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5 Steps to creative problem solving

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Creativity isn't a discipline for just designers. Ideas and creativity should come from everyone regardless of their role. Creativity can be taught and I've been heavily inspired by Tina Seelig and Tony Schwartz's presentations at the 2013 Behance ideas conference. They both provided jaw-dropping looks into how they see the creative process, which I will never look at the same way again.

That journey inspired me to prepare this presentation which is my attempt at teaching and spreading this infectious process to others who might not understand how creativity works or can find use from such information.

Unique solutions come from innovative problem solving. Having a framework is critical.

Insight. First find and define the problem.

Saturation. This is the information gathering phase chock full of research. Most designers hate this phase because it isn’t “creative” in their mind. From my perspective, the designers I respect most are all about saturating themselves in data and inspiration.

Incubation. This is where you walk away from ideas and thinking altogether, which Schwartz refers to as “thinking aside.” He explains that when you shut your mind off, your brain is able to spark the best creativity, which is why ideas pop in your head during a shower, while walking in nature or when you are dreaming. This is often an area I totally ignored since I’ve never really had the luxury of time, but one I’ll be looking to learn and apply in my ever-changing creative process.

Illumination. This is one step we are likely all familiar with. The infamous a-ha moment that stops you in your tracks.

Verification. This is the point where things start coming together; the part where you make it real. This part reminds me of the great scientists of history having an idea, testing it and learning from it.

Learn, modify and repeat. That being said, creativity isn’t supposed to be easy, as Cal Newport points out, it takes a level of deep work and focused intent to develop skills and solve problems. Malcolm Gladwell talked about 10,000 hours being the time it takes to master a task. Nonetheless, we have scientific data to back how the brain learns things.

Ideas are nothing without execution.

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5 Steps to creative problem solving

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  4. 4. Saturation2 Incubation3 Illumination4 Verification5 Insight1 The5Steps to creative problem solving
  5. 5. Insight1 ○ Find and define the problem ○ Informed by research ○ Art and science
  6. 6. Saturation2 ○ Research and information gathering ○ Dull, not sexy, people think it's not creative
  7. 7. Incubation3 ○ Let it marinate. Some call it "thinking aside" ○ Shut off your mind to spark creativity
  8. 8. Illumination4 ○ We know this as the "Aha!" moment or when the big idea hits ○ The idea you get in the shower
  9. 9. Verification5 ○ Make it a reality ○ Proof of concept ○ Prototype it!
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