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Personal Handbook of Creative Thinking

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Creative Thinking Andrea Krakovska Relationships The Lemonade Theory - from move "Six Degrees of Seperation" In Tina Seeling's presentation about entrepreneurship, I loved her anecdote about the Chillian man in the grocery store buying lemonade. "Most people look at life as
turning lemons into lemonade.
But real entrepreneurship is about turning lemonade into helicopters." - Tina Seeling "Every person is a new
door to a different world" I think i can relate to Tina's anecdote more than anyone else I know. For some reason random people ALWAYS seem to talk to me wherever I go. My friends always say that I just attract the weirdest people!
Just yesterday in the bus line for Uni a guy standing next to me commented on the colour of my toenails. Then when we got on the bus he proceeded to sit next to me, but didn't say anything else till about halfway through the trip when he turned around and apologised for his previous comment. He then closed his eyes and asked me if I could remember what colour his eyes were. I hadn't really paid attention to the colour of his eyes before that but judging from his appearance (pale skin, light hair) i guessed blue. And I was right! He looked very surprised and told me that I must be creative, because creative people remember details. I then confessed to him that it was just a lucky guess, but from now on whenever I speak to someone I will always make sure I pay attention to the colour of their eyes.
When I got to uni and told my friend this story she said "Oh my god Andrea why did you even talk him? He sounds like such a creep! I would have just ignored him!" But I'm glad I did talk to him because I definately learnt something from him that will stay with me for as long as i remember. Relationships have the ability to create a big impact on our life, whether creatively, emotionally or physically. The are an infinate number of powerful connections that can be made through relationships, which makes them very important in many aspects of our lives. I feel that right from the beginning of this course, in this first week my perceptions and the way I approach design and life had already changed. This case study taught me about the endless possibilities in the world around me, and how simple it is to harness these into opportunities. There is so much more out there that I havn't even begun to explore, and everyday I find myself engaging in new experiences or learning new things. I know this might sound cliche but it has definately changed my life. Each day I cant wait to see what new opportunities and experiences will arise! Motivation The are an infinate number of powerful connections that can be made through relationships, which makes them very important in many aspects of our lives. Money Power Recognition Passion Persuasion Awards Promotion Learn a new Skill Achievement Impress Someone Challenge yourself Faith Environment Enjoyment I am mostly
motivated by my
own passion and
desire to do
things As well as the
enjoyment I get
from doing these
things eg. singing,
dancing, drawing,
designing etc. Family Intrinsic Extrinsic In his essay 'How to be a Genius,'
Scott Berkun talks about the importance
of family in motivating and encouraging
creative minds "One popular legend around Einstein is his young obsession with a compass from his dad" - Scott Berkun "Mozart and Beethoven also had fathers who were professional musicians, and at young ages they were taught by Pops how to read and play various instruments" - Scott Berkun However I also believe that environment has a large impact on an individual's creative potential Leonardo Da Vinci
was born out of
wedlock to a peasant
mother However his youth was spent in Florence, the centre of Christian thought and culture at the time.

I believe the art around him very much had an impact on his work, a kind of situational influence. Failure The are an infinate number of powerful connections that can be made through relationships, which makes them very important in many aspects of our lives. I am mostly
motivated by my
own passion and
desire to do
things In his essay 'How to be a Genius,'
Scott Berkun talks about the importance
of family in motivating and encouraging
creative minds "One popular legend around Einstein is his young obsession with a compass from his dad" - Scott Berkun "Mozart and Beethoven also had fathers who were professional musicians, and at young ages they were taught by Pops how to read and play various instruments" - Scott Berkun However I also believe that environment has a large impact on an individual's creative potential Leonardo Da Vinci
was born out of
wedlock to a peasant
mother However his youth was spent in Florence, the centre of Christian thought and culture at the time.

