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
|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|
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!