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How to Enhance Your Design with a Creative Spark

By Maria Lorena Lehman — Get more articles like this sent to your email HERE.

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How often do you capture a "creative spark"? The photograph above depicts a creative spark I had while formulating the concept for my next philosophical-design project. (It is a diagrammatic light study that I am now developing further by using 3D computer visualization techniques.) As you can see, this initial physical model is a quick handmade prototype to help yield proof of concept: built to see if this creative spark has depth for further development. The key when modeling a creative spark is to create an MVM, a Minimum Viable Model, that quickly tests your creative spark.

The purpose of capturing your creative sparks in this way is to harness your most creative lateral thinking ideas. Often, these ideas do not receive the attention they deserve because many presume they are too unrelated or undeveloped to pursue or integrate within the context of a more complex design project. Yet, it is within these creative sparks where your best ideas can be found – once captured and analyzed. This is why I now invite you to pursue your own creative sparks through rapid prototyping as a way to "see" your initial design vision more deeply and earlier in the design process. You can use any tool for this. The key is to get that creative spark into tangible form. By creating a system by which to quickly capture your creative sparks, you will find significant improvement within your design process decision-making and project results. Give it a try.

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Maria Lorena Lehman is a multi award-winning visionary author, designer, and educator from the United States. Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Tech and a Master in Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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