Monthly Archives: May 2012

Vernissage week


Bonjour, Mesdames et Messieurs,

Vernissage week is here and everyone is doing their share of making it an exciting exposition. Just to give you a sneak peek, the class is in the process of finalizing its end of quarter presentation. This year will be an interesting one for the SCAD Lacoste campus because, our end products won’t be typically displayed like that of the other departments display their work.

Our classroom, “Studio 1” will be transformed into an environment of total immersion and engagement, with smells, tastes and sounds that are representative of what we as a class experienced during our cultural probes and field trips. We are going to entice the senses of those who visit our display – avec plaisir!

Everyone has been busy ensuring that good quality work is presented in our display. We encourage you to continue checking in to see our progress. The Exposition will be on May 25 and May 26, from 3 to 7 pm. The Vernissage reception will be on May 26 from 5 to 7 pm.

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Debriefing Creativity Probe

After we had done the three creativity probe activities, play with food, building chateau, and the speech bubbles, beside the two questionnaires, the team decided to work with the data we got. First is to let the selected students focus on their upcoming finals.

Besides, the amount of work that needs to be done by the end of the quarter and presented in the vernissage.


The main benefit of the creativity probe was to see how the surrounding environment affects creativity in people and how it can facilitated.

We affinitized and analyzed the students’ work in two different methods. First, contrasted their work with each other’s, and the level of their different work each student had done. We all agreed that creativity is immeasurable.

Furthermore, our team can’t exactly tell how creativity is being facilitated in Lacoste by the activities the students had done. Due to limited time in Lacoste, we could not analyze more varieties of students’ work.

Eventually, after we distributed the speech bubble activity, we only received from one student. This gave us the perception that students were busy in their own classes work.

Countdown to Vernissage!

As crazy as it sounds, the quarter is coming to a close and we have been busy planning for the upcoming Vernissage (an exposition of work done by the students).There are a couple projects in the works that we can’t wait to share with everyone when we’re done. But just to give you all a sneak peek, this week we are going through all the Napkin Sketch and Creativity Probe results, putting together a Creativity book, and working on our version of a Process book. And that’s just the beginning!

For the Creativity book we went through all the pictures that we had been collecting as a class. We selected and catalogued each picture according to which category it fell under: push and pull, look and see, think and do, touch and feel, and enjoy. Using these pictures we created a book that explains and shows how we see and define creativity.


We’ve also been discussing how to show and document our process in an interesting way that can also facilitate creative thinking. It was an extensive process, but we finally settled on how we want to effectively share what our class has been working on while here in Lacoste.


We wanted to use what we have been doing with the Napkin Sketch and Creativity Probe as a guide or toolkit on how one can become more creative.



To see our progress check back with us, we’ll have another update soon!

Au revoir, for now, Napkin Sketch

Due to a weening lack of enthusiasm in the students, the team discontinued Napkin Sketch for the remainder of the quarter. The exercise may be over, but we still have much to learn from what has occurred. The team held a debriefing session to discuss breakdowns, insights and observations related to the Napkin Sketch in Lacoste.

The original goal of the Napkin Sketch was to find a way to measure creativity. We wanted to know, did creativity change while in Lacoste? Did it increase or decrease? Was this due to the environment, the exercise? We began the Napkin Sketch with all of these questions in mind.

With each Napkin Sketch, we established metrics for evaluation, measured quantifiable data, categorized the responses and affinitized responses based on the Creativity Wall.

So what did all of it mean? In the end, we came to a few conclusions…

It is very difficult to maintain enthusiasm within a group of volunteers. The settings in which we presented the Napkin Sketches had a huge impact on the results. In the future, we will stay away from settings that feel academic and forced.

The original spirit of the Napkin Sketch was fun and whimsical, this spirit needs to be preserved in order for the Napkin Sketch to succeed.

In the beginning, our prompts gave less room for interpretation, toward the end of the exercises, prompts became open, one possible reason that we received fewer duplicates.

There were no appreciable patterns or trends for the participants who participated in all instances of the Napkin Sketch.

We questioned whether or not changes in creativity could be measured either quantifiably or quantitatively.

We realized that creativity is such a broad concept that it is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to evaluate what may or may not be creative for a given individual.

If we have fun with the exercise, the students will have fun as well. Enthusiasm is an essential element in the success of the Napkin Sketch.