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Kick-ass Brainstorming, ISA14 Buenos Aires

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4-hour Workshop

Ever gotten stuck in a brainstorming session? Ever had egos get in the way of teamwork?

Taking lessons from improvisational theatre, this workshop will teach you the basics of supporting each other, teamwork, and the generative flow of ideas that will make you a better designer.

We’ll start with the basics of “yes and” and supporting each other, and then apply these principles to prototyping exercises that will take your brainstorming to the next level.

This workshop is fun and interactive, so come ready to try something new!

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Kick-ass Brainstorming, ISA14 Buenos Aires

  1. 1. Kick-ass Brainstorming Interaction14 South America El evento de Diseño de Interacción y Experiencia de Usuario más importante de Latinoamérica. B U E N O S A I R E S Kat Davis @iamgato
  2. 2. GOALS _ New techniques for team building _ Gain confidence in lateral thinking _ Learn methods to better support each other _ Be less afraid to fail _ Have fun 18 NOVEMBER 2014
  3. 3. AGENDA ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 3 Intro Activities Break Activities 2-hour Lunch Activities Break Activities
  4. 4. DESIGNER + TEACHER BY DAY ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 4
  5. 5. IMPROVISOR BY NIGHT ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 5
  6. 6. What is brainstorming? ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 6
  7. 7. What is brainstorming? LATERAL THINKING ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 7
  8. 8. IN AN IDEAL BRAINSTORM EVERYONE… _ Generates brilliant ideas _ Witholds judgment of ideas _ Listens _ Contributes ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 8
  9. 9. BUT THIS DOESN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 9 ! ! ! ! ! _ Power dynamics in the room _ Judge our own ideas & others _ Introverts aren’t heard _ That one person dominates
  10. 10. Today, we’ll focus on how we can break out of brainstorming ruts using techniques borrowed from improvisation. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 10
  11. 11. What is improvisation? ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 11
  12. 12. Uh, oh. Can I leave now? ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 12
  13. 13. “The art of not knowing what the hell you are going to do or say, and being completely okay with that.” ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 13 - Mick Napier
  14. 14. improv rules ! Literally. But constraints are good, too. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 14
  15. 15. IMPROV RULE #1 Yes and … Taking an idea that someone else has said, accepting it, and adding to it. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 15
  16. 16. IMPROV RULE #2 Listening Really, actively listening to what your team is saying to each other. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 16
  17. 17. IMPROV RULE #3 Suspending Judgment Allow the silly, the crazy, and the abnormal to come out ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 17
  18. 18. IMPROV RULE #4 Reacting Taking what is given in a scene and reacting to whatever comes out ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 18
  19. 19. IMPROV RULE #5 Support & Trust It’s only wrong if no one supports it. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 19
  20. 20. Improv Rules Yes and… Listening Suspending Judgment Reacting Suport & Trust ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 20
  21. 21. AGENDA ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 21 Intro Activities Break Activities 2-hour Lunch Activities Break Activities
  22. 22. ACTIVITY Part 1: Focuses on flexing our lateral thinking skills by suspending judgment and being okay with failure. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 22
  23. 23. GET IN A LARGE CIRCLE ! ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 23
  24. 24. Activities Part: Warm-up for presence and lateral thinking _ Stretch _ Name Game _ Energy Ball _ Zip, Zap, Zop _ Categories + Failure ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 24
  25. 25. BREAK & WRITE ! How can you better embrace failure into your work as a designer this month? ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 25
  26. 26. ACTIVITY Part 2: Focuses on saying yes and accepting other people’s ideas. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 26
  27. 27. Activities Part: 2 _ No, Yes _ Gift Giving _ Advertisement ! ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 27
  28. 28. LUNCH BREAK & WRITE ! What are actions that you can take this week to bring, “yes and …” into your work as a designer? ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 28
  29. 29. AGENDA ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 29 Intro Activities Break Activities 2-hour Lunch Activities Break Activities
  30. 30. ACTIVITY Part 3: Making connections by reacting and suspending judgment. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 30
  31. 31. Activities Part: 3 _ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 _ Word ball _ Make connections (words) ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 31
  32. 32. ACTIVITY Part 4: Focuses on a direct application everything we’ve learned to a client brainstorming activity. ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 32
  33. 33. Activities Part: 4 _ Bodystorming _ Freeze ! ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 33
  34. 34. Yes and… Listening Suspending Judgment Reacting Suport & Trust ISA ’14 // KICK-ASS BRAINSTORMING 34 Improv Rules
  35. 35. ABOUT FROG
  36. 36. No deje de completar su evaluación online isa.ixda.org/encuesta ¡Muchas gracias! Interaction14 South America B U E N O S A I R E S Kick-ass Brainstorming Kat Davis

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