I believe the art around him very much had an impact on his work, a kind of situational influence. - Morihei Ueshiba "Failure is the key to success;
each mistake teaches us something." In her commencement speech, J.K. Rowling talks
about the benefits of failure, and how you have
to experience and overcome failure in order to
realise your creative potentials and possibilities "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default" - J.K. Rowling motivation In assignment 1, I learnt that
Extrinsic Motivation, is when someone
or something motivates you to do a task
eg. money, praise, awards etc. "If a reward — money, awards, praise, or winning a
contest — comes to be seen as the reason one is engaging in an activity, that activity will be viewed as less enjoyable in its own right." - Kohn 2012 Because I am more motivated by my own passion and enjoyment, I agree with Kohn's statement. Intrinsic Motivation is when you want to do something because you find it enjoyable I think life is about successes and failures.
If we live our lives never trying anything new and having never experienced failure at something, can you really call it living? J.K. Rowling's talk was very insightful and I believe that failure is inevitable, we can't be good at everything! Resilience to failure and disappointment is an important quality in people that display creativity and innovation. None of the worlds greatest inventions or ideas came from people that were being ‘safe.’ Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." Marilyn Monroe was told by modeling agents that she should instead consider being a secretary And even Elvis was told that he "ain't goin' nowhere" and that the he "ought to go back to drivin' a truck!" The are an infinate number of powerful connections that can be made through relationships, which makes them very important in many aspects of our lives. Environment I am mostly
motivated by my
own passion and
desire to do
things As well as the
enjoyment I get
from doing these
things eg. singing,
dancing, drawing,
designing etc. In his essay 'How to be a Genius,'
Scott Berkun talks about the importance
of family in motivating and encouraging
creative minds "One popular legend around Einstein is his young obsession with a compass from his dad" - Scott Berkun "Mozart and Beethoven also had fathers who were professional musicians, and at young ages they were taught by Pops how to read and play various instruments" - Scott Berkun However I also believe that environment has a large impact on an individual's creative potential Leonardo Da Vinci
was born out of
wedlock to a peasant
mother However his youth was spent in Florence, the centre of Christian thought and culture at the time.

I believe the art around him very much had an impact on his work, a kind of situational influence. In assignment 1, I learnt that
Extrinsic Motivation, is when someone
or something motivates you to do a task
eg. money, praise, awards etc. "If a reward — money, awards, praise, or winning a
contest — comes to be seen as the reason one is engaging in an activity, that activity will be viewed as less enjoyable in its own right." - Kohn 2012 Because I am more motivated by my own passion and enjoyment, I agree with Kohn's statement. Intrinsic Motivation is when you want to do something because you find it enjoyable The are an infinate number of powerful connections that can be made through relationships, which makes them very important in many aspects of our lives. I am mostly
motivated by my
own passion and
desire to do
things As well as the
enjoyment I get
from doing these
things eg. singing,
dancing, drawing,
designing etc. In his essay 'How to be a Genius,'
Scott Berkun talks about the importance
of family in motivating and encouraging
creative minds "One popular legend around Einstein is his young obsession with a compass from his dad" - Scott Berkun "Mozart and Beethoven also had fathers who were professional musicians, and at young ages they were taught by Pops how to read and play various instruments" - Scott Berkun However I also believe that environment has a large impact on an individual's creative potential Leonardo Da Vinci
was born out of
wedlock to a peasant
mother However his youth was spent in Florence, the centre of Christian thought and culture at the time.

I believe the art around him very much had an impact on his work, a kind of situational influence. In assignment 1, I learnt that
Extrinsic Motivation, is when someone
or something motivates you to do a task
eg. money, praise, awards etc. "If a reward — money, awards, praise, or winning a
contest — comes to be seen as the reason one is engaging in an activity, that activity will be viewed as less enjoyable in its own right." - Kohn 2012 Because I am more motivated by my own passion and enjoyment, I agree with Kohn's statement. Intrinsic Motivation is when you want to do something because you find it enjoyable Work Organisation "If you ever want to move your ideas forward, you need to figure out how to organize them and then how to manage the process of working on them" I learnt that being organised is a crucial aspect in bringing a creative idea into completion. As a designer I often find myself flying from one idea to the next - each time a new idea strikes I immediately dismiss the old one to pursue the new one, and after idea, after idea, after idea I never get any further to developing a strong concept. I found that setting deadlines is a good way to get organised, as is writing a 'plan of action.' This helps me stay focused on the task but still allows me to be creative. Collaboration I always found teamwork quite annoying and irritating, but this week I learnt that it can actually lead to the development of stronger ideas and concepts. Probably because more minds are always better than one! Belsky also talks about how collaborations often work best with people who are opposite minded, eg. 'dreamers' and 'doers' work well together because one person comes up with the ideas or 'dreams', but without the other person (doer) the ideas will never spawn into an actual product! Leadership In regards to leadership, I learnt that in order for your idea to reach its full potential, you have to step up to the plate and lead. First you must lead yourself and this is done by getting organised. Only after you have achieved that can your lead others into collaboration. I love how leadership ties back to the the previous two aspects discussed, it really brings the whole topic into context! In his essay 'How to be a Genius,'
Scott Berkun talks about the importance
of family in motivating and encouraging
creative minds "One popular legend around Einstein is his young obsession with a compass from his dad" - Scott Berkun "Mozart and Beethoven also had fathers who were professional musicians, and at young ages they were taught by Pops how to read and play various instruments" - Scott Berkun "If a reward — money, awards, praise, or winning a
contest — comes to be seen as the reason one is engaging in an activity, that activity will be viewed as less enjoyable in its own right." - Kohn 2012 Intrinsic Motivation is when you want to do something because you find it enjoyable The are an infinate number of powerful connections that can be made through relationships, which makes them very important in many aspects of our lives. As well as the
enjoyment I get
from doing these
things eg. singing,
dancing, drawing,
designing etc. In his essay 'How to be a Genius,'
Scott Berkun talks about the importance
of family in motivating and encouraging
creative minds "One popular legend around Einstein is his young obsession with a compass from his dad" - Scott Berkun "Mozart and Beethoven also had fathers who were professional musicians, and at young ages they were taught by Pops how to read and play various instruments" - Scott Berkun However I also believe that environment has a large impact on an individual's creative potential Leonardo Da Vinci
was born out of
wedlock to a peasant
mother However his youth was spent in Florence, the centre of Christian thought and culture at the time.

I believe the art around him very much had an impact on his work, a kind of situational influence. In assignment 1, I learnt that
Extrinsic Motivation, is when someone
or something motivates you to do a task
eg. money, praise, awards etc. - Kohn 2012 Because I am more motivated by my own passion and enjoyment, I agree with Kohn's statement. Intrinsic Motivation is when you want to do something because you find it enjoyable Patterns Inhibition Persistence “Many of us who have the potential to be creative fail only because we struggle to turn of our filters and fears” I found this great image by artist Luke Chueh, I think it depicts the concept of inhibition really well! The character has
come up with an idea, but the internal fear (the little guy on top of his head) is stopping
him from exploring it! In order to fully realise our creative potential, I learnt that we have to let go of our inhibitions! I found a great article on persistance at http://digitalethos.org/persistence/
It talks about persistance from the perspective of a mother watching her daughter play, and I found it quite inspiring! I thought the article was really cute and I encourage you to read it (don't worry its not very long). I learnt that rejection should not be viewed as personal, but more as a form a feedback, and to reset my perception of the word NO. Children have amazing minds and looking at the way they think can give us a fresh perspective on life! And also I found that persistence usually pays off in the end. Combinations ‘A chef’s talents hinge on his ability to bring ingredients together to create things’ Reading Berkun's chapter on combinations, I learnt that even the most creative ideas, are ultimately just a combination of existing products or concepts! Berkun suggests the we ‘break apart something to see how it is made.’ In Industrial Design we are constantly encouraged to take things apart and be inquisitive about the products around us. I find that this really helps when trying to come up with a new concept for a studio project, and you also learnt alot more about how different things are made. Combinations are definately useful in design! In his essay 'How to be a Genius,'
Scott Berkun talks about the importance
of family in motivating and encouraging
creative minds "One popular legend around Einstein is his young obsession with a compass from his dad" - Scott Berkun "Mozart and Beethoven also had fathers who were professional musicians, and at young ages they were taught by Pops how to read and play various instruments" - Scott Berkun "If a reward — money, awards, praise, or winning a
contest — comes to be seen as the reason one is engaging in an activity, that activity will be viewed as less enjoyable in its own right." - Kohn 2012 Intrinsic Motivation is when you want to do something because you find it enjoyable The are an infinate number of powerful connections that can be made through relationships, which makes them very important in many aspects of our lives. As well as the
enjoyment I get
from doing these
things eg. singing,
dancing, drawing,
designing etc. In his essay 'How to be a Genius,'
Scott Berkun talks about the importance
of family in motivating and encouraging
creative minds "One popular legend around Einstein is his young obsession with a compass from his dad" - Scott Berkun "Mozart and Beethoven also had fathers who were professional musicians, and at young ages they were taught by Pops how to read and play various instruments" - Scott Berkun However I also believe that environment has a large impact on an individual's creative potential Leonardo Da Vinci
was born out of
wedlock to a peasant
mother However his youth was spent in Florence, the centre of Christian thought and culture at the time.

