This is an exercise I do with students in my university course “Idea Engineering”. Its goal is to demonstrate how a well-chosen change of perspective can make generating new ideas very easy indeed.
Suppose we have been given the task of coming up with an idea for a simple computer game. By “simple”, I mean the kind that is created for a mobile device or for Facebook.
The script for the idea generation consists of three steps:
- Think of an interesting adjective.
- Who or what has this property?
- What does he/she/it want to achieve?
Your answers to questions 2. and 3. are your idea for a computer game!
Here are three examples:
- A volcano,