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Convivial creativity

The following data has been synthesized from the book Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design, a book by Elizabeth B.-N. Sanders, Liz Sanders, and Pieter Jan Stappers.

The book talks about methods, tools, and techniques to tweak our thinking processes. It believes in the concept of participatory design, that means as a designer we maintain a constant collaboration with the people we are designing for. We have their input at each stage of the design process that is followed and we facilitate them to design with us. It also promotes critical thinking that makes us think and question things around us.

Creativity can also be looked at from the point of view of problem-solving wherein we can focus on how we create things that are ‘new and appropriate’. This can be achieved by having a balanced state of mind which is influenced by the six senses that are: Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning.

Types of creativity: Historically creative: prodigies, genius. Psychologically creative: everyday thinking and decisions.

4 levels of everyday creativity:

How do we facilitate the growth and this kind of creativity that comes from within our thought? To assume, let’s say for a layman, creativity is just an act of doing. Derived from the word ‘create’ creativity may or may not mean to just make something or do something.

  • Doing: to carry out a task

  • Adapting: to tweak things according to the context

  • Making: to assert an ability or a skill

  • Creating: express my ability, your brainchild

There are multiple things to keep in mind while we are dealing with this area:

  • All people are creative

  • All people have dreams

  • People will fill in what is unseen and unbiased based on their own experiences and imagination

  • They will project their needs onto ambiguous stimuli because they are driven to make meaning.

  • Individual Creativity in one’s system highly depends on the activity and emotion


Disclaimer: This blog post was originally published on [] in 2019 as part of a collaborative group project involving four members. The intellectual input for this blog is a result of collective effort, and the rights to the content belong to all members of the group.

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