While this is the first deliverable in the process and we are just getting started, it is critical because your initial exploration and ideas are the foundation for your team's direction throughout the entire term! Shortcuts now really do lead to stress and disappointment later.
The ideas you generate will be pooled with ideas from your teammates, as well as those proposed by potential clients at the idea fair. This idea generation process will ultimately lead to the concepts that your section proposes at the 3-ideas milestone.
Once you have your observations, independently generate a list of wide-ranging ideas and simple 'doodle' sketches or annotations in your design notebook. Draw upon your observation notes and other life experiences. You may want to printout the creativity strategy cheat-sheet to help with the ideation.
You should come up with a minimum of 20 ideas. In this case quantity really does matter, so having many more is much better. Make it a fun challenge for yourself to see how many ideas you can generate. Once you have reached your limit, pick your top 5 using an idea selection method of your choice. All top 5 ideas that you choose should be ones that you would be happy pursuing over the rest of the term with your team.
Consider the thoughtfulness of the ideas and the breadth of what you are proposing—provide a range of project directions. Also, please be sure to do some preliminary research to help ensure that your top 5 ideas are technically feasible, and that something exactly like it is not already on the market. Minimally, you must perform a web search. If an identical product or better approach exists, please do not include the idea in your short list.
Refine your top 5 ideas:
Please make sure that your 5 idea drawings are understandable from at least 10 feet—you will be pinning them up in your lab meeting. You might review the sketching tutorials or attend the sketching tutorial on Friday afternoon (September 8).
Grading and submission process
Please make sure that your name is on each sketch, and that the intended user and need value proposition for each idea is clearly annotated.
Make photocopies of your final 5 sketches before the start of lab—the lab schedule is tight so there is not time to make copies during your team meeting. You should make two copies of each sketch before your lab/team meeting—one to give to your instructor for grading, and one for pinning up in lab.
One set of photocopies will be collected for grading at the end of your first lab. The list of ideas generated in your notebook will also be checked by your instructor during the first design notebook review. The thoughtfulness of your ideas, originality, diversity, and clarity of communication will be used as grading criteria.
There is a copy machine in the 2.009 computer area within Pappalardo lab. You can also make copies at Copy Tech, which is directly across the hall from the lab.