turning the Kalideascope,…

Changing the key system to generate new ideas

Changing the key system is a technique I teach to help people develop new ideas when their thinking has become stuck. It’s one of my techniques for ‘turning…

Towards Regenerative Conceptual Design

I have had the great fortune of having spent three weeks in France, a good portion of it cycling. Touring is a great way to leave behind your…

Does your project need a creative boost?

Here’s four things you can do straight away to give your project a creative boost. Write down the brief. What are you trying to do? Who are you…

Asking what if – change the frame for new ideas

Asking what if. It’s my go-to technique for stimulating rapid idea generation in groups. In this post, the latest in my series on creative thinking tools for projects,…

Use your Professional Palette

We move now in my series of posts on tools for creative thinking from gathering inputs to stimulating new connections. This is what I call ‘Turning the Kalideacope‘….

Preparing the colours for your Professional Palette

There are some inputs to our creative process that we build up over time so that we are ready to draw on them whenever we work on a…

Creative thinking tools for projects: the Eiffel Over guide

We need creative thinking tools in our project toolkit to get the most out the opportunities that a new project offers. Projects provide a setting in which people…

Filling the Kalideascope – inputs from colleagues

Together, the people around you know so much more than you do. In my last post for now on Filling the Kalideacope – gathering inputs for the creative…

Filling the Kalideascope – go to site

This post is another in my series about inputs to the creative process, what I call ‘Filling the Kalideascope‘. Today’s input is visiting the site, and it cuts…

Brief explosion – starting a creative project

My starting point for gathering inputs to a creative project is the working brief. The technique that I use with participants in my workshops is what I call…

Filling the Kalideascope – creative inputs over time

Yesterday I wrote about the inputs you might gather at the start of a creative project. These are what I call inputs in the moment. But there is…

Filling the Kalideascope – creative inputs in the moment

In my last post I described the Kalideascope as a tool for having ideas. You fill it with inputs and then turn it to create new the connections…

Build a Kalideascope for creative thinking

In my last post I cited James Webb Young’s definition of an idea as being a new arrangement of existing elements. He goes on to suggest having an…

Training course – Introduction to Conceptual Design for Structural Engineers

This course, which I deliver at Constructivist for the Institution of Structural Engineers is my longest running conceptual design training course. It is an introductory course, which splits…

#15 Show-notes – Oliver Broadbent interview by Alexie Sommer – Creativity, climate and clowning

I spend most of my time designing creativity training for engineers. In this episode we flip the format. Alexie Sommer, Independent Design and Communication Director and collaborator on…

From Dminor to F#minor – new adventues in chord transitions

My Dad and I talk about chords. How would you get from one key in a piece of music to another? To onlookers, it might seem as though…

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate + reflections on my own work

This week I have had the feeling that I have been struggling recently to find focus on my creative work. I have lots of projects on at the…