So, we are designers, makers, architects & artists, an eclectic tribe of creatives – all sharing a deep desire to make the world a better place. And along with the joys & delights of dreaming up the new, come the dark nights of the soul when the ideas don’t flow, when the blank page is winning, or when you feel like you’ve lost your edge. Creative block comes with the territory.
cleverthinking. The dice work when you’re unsure where to start, are stuck & need a change in direction, or want to take a sideways leap in your thinking. You roll one (or more) of the dice – which in return offers a key-word ‘prompt’, inviting a series of creative responses, encouraging breadth and depth to your work. Every word is interpreted by you in the light of the project you are working on, so the meaning of each suggestion changes with each new context. Even though there are a ‘fixed’ number of words, there are arguably an infinite number of combinations.
‘...I ended up working in teaching through a deeply rooted belief in championing other people’s gifts and abilities – particularly when it comes to encouraging their creativity. Over the past two decades, I’ve become increasingly interested in ‘how’ we design, running workshops, delivering lectures and designing in ways that explore different process models and ways of working. The designdice™ project has been part of this journey, considering how the complexity of creative processes can be made more accessible – regardless of your previous experience.
Teaching is, I believe, most powerful when learning becomes internalised. If something is done simply because I told you so, then it only ever travels so deep. However, if a framework is created that forces you to think and apply ideas for yourself, you own that process and it becomes rooted at a more fundamental level. cleverthinking™ ...’
Andy Neal – Creator, designdice™
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