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Ideation Techniques: Introductory Videos
Updated: 6/30/2020 4:27 PM by Michael Johnson
Description
Dr. Kim Bigelow and Dr. Ken Bloemer of the University of Dayton developed this series of short videos and accompanying course material to introduce opportunity recognition and ideation techniques that can supercharge the early stages of the design process.

The videos and supplemental materials detail how you can use painstorming for opportunity recognition and bisociation and biomimicry to augment traditional brainstorming to dramatically increase the quality and quantity of potential design solutions for project teams.
Learning Objectives
  • Students will be able to identify hidden opportunities in their everyday world that are ripe for innovative solutions.
  • Students will be able to increase the number of ideas generated over traditional brainstorming by at least 300%.
  • Students will be able to significantly increase the novelty and uniqueness of ideas generated, potentially generating breakthrough ideas.
Instructor Tips
Dr. Kim Bigelow, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dayton, developed the attached "Instructor Guide and Curriculum Ideas" for using the videos.
Curiosity
  • Demonstrate constant curiosity about our changing world
Connections
  • Integrate information from many sources to gain insight
Creating Value
  • Identify unexpected opportunities to create extraordinary value
Opportunity
  • Identify Opportunity
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Description
Drs. Kim Bigelow and Ken Bloemer produced this short Bisociation video as an introductory idea generation (ideation) technique where connections are made between the ideation topic (e.g., ideas for an improved stethoscope) and a random stimulus (e.g., a smartphone).

Also included are design prompts, in class activities and homework assignments. These materials are provided as individual documents or combined in the ALL PDFs file.
Title Type Ext Date Size
Bisociation Idea Generation Video .mp4 11/27/2017 350.7 MB
Bisociation ALL PDFs.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 2.5 MB
In Class Activity 1 - A Chance to Practice.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 398.1 KB
In Class Activity 2- Bisociation.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 1.3 MB
In Class Activity 3- Bisociation.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 199.6 KB
Homework 1 Packet_A Chance to Practice.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 395 KB
Homework 2 Packet_A Chance to Practice.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 253.7 KB
Design Prompts.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 204.1 KB
Description
Drs. Kim Bigelow and Ken Bloemer produced this short "Painstorming" video to introduce this opportunity recognition process. In short, a process is observed and "pains" (e.g., hassles, inconveniences, non-value added activities) are identified for potential elimination by superior product/process design.

Also included are design prompts, in class activities and homework assignments. These materials are provided as individual documents or combined in the ALL PDFs file.
Title Type Ext Date Size
Painstorming for Opportunity Recognition Video .mp4 11/27/2017 430.9 MB
Painstorming ALL PDFs.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 4.3 MB
In Class Assignment 1 - Extending Video Mr Coffee to Keurig.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 315.3 KB
In Class Activity 2 - Going Backwards_Pains That Led to New Technologies.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 310 KB
In Class Activity 2 - Accompanying Powerpoint for Activity.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 698.1 KB
In Class Activity 3 - Levels of Painstorming_Camping Out Example.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 272.5 KB
In Class Activity 3 - Accompanying Powerpoint for Activity_Camping Out.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 2 MB
In Class Activity 3 - To Accompany Activity - Camping Video.MOV Activity / Handout .mov 10/24/2018 755 MB
Homework 1 Packet_A Chance to Practice.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 311.9 KB
Homework Assignment 2 - Practicing the Photo Guided Process.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 392.6 KB
Design Prompts for Course Projects.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 281 KB
Description
Drs. Kim Bigelow and Ken Bloemer produced this short Biomimicry video as an introductory idea generation (ideation) technique where the natural world is studied to spark ideas for more efficient and sustainable products and services.

Also included are design prompts, in class activities and homework assignments. These materials are provided as individual documents or combined in the ALL PDFs file.
Title Type Ext Date Size
Biomimicry - Looking to Nature for Susta Video .mp4 11/27/2017 467.3 MB
Biomimicry ALL PDFs.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 1.2 MB
Biomimicry - In Class Activity 1 - A Chance to Practice.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 251 KB
Biomimicry - In Class Activity 2 - Application.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 217.5 KB
Biomimicry - In Class Activity 3 - Animal Inspiration.pdf Activity / Handout .pdf 10/24/2018 196.7 KB
Biomimicry - Homework 1 Packet_A Chance to Practice.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 199.8 KB
Biomimicry - Homework 2 - Animals.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 300.7 KB
Biomimicry - 3 Design Prompts.pdf Other .pdf 10/24/2018 197.8 KB
Description
This guide contains follow-up classroom activities, assignments, and discussions to accompany the Ideation Techniques Video Series.
Title Type Ext Date Size
Instructor Guide & Curriculum Ideas - Ideation Video Series.pdf Instructor Notes .pdf 11/28/2017 609.6 KB