CREATIVE THINKING PROMPT: Create A Monster Using Attribute Listing

   
CREATIVE THINKING PROMPT: Create A Monster Using Attribute Listing

An attribute listing matrix is a common creative thinking technique used to generate and develop ideas through multiple combinations. Today, we are going to use it to create a monster face.

STEP 1. Select a problem or product.

  • PROBLEM: To create a monster face.

STEP 2. Break problem into key attributes.

  • ATTRIBUTES: Create a list of attributes that might be found on a monster’s face. Pick six of the most important ones.
  • In the first row, number 1 – 6, skipping the first box.
  • In the first column, list six attributes, skipping the first box. For my attributes, I identified face color, hair, number of eyes, markings, teeth and horns.

STEP 3. Identify various ways to achieve each attribute.

IDENTIFY: Brainstorm different options for each attribute. Pick up to six.

  • For each row, list six types of that item. For example, Face Color: blue, yellow, pink, green, orange, purple.

STEP 4. Design or create a solution by manipulating and recombining the variables.

  • DESIGN: Use a six-sided die to create combinations.
  • Roll the die six times, writing down each number after you roll.
  • Then starting with the first attribute – Face Color, find the corresponding number to discover which color your face will be. If I rolled a 4, my face color would be purple.
  • Do this for each attribute.
  • Now draw your monster face.
  • Don’t forget to name your monster.

This process can be repeated over and over again using different number combinations.

CREATE A MONSTER USING ATTRIBUTES

ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX
FACE COLOR Yellow Pink Green Purple Orange Blue
HAIR Spiked Mohawk Bald Ponytail Long Curls Bobbed
NUMBER of EYES Five Two Zero Four Three One
MARKINGS Furry Freckled Star on Cheek Birthmark None Spotted
TEETH Drooling Pointed Gaps in between Decaying Gleaming Braces
HORNS Unicorn Goat Hippo Antelope Elk Ibex

Here’s what I rolled.

Face Color: 4 = purple

Hair: 2 = Mohawk

Number of Eyes: 5 = three eyes

Markings: 6 = spotted

Teeth: 2 = pointed

Horns: 1 = unicorn

I’m not the best drawer but I present to you, Bob the Monster.

Now you design your own attribute matrix to create a one of a kind monster!

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