I believe the art around him very much had an impact on his work, a kind of situational influence. In assignment 1, I learnt that
Extrinsic Motivation, is when someone
or something motivates you to do a task
eg. money, praise, awards etc. - Kohn 2012 Because I am more motivated by my own passion and enjoyment, I agree with Kohn's statement. Intrinsic Motivation is when you want to do something because you find it enjoyable Storytelling I thought the article was really cute and I encourage you to read it (don't worry its not very long). I learnt that rejection should not be viewed as personal, but more as a form a feedback, and to reset my perception of the word NO. Children have amazing minds and looking at the way they think can give us a fresh perspective on life! And also I found that persistence usually pays off in the end. Why so
serious? The story behind the batman film Dark Knight with Heath Ledger definitely left an impression on me. One of the most impressionable scenes is the Joker’s “Why so serious” scene. He tells a story about his father slitting his mother’s lips with a knife, in order to force her to smile. The concept of ‘why so serious’ has forced me to question my view on life
as well as my priorities. Life is short and we shouldn't waste our time worrying about things that arnt important, why be so serious all the time?
Storytelling in this movie has definately helped strengthen the plot and overall theme of the film. I think storytelling allows people to relate to the characters and this connection allows audiences to feel a greater sense of what the movie is about. There is not doubt that storytelling is a powerful tool in all areas of creativity. I watched this really great TED talk about storytelling! Storytelling has evolved in remarkable ways, and I learnt that there are many more ways to tell stories than just through books!

I think storytelling is very important in design. One of my studio tutors, Rina Bernabei, is an established lighting designer and she uses the idea of storytelling in her products, and encourages us to do the same! This is one of her designs - 'Stitch Light' "The Stitch Light draws upon the framework elements of narrative, manufacture and interaction. Traditional feminine craft practices of embroidery create an historical narrative context, which, when combined with the end-user’s interaction, create a unique object
that will contain
and maintain a
personal story.
Rather than being
just another light,
this item will
forever be the
result of the
owner’s efforts." Storytelling in Film Leadership However his youth was spent in Florence, the centre of Christian thought and culture at the time.

