I am learning a lot about developing not only my creative process, but how to continue to assess it for improvement. My work at SCAD has really opened my mind to thinking about new ways to solve problems. It’s something that I inherently was starting to feel and question, so this course either came along at the right time or was the cause of my changes in thinking. Either way it happened, it’s happened and I couldn’t be happier about it.
My current “take away” (I hate that term, but it’s all the rage) is that I need to have a variety of tools at my disposal. I need a design utility belt, as if I’m the Batman of design. Seriously though, you use the right tool for the right job and the same can be said for process. You need to use the right method of ideation to solve the right problem. Will mind-mapping work for every project, probably not, so to be a strong and vibrant designer, I need to have other options at my disposal. Without having a variety of tools, I don’t think I could be a strong designer. I feel as if I’d come up with the same ideas on a regular basis, which isn’t good. It reminds me of a scene from the Brady Bunch movie where Mr. Brady can only design buildings that look like their house. I don’t want to constantly reinvent the wheel and i’d certainly be out of business if I did, but people do flock to designers based on their aesthetic, but that’s a subject for a later blog!