3 Idea Generating Methods Better than Brainstorming
While a common approach to generating ideas, brainstorming can only generate so many ideas. Other methods might lead to deeper investigation, and create higher quality solutions Provocation Creative Technique The creative provocation method fires up my creative problem-solving. In this method, you’re not simply brainstorming. Instead, you’re challenging the problem in a completely new manner.…
Defining Problems with Point of View Statements
Developing a positive user experience for users should be the goal of every designer. However, before jumping into designing a solution for a user, one first has to define the problem. Defining a user’s problem can be challenging. One issue for one user might not be the same as another user, and designing a one-sized…
Design Thinking and Reducing Graduate Burnout
Quinnipiac University’s Interactive Media Master’s program offers many opportunities for students, but leaves room for more. I’m in my final semester at Quinnipiac University’s Master of Interactive Media program, and to develop design thinking skills, we examined possible problems students encounter in the program. I recently had a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Stephanie, a…
Why are so many school district websites terribly designed?
I’m a full time high school teacher, and work in a school that’s over a hundred years old. While our school has lots of unique strengths, our district website We’ve all attended a Professional Development session before and had speakers tell educators that developing a class website can improve communication with parents and stakeholders. Feeling…
Planning with Backcasting
Suppose you’ve ever watched the evening news. In that case, you might have noticed that one of the most popular local television segments includes the weather forecast, a prediction of what weather will look like at a given time. Instead of forecasting and predicting the future, I’d like to introduce you to the concept of…
Celebrating Failure with Iterative Design
Do you remember the first time you rode a bicycle? Here’s a scenario, let’s say you tried to ride your bike nine times but kept falling off. However, on the tenth try, you maintain your balance and ride the bike down the street. A teacher grades your experience in this scenario: one out of ten…
‘Restart 2020’ Accepted to Three Film Festivals
Our documentary film ‘Restart 2020‘ travels to New England! The SENE Film Festival, 11th Arlington International Film Festival, and New Haven International Film Festival accepted ‘Restart 20’ in this year’s upcoming film festivals. ‘Restart 2020’ premieres in Rhode Island on Thursday, October 13, 2021at the SENE Film Festival. The festival takes place in person at…
Digital Mapping the Southcoast’s Restaurants
With so many wonderful places to eat and drink in the Southcoast, digital mapping helps users locate the recommended places to visit.