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很多人問我我的innovation/creativity workshop真的有用嗎?一群人拿著筆拿著便利貼把牆面都貼滿就真的會找到那個創意點子,那個創新產品的雛形嗎?我說破了嘴,沒有親自來嚐一下的人真的很難相信那和坐在會議室裡你一言我一句到底有說大的差別。這天看到一篇去年關於史丹佛設計學院d.school促進創意方式的報導,和我平常workshop的形式頗有雷同,在此借用史丹佛設計學院D School的名氣讓大家對這種workshop有更多的了解與信心。以下是我翻譯的文章,後附原文及其連結,對原英文報導有興趣的,可以參考。

要擁有在美國史丹佛大學那些頂尖工程師的思考頭腦,就拿起一把管Pipe Cleaners,便利貼和和一些王子麵,把家具桌椅推到一旁,準備好開始在牆上,地板上寫字畫畫吧。

這是發生在史丹佛大學設計學院(d.school)2009年在校園新建的建築裡。建築裡面混合了倉庫和幼兒園的教室,學生在白板牆,甚至白板地板上塗鴉。他們利用便利貼腦力激盪了數百個點子並利用pipe cleaners設計出產品原型。一些學生替王子麵找出了新的用途 – 他們不是在玩,這是課堂中實際指派的功課。

身為d.school創建者,也同是機械工程教授的大衛凱利說,“我們將這個空間設計的比大部分你在校園內看到的建築物都不高貴,因為我們希望這裡給人的感覺是一個學生和教職員工可以得到樂趣和舒適的空間。就像一個客廳,一個你可以潑灑油漆在地板上的客廳。”

看到史丹佛大學設計學院(d.school)也用這樣的方式在教導那些頂尖工程師思考的例子,是否對innovation workshop有一種躍躍欲試的感覺?如果還有問題,歡迎一起討論。

Orginal Article:
Stanford’s design school promotes creativity

Kimmy Wu attaches Post-it notes with ideas for projects to a whiteboard in the design school class. Credit: Photos by Michael Macor / The Chronicle

To think like the brightest engineering minds at Stanford University, grab some pipe cleaners, Post-it notes and a cup of ramen noodles. Push the furniture out of the way, and get ready to write on walls – and floors.

That’s what’s happening at Stanford’s 6-year-old Hasso Plattner Institute for Design – the d.school – which christened its new building on campus last spring. Inside, it’s a cross between warehouse and kindergarten classroom. Students scribble on whiteboard walls, and even whiteboard floors. They brainstorm on hundreds of Post-it notes and design product prototypes out of pipe cleaners. Some are devising new uses for ramen noodles – an actual class assignment.

“We designed this space to be less precious than most buildings you’ll see on campus,” said David Kelley, founder of the d.school and professor of mechanical engineering. “We want it to feel like a place where students and faculty can have fun and be comfortable – like a living room. A living room where you can spill paint on the floor.”

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