Category Archives: Creative Thinking Prompts

Creative Thinking Prompt: Ambigram Name

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent your own font. Use this font to create an ambigram with your name.

Font is a design for a set of characters such as the alphabet using different sizes, italic, and bold. Typeface defines the shape of each character like when we use Arial and Comic Sans to add personality to our letters.

An ambigram is a word that is able to be interpreted from a different direction or perspective. Often used in graphic design, ambigrams play with optical illusions, symmetry and visual perception that include rotational, reflective, and 3-dimensional. A popular ambigram is when flipped horizontally or vertically, it still means the same.

Steps on how to make your own ambigram, visit:

https://designshack.net/articles/graphics/how-to-design-an-ambigram/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Colorforms® – A Timeless Toy

Creative Thinking Prompt: Colorforms® – A Timeless Toy

Since the 1950s, Colorforms® has been inspiring the imaginations of children. Back in 1951, two art students, Harry and Patricia Kislevitz, experimented with a new medium, a flexible vinyl material to use instead of paint. They bought rolls of colorful vinyl, cut out geometric shapes and stuck them to the walls of their bathroom. When guests came over to visit, they added to the Harry and Patricia’s bathroom art creation.

To learn more about Colorforms®, visit:

http://www.colorforms.com/history/

http://www.colorforms.com/videos/

The Invention Process

Step 1: Choose a problem

Step 2: Brainstorm solutions

Step 3: Background research

Step 4: Design and build

Step 5: Test and revise

Creative Thinking Prompt: Using the invention process, invent a new imagination game. After you design and build, have others play your game. What did they like about it? What did they think could be improved? Go back to the drawing board and revise your game again and again, trying out new ideas. What steps and risks did you take to invent something new? Good for you! Pat yourself on the back for persisting and trying something new!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Turning Numbers into Cartoon Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Turning Numbers into Cartoon Art

Pick a category such as robots, fish, trees, cars, breakfast, etc. Next starting with the number one (1), create a cartoon character for each number, 1–5. Make sure your number is “hidden”.

Think Deeper: Combine numbers to create animals.

Visit this webpage for tutorial and inspiration to transform numbers into animals:

http://www.drawinghowtodraw.com/stepbystepdrawinglessons/tag/number-drawing/

Learning Extensions:

Watch these brief videos that easily show how to turn numbers into cartoon birds:

How to turn Numbers 1-5 into the cartoon birds step by step

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOsZ4994Bmw

 How to turn Numbers 6-9 into the cartoon birds step by step

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FntooBiqbYs

Creative Thinking Prompt: I See You

Creative Thinking Prompt: I See You

  First, brainstorm different ways that “I see you” can be interpreted.

 Second, combine.

Select from your list a few ways and combine them. Play around with these combinations. Have fun!

  Third, evaluate.

Which combination is most unusual? Which one creates emotion or an “aha” moment? Which one is “boring”? Which one has humor? Can a trait from one be substituted for a trait in another combination? Has you seen this done before? If so, how can you make it original?

 Fourth, elaborate.

Add details to your combination. Extend it.

These are some of my thoughts and where they led as I went through the creative process.

A) eyeball art; play on words I Sea You->  an image of the ocean in the iris of an eye

B) graffiti art; font; text message ICU ->  could mean an emergency room or combine with graffiti art to create images within the letters of ICU to create meaning for I See You

C) body movement; sign language ->  through a telescope or binoculars is an image of you in the sea

 Creative Thinking Prompt: How many ways can you create meaning for “I See You”?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism

Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism

 Rene Magritte

Surrealism art is an art form that reunites the world of dream and fantasy with everyday reality, a mix of conscious and unconscious realms.

Artist Rene Magritte’s surrealism artwork challenges others, in an unexpected manner, to view his art not as it appears to be, but as it appears not. For Magritte, what is concealed is more important than what is open to view.

This art by Rene Magritte looks like a pipe but its translation is “This is not a pipe.”

Creative Thinking Prompt: If this is not a pipe, what else can it be?

Brainstorm alternate uses for this item. Develop a new name for this “pipe”.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invention Inspired by Nature

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invention Inspired by Nature

What do owls and humpback whales have in common?

Wind turbine blades!

Researchers Ian Clark, William N. Alexander, William J. Devenport, Stewart A. Glegg, Justin Jaworski, Conor Daly, and Nigel Peake looked at an owl’s silent predatory flight for inspiration to reduce the amount of noise that wind blades emitted. They noticed tiny hairs that look like fringe stuck up on wing feathers, which smoothed the air flow into a neat stream. After creating a 3D printed plastic coating that mimics the owl’s feather structure and applying it to the blade, turbine noise was reduced by fifty percent.

Biologist Frank Fish noticed bumps running along the fins on a humpback whale. Fish studied and discovered that these bumps create small vortices that help the fin cut through water. By developing a bumpy edge to a turbine blade, noise is reduced and efficiency increased. This is now known as the turbercle effect.

Edge of a prototype wind turbine blade – Whalepower Corporation

Creative Thinking Prompt: How might an owl or whale influence you to redesign or create a new common household item like a spoon, lawn mower, or bike?

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/physics/turbine-blades-inspired-owls

https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/10-technologies-inspired-nature

Creative Thinking Prompt: Out of This World Tasty Galaxy

Creative Thinking Prompt: Out of This World Tasty Galaxy

Ever wondered what a galaxy might taste like? Dessert makers have.

©Sweetambs

  Instagram: @sobeautifullyraw

   

@https://cakecrumbs.me/2013/07/24/jupiter-structural-layer-cake/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Out of This World Tasty Galaxy

Make a list of 25 different foods. They may not be just desserts. From your list pick five that seem unusual or weird to you. How might you pair a galaxy with those foods? From there, choose one galaxy food. Sketch out what it would look like. List the ingredients and steps it would take to make your food. If you have permission, try making your galaxy food. And don’t forget to name it!

EXTENDED LEARNING

©Sweetambs

To learn how to make and decorate galaxy cookies, visit:

http://www.sweetambs.com/tutorial/galaxy-cookies/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Infinite Space Defined

 ©Chul Hyun Ahn

Creative Thinking Prompt: Infinite Space Defined

How do you define space? How might you show (represent) space?

South Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn enjoys exploring how to define infinite space through his art. He creates portal-looking sculptures using light, mirrors, color and illusion.

    

Images©Chul Hyun Ahn

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

https://www.artsy.net/artist/chul-hyun-ahn/works

https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/ypn95b/illuminating-infinite-spaces-meet-chul-hyun-ahn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIqBdvrJ4VE

 Think Deeper: Ponder this – If something is infinite, does it have a center point?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Knolling

Adam Hillman, SpaghettiOOOOOOOOO, 2016

Creative Thinking Prompt: Knolling

Knolling is defined as arranging objects at 90 degree angles from each other and then photographing them. American sculptor Tom Sachs uses knolling as an integral part to his process. He describes the process of knolling in his 2009 studio manual, 10 Bullets.

  1. Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.
  2. Put away everything not in use. If you aren’t sure, leave it out.
  3. Group all ‘like’ objects.
  4. Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself.

Object Arranger Artist Adam Hillman creates his artwork using knolling. By carefully arranging items, he makes colorful compositions and then photographs them.

        

Images ©Adam Hillman

Think Deeper: Try your hand at knolling. Collect objects from around your home that share a common trait and arrange them using 90 degree angles.

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

To view more of Adam’s artwork, visit:

http://www.ufunk.net/en/photos/adam-hillman-instagram/

http://adamhillman.tumblr.com

https://www.instagram.com/witenry/?hl=en

To learn more about knolling and view artwork, visit:

https://creativemarket.com/blog/what-is-knolling-the-overhead-photography-trend-explained

Creative Thinking Prompt: DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion®

Creative Thinking Prompt: DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion®

Creative expression + creative movement + environment + inter- and intra- relationships = DIAVOLO

Diavolo’s mission statement is to explore the relation and interaction between the human body and its architectural environment to understand how we are being affected not only socially, but physically and emotionally. Dancers fly through the air from structures designed by Jacques Heim. Their acrobatic dance performance incorporates strength as well as emotion to tell a story.

In 1992, French-born choreographer and visionary Jacques Heim created DIAVOLO, an acrobatic dance company that incorporates unique geometric-architectural props. Diavolo stands for “I fly” in Latin and “day” in Spanish. Currently, they are competing on the TV show, America’s Got Talent.

To learn more about Diavolo, visit:

https://www.diavolo.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc2hrLbvXMg