January 20, 2005

Harvey Cards

Every once and a while I like to look at these to remind myself exactly how to be creative. While the suggested thoughts are intended for design brainstorming, they can tranfer to anything. They provide a basic list of ways to challenge an idea. I am especially interested in this process. Recently the book "Rapid Viz" was suggested to me. The book and cards hint toward a process of breaking the world down, and rebuilding it better. The dream is to have it all be second nature. I am curious about a person's non-instinct to redesign. Perhaps, as the world deteriorates people begin to develope a new sense of rebuilding. When the objects around us don't directly hurt us, how do we realize better ways of building them?



At 11:35 AM, Blogger Matthew said...

Hey Jake, these Harvey Cards are great, they can be used for things other than design, like music or just interaction with people. If you read the reviews for the Rapid Viz at Amazon it's seems pretty hard to handle with beginner's knowledge. I don't know, maybe it would be good for you since you understand some pretty insane design fundamentals and you are great at presenting them in a smart concise paragraph format.
This post reminded me of a class my friend was taking at Hampshire "Deconstructing the Popular." Described on the class wesbite as " What do we mean when we say "popular culture"? In addition, how do we go about"deconstructing" it? In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will attempt to answer these questions by analyzing an array of popular cultural expressions, such as music, cinema, theater, performance art, dance, television, sport and radio."
I recently, as in yesterday attended a design show in the art gallery space at Hampshire, it included many variations on the bicycle, blacksmithing stuff ( like doors, forks, and hooks) and circuit bended toys which make crazy sounds like a synthesizer. I talked to a Umass grad who had taken most of his design courses at Hampshire. He said it's design facilities are not amazing but the way the school works leaves you striving for perfection in your work. You are allowed to construct at your own pace and in your own building while taking workshops which introduce new techniques and machine skills. I have a friend who has been constructing his own bike frame for the past two years, I have another friend who makes russian constructivism style sculptures out of steel that are the size of rooms. Some pretty cool stuff happens when people get off there asses.
On a final note, I think Hampshire would be an easy school to get into and then figure yourself out, or not and then transfer out. I go back and forth everyday if I like this place. It certainly is unique and it's possibilities are endless but I've talked to too many upper classmen who feel that they have not learned enough in their time here. Yet I know it's all about how you apply yourself and self- discipline. ehhh yealcke af
this is a long post I don't know why it's so long... but um my final Bolivian Music performance is tonight and I'm excited for it to be over. I might go to my friend's cabin in Vermont this weekend and then stop by Buxton on Sunday to see RASHOMAN!!!!!

At 8:38 PM, Blogger T said...

Hmm. If you like the Harvey Cards, you might spend some time checking out Altshuller's 40 principles for innovation. Check the web for Triz resources. It's an interesting method for fostering creativity and innovation not strictly limited to design.

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget Obliques Strategies by Brian Eno (available in various versions around the net).

The big thing for me about creativity is doing the work, so I also recommend _The War of Art_ about overcoming resistance and procrastination.

Do you have a del.icio.us login? I'd like to follow your bookmark trail.


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