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Creativity in Cooking

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 by Victor Ondego

The goal of our “Creativity in Cooking” project was to analyze the creative design process that people employ while cooking, given some constraints on ingredients and time while also asked to express their personality from some aspect of the cooking process, ingredient choice or presentation.

Group members (Supraja Narasimhan, Victor Ondego and Adriana Fuentes)

Pictionary fun

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2010 by Victor Ondego

I am always fascinated with the different ways in which different people think about and visualize different words, objects, concepts, etc. I always wonder how much of that is background influenced, culturally influenced, gender influenced or even present environment influenced. It was interesting to me to see how easy some of the concepts were to decipher, given the illustrations presented by the people drawing, while others were very difficult. I also noticed that some of my classmates had the opposite experience to mine. The illustrations that I thought were fairly easy to decipher were not necessarily the ones that they felt the same way about. I think it would be interesting to come up with a way to describe the way people think about or visualize different concepts across different disciplines as well, for example Architects versus Biologists or so, and see if any kind of a unifying theme of thought processes exists.

Readings

Posted in 05.Creativity and Design on February 14, 2010 by Victor Ondego

Howard Gardner – “The Creators’ Patterns”

Argument for:

I agree with Gardner about creativity being fostered and facilitated by traversing disciplinary lines. While writing software, it was always very refreshing to see a venture come to life after arguing back and forth with a program or project manager and insisting that it could not be done within the existent space. Through these experiences I came to develop an appreciation for incorporating resources across a wide array of disciplines when trying to tackle a novel problem, for example.

Omer Atkin and Chengtah Lin – “Design Protocol Data and Novel Design Decisions”

Argument against:

I think that when one is put in a situation where they need to verbalize a particular point, issue or process, they are consciously and continuously thinking about and analyzing what they are saying. From this biased point of view, I do not think that speech and verbalization is only echoing other aspects of the design process.

Ellen Yi-Luen Do and Mark D Gross – “Environments for Creativity – A Lab for Making Things”

Questions:

Do we really tend to be less creative when there is a specific problem, goal and constraints at hand? If so, what is being used to precisely measure creativity and decide whether one is more or less creative?