A couple of months back we had a strat session, coming up with concepts for the book. So how do you come up with new ideas? These are our suggestions:
1. Leave your computer, find a sunny/warm room and move.
2. Get lots of paper, post-it notes, and pens
3. Make a cup of coffee
4. Make sure there is snacks like nuts and seeds
5. Write down some topics
6. Brainstorