Technology as creative expression


Nice job today in class with practicing creative expression! Across both sections, literally hundreds of new ideas — some simple and practical, others audacious and out there — emerged into the world. Wow.

Imagine what you can do in your groups with a bit more time??

The Humble Paperclip

I wanted to share a short video clip about that little object known as the paper clip:

Certainly the people who invented the paper clip (many varieties, even) had to take a creative leap to see the potential for technological innovation in a simple piece of straight wire…

…and then convince other people that they had a brilliant idea…then manufacture it…market it… all of which required more creativity.

What we Accomplished Today

Remember what we discussed about letting go of self-doubt and worry of being judged by others. In fact, you’ll probably see a lot of similarities between what we did today and this video from TED of Tim Brown at IDEO:

But why is creativity so difficult? Well…

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers [emphasis added]

We’ll talk more about Robinson and his views on creativity this semester. Sarah already posted one of his talks (with animation!) on her blog. Check it out!

Discussion Prompt

So what do you think about this idea of technology as creative expression that we talked about today? In what ways does a technological innovation reflect its designer(s)? What leaps of creativity do you do to come up with innovative ideas to problems you experience?

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3 Responses to Technology as creative expression

  1. Katie Banko says:

    Technological innovation reflects its designer, by how far they are willing to create something new. It is all about opening your mind and letting yourself be creative, so that you can come up with an idea.Even though it may be out there, but that is the chance you have to take when creating something new! The designer can not be scared of what others may say to them, because they are taking a chance and inventing something new. The steps I take when trying to come up with creative ideas is brainstorming by myself, then bouncing idea to people to gather their opinions. Then I take their opinions and formula more ideas about how my ideas may work out better.

    • Nice response, Katie. Thanks! You captured all the key points.

  2. Sarah Laurie says:

    I agree with what Katie said about how technological innovation reflects the designer through how far they are willing to create something new. If people are willing to create something new then they must also be willing to stand up for those ideas. A creator can not be scared of what people think otherwise we would never have inventions like the light bulb. Someone might have said to Edison that he was crazy for coming up with the idea when they already had candlelight. Thank goodness Edison kept driving forward with his ideas because look how far we have come. When I face certain problem coming up with solutions to those problems is half the battle. Drawing out plans on paper and discussing those ideas with others is a way that I brainstorm. Other opinions matter to me because they symbolize a way of integrating other thoughts into my solutions that I wasn’t able to come up with myself.

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