Foreword from the Author
As long as I can remember I’ve been interested in creating ideas that solve problems. New ideas, unique ideas, novel ideas. Some were definitely better than others, but I always had fun and people told me they liked what I created.
Today, I write about creativity, innovation and design thinking. I share experiences from my projects, I include references from my classrooms, and resources that help me do my job as an innovator.
Review the articles, find something of interest and dig in. If you ask a question, I’ll answer. If you share a comment, I’ll reply. If you want to talk we’ll schedule a call. You see, this is what I do for fun – I’m just looking for people who want to play.
#DoSomething: Our part in solving the problems of #COVID19
Recently, there has been a change in my feelings that has come from my work with others who are also feeling the same way, and are focusing on creating new ideas that solve the short and long term new problems associated with finding our new normal.
What’s Your Problem? Understanding how to identify the real problem to solve in a crisis.
The mission critical part of solving a problem is confirming that you’re working on the right problem. The problem is that the direction is often an assumption, opinion or repeat of something that has been done before, but it does assume that they know what the problem really is.
Collaborate on The How-To Guide for Creativity + Innovation
It's unfortunate, but most people are not confident with their creativity. Consequently, neither are their teams or organizations. When we were very young, our creativity knew no bounds. Simple drawings received praise from our parents, and recognition on the refrigerator door. The positive reinforcement inspired more drawings, and the continuous cycle created confidence.
Why Bad Ideas Happen to Good Businesses
or nearly 30 years, I’ve worked with leaders in the C-Suite to make strategic decisions about their business. From coast to coast and abroad, I listened in awe and amazement to the ideas presented and the rationale behind them. Some were awesome, and some were awful...
TEDx | How Creativity Can Change the World, One Bad Drawing at a Time
Everybody is creative, to some degree, in one way or another. In fact, 98% of children measure as divergent thinkers – people who can generate a volume of ideas in a short amount of time. Yet only 2% of adults score as divergent thinkers.
Understanding Ideation: So much more than just the idea.
Understanding Ideation: So much more than just the idea. The Idea Guy • July 3, 2017 This isn't going to take very long to write - I've been [...]
Share: Releasing Our Ideas to the Universe
Share: Releasing Our Ideas to the Universe The Idea Guy • January 19, 2019 About Sharing The Share stage is when you solicit feedback, about the prototypes you [...]
Test: Collecting Feedback on Ideas
Test: Collecting Feedback on Ideas The Idea Guy • January 19, 2019 About Test Throughout the process, we have gained empathy for our users, defined their needs, brainstormed [...]
Prototype: Representing Your Idea
Prototype: Representing Your Idea The Idea Guy • January 19, 2019 About Prototype As designers, prototypes allow us to quickly and inexpensively explore multiple iterations of our ideas, [...]
Ideate: Generating New Ideas
Ideate: Generating New Ideas The Idea Guy • January 19, 2019 About Ideate The purpose of the Ideate stage is to generate a large sum of ideas before [...]
Define: Confirming the Problem Statement
Define: Confirming the Problem Statement The Idea Guy • January 19, 2019 About Define The purpose of the Define stage is to synthesize any needs and insights that [...]
Empathize: Developing an Emotional Connection
Empathy is the centerpiece of a human-centered design process. The Empathy stage is the work you do to understand people, within the context of your design challenge. It is your effort to understand the way they do things and why, their physical and emotional needs, how they think about world, and what is meaningful to them.