I believe the art around him very much had an impact on his work, a kind of situational influence. Some of us touched on the topic of leadership in week 4 (work), however this week we really delved into the qualities and attributes which define great leaders. "All great and inspiring leaders," "whether it's Martin Luther King," "Apple," "the Wright brothers," "they all think, act and communicate the EXACT same way," "And it’s the complete OPPOSITE,
to everyone else!" Sinek's TED talk about how leaders inspire action was very insightful and I learnt that leadership is all about a different way of thinking and communicating He also introduces the concept of the golden circle Every business knows
'what' they do Better companies also know
'how' they do it But very few businesses actually
know ‘why’ they do it If you don’t know why do what you do, how can you hope to inspire, connect and communicate with people? I think that even in creativity, it is important
to know 'why' you are doing what your doing, this can make a big different in the end result! Change "If we don't change, we don't grow" This week I learnt that change can
be both a good and a bad thing! The newsweek article we read talks about how change within the education system has led to a downfall in creativity in students. I guess these days society places more emphasis on knowledge and academics, however during this course, I have learnt there is actually a suprising link between genius and creativity, so it is a shame that creativity is not encouraged more On the other hand, Provonost inspired a life-saving change when he introduced 'checklists' into American hospitals Doctors and nurses are under so much pressure
in their everyday job, that checklists can really help and have the great potential to save lives! Green Day's "Time of your life" is
great song describing change The song begins with the lyric;

‘Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road’

Describing that the persona has reached a point in his life where he is about to experience change. "Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go"

Change is not always voluntary, it can be dictated by the point you have reached in your life eg. Graduating high school or university etc. "So make the best of this test and don’t ask why,
"Its not a question but a lesson learnt in time"

Rather than question change, we should embrace it and make the best of it Because in the end;

"It’s something unpredictable,
but in the end it’s right" "I hope you had the time of you life"
-Green Day Morals Mentorship In design studio classes, our tutors could be looked at as mentors. In class they can be very harsh and incredibly critical of our work, in our first year i remember a group of girls were even brought to tears at some point! But i believe in this way they are pushing us and giving us the potential to strengthen our ideas and concepts to their full creative potential. It can be very nerve-racking to come to class knowing that your work will be heavily criticized but in the end this is what leads us to improve our concepts and gives us a better outcome so I do understand why they do it. Knowledge For the last week of this diary, I am
going look at some of the knowledge I gained from other students in this course. “We accept changes that happen slowly, that
we will never accept if they happen quickly” I believe this is true. I think change is something that takes awhile to get used to, especially big change. So if it happens slowly this gives us time to get our heads around the concept and get used to it, as opposed to if it happens quickly. Last year one of my friends was killed in a car accident. This was a massive shock and even today i don’t think I’ve really accepted it. It really changed my life, and I couldn’t believe that just like that a person who I was so close to could be gone forever. In week one, Lorraine taught me that everything and everyone happens for a reason "In essence, every one on this earth has a purpose, and every encounter with someone plays a vital role in your life" - Lorraine Villaret Communication and relationships are invaluable as everyone has a unique insight and perspective. The complexities and challenges that arise from these encounters make us who we are, and without these experiences you have less chance to grown yourself. Relationships create connections between oneself and other people. Sometimes these encounters may not feel as though they are significant, but in reality these encounters give you the chance to experience things that you may not have otherwise experienced. It is such a powerful and remarkable concept. - Scott Belsky - Scott Berkun - Scott Berkun - Rina Bernabei - Simon Sinek - Gail Sheehy Then earlier this year another friend’s dad was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. He passed away 3 months after his diagnosis. I still believe this is a relatively quick change, and to be honest i actually thought he would make it through, but in the last week things took a massive turn for the worst, and his last few days he was only kept alive by machines while his organs slowly began to fail. It is incredible how much can change in the course of a week. Even though I miss him terribly i have accepted the change, most likely because we all did have some time to wrap our heads around the fact that he had cancer. Change is always going to be difficult to deal with, but time can definitely make change more bearable and to a certain extent easier. I have definately learnt a lot through this course and from the other students it was hard to pick what to write about for the last week, but Lorraine's response in week 2 has definately left the most impact on me. This course has been an incredible experience and really opened my eyes to many new things in the world. I think it has also inspired me to do alot more with my life as I now believe I have more potential and also more confidence. Thankyou! xx
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