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Sparking Creativity with Random Play


Emerson Taymor

August 21, 2018

Design Studio is a creative exercise that combines divergent and convergent thinking, allowing participants to brainstorm ideas independently before merging them toward a shared vision. We employ this method to facilitate creative team problem solving.

At InfoBeans, one of our core principles is to #makeitbetter, so naturally we wanted to improve the Design Studio exercise. One of the problems we saw with Design Studio was that some people who are new to the method could feel uncomfortable coming up with original ideas. So we decided to run a Design Studio on Design Studio. As a result, we created a game called “Spark!”

I shared the game with a large audience at Agile2018. You can view my slides here.

We also wrote a blog post describing the making of Spark! on our Medium blog. You can read that here.

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