Creativity: Methods to Design Better Products and Services
How This Course Will Help Your Career
What You’ll Learn
How to carry out ideation sessions, from first idea to developed concept by using hands-on ideation methods, techniques and tools
How to plan and time-manage creative projects to guarantee successful outcomes
How to use divergent ideation methods to break out of habitual thinking and generate innovative and useful ideas
How to use convergent ideation methods to develop your ideas further and solve creative problems through analytical thinking
How to make space for creativity so the ideas come when you need them
How to build a creative team environment
The overall goal of this course is to help you design better products, services and experiences by helping you and your team develop innovative and useful solutions. You’ll learn a human-focused, creative design process.
We’re going to show you what creativity is as well as a wealth of ideation methods―both for generating new ideas and for developing your ideas further. You’ll learn skills and step-by-step methods you can use throughout the entire creative process. We’ll supply you with lots of templates and guides so by the end of the course you’ll have lots of hands-on methods you can use for your and your team’s ideation sessions. You’re also going to learn how to plan and time-manage a creative process effectively.
Most of us need to be creative in our work regardless of if we design user interfaces, write content for a website, work out appropriate workflows for an organization or program new algorithms for system backend. However, we all get those times when the creative step, which we so desperately need, simply does not come. That can seem scary—but trust us when we say that anyone can learn how to be creative on demand. This course will teach you ways to break the impasse of the empty page. We'll teach you methods which will help you find novel and useful solutions to a particular problem, be it in interaction design, graphics, code or something completely different. It’s not a magic creativity machine, but when you learn to put yourself in this creative mental state, new and exciting things will happen.
In the “Build Your Portfolio: Ideation Project”, you’ll find a series of practical exercises which together form a complete ideation project so you can get your hands dirty right away. If you want to complete these optional exercises, you will get hands-on experience with the methods you learn and in the process you’ll create a case study for your portfolio which you can show your future employer or freelance customers.
Your instructor is Alan Dix. He’s a creativity expert, professor and co-author of the most popular and impactful textbook in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Alan has worked with creativity for the last 30+ years, and he’ll teach you his favorite techniques as well as show you how to make room for creativity in your everyday work and life.
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Is This Course Right for You?
This is a beginner-level course suitable for anyone who wants to unleash their creativity by mastering the powerful creativity techniques and tools. If you’re already seasoned at ideation, the tools and techniques will imbue your ideation sessions and your everyday creative practice with new energy. This course is particularly valuable for:
- UX, UI and graphic designers interested in gaining a new creative approach to solving problems and generating solutions that work
- Project managers who want to enable their team to excel at generating innovative solutions
- Stakeholders who are keen to get involved in and manage the creative process of developing a new product or service
- Software engineers interested in playing a part in idea generation and the design process
- Entrepreneurs looking to develop innovative products that fit the market and users’ lives
- Anyone who is interested in a creative problem-solving approach that can be applied to all types of problems
Learn and Work with a Global Community of Designers
When you take part in this course, you’ll join a global community and work together to improve your skills and career opportunities. Connect with helpful peers and make friends with like-minded individuals as you push deeper into the exciting and booming industry of creativity and design. You will have the opportunity to share ideas, learn from your fellow course participants and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.
Lessons in This Course
- Each week, one lesson becomes available.
- There’s no time limit to finish a course. Lessons have no deadlines.
- Estimated learning time: 18 hours 12 mins spread over 5 weeks.
Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction
Lesson 1: What is Creativity and How do you Think Outside of the Box with Divergent Thinking?
Lesson 2: Convergence: How to Uncover Knowledge and Be Creative Through Analytical Thinking
Lesson 3: How to Nurture Your Own Creativity and Build a Creative Team Environment
Lesson 4: How to Plan and Time-Manage Creative Projects to Guarantee Successful Outcomes
Lesson 5: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up
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