Start: Spark Your Design Creativity

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SPARK: YOUR DESIGN CREATIVITY

Project Profile:

Have you ever thought about what kind of toothbrush would be good for a tyrannosaurus rex? And would the toothbrush used by the mighty t-rex be different than a stegosaurus? What if you were asked to make a drinking glass? Could you make it out of wood? How about cardboard—or, better yet, paper? Most likely, you haven’t thought about these questions often unless you are a designer, or a time traveling paleontologist.

In Spark Corps’ newest project, we make a point to ask these questions and more in an effort to bring design methodology and thinking to children. As they grow up, many children are only given exposure to the fine arts as form of creativity, and those who pursue design as a career will tell you that they didn’t consider design until college or later. Spark Corps wants to turn that notion on its head by exposing design and its possibilities to children in the form of an activity book. The current market is in no short supply of arts and crafts books, but what about design books?

Our starting point is an internal booklet used at an event earlier in the year called Camp Spark. Roughly 10 pages in length, it goes through activities ranging from color theory to making a logo. We are taking this resource, flipping it, building it, shredding it and constructing it into a fully formed book. Our hope is that the book will be published and sold as a fundraising tool for future Spark Corps initiatives.

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Deliverables:

  • Redesign and expand on an existing design education booklet that can be published and sold to fund the social good efforts of Spark Corps
  • Create content that will appeal to children ages 8-12 who exhibit a range of competencies and aptitudes
  • Develop content that spans the design process covering research, fabrication, and testing as well as covering design history

Success Measures:

  • A final product that engages children within the 8-12 age range and makes them want to learn about and explore design
  • The book introduces children to the field of design as a viable and worthy career
  • The end product is presented in a manner that can be sent directly to a publisher for manufacturing
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