With Just Cardboard, Creative Convergences Can Coalesce
When disperse ideas need to be made real, it’s the time for creative convergence, but how? Here’s one of many ways.
In the example of ” the card board computer ” of Ehn and Kyng a matchbox represented a mouse, a cardboard box was a laser printer and a piece of paper taped to the wall was a computer screen and as detailed in Cardboard Computers: Mocking-it-up or Hands-on the Future and which created rapid creation, discussion, modification and conclusions took place ( and separate from an empathy focused, design thinking system ) which in many cases does not allow for almost instant movement from possible thought to ” workable ” futures but rather where consensus can leads.
A constantly evolving ( and in the hands of skilled designers ) mechanism to increase discussion and nonlinear generativeness might mean conversational systems with interdependent and addressable ( by text or voice or other input ) toolsets ( Ai ) means new integrated mechanisms ( in the same way the T-Splines system connected points on a 3D modeling systems curves for advanced surface manipulation ) will allow for conceptual idea stretching and pulling to take place and in the very near future. In this way designer’s contribution[s] ( or via an Ai augmented system) can challenge how scientist[s] with tacit and explicit capability can move research forward to where designers have an ability to work with and can re-frame representations of what might be possible thus providing ( and as seen in Design Inquiry Tacit Knowledge and Invention ) a new and valuable toolset for change is possible.
The coming ( but realistically here already ) Ai enabled environments for not only designers ( but soon to be engineers and finance professionals ) means that the ways that we investigate, pre-test and mock-up ( read work with that which isn’t even real yet ) systems and possibilities is rapidly evolving at an incredible pace. Now the only question is how fast can designers, engineers and finance professionals adopt these systems in order to usher in the next generations of products and services which have yet to be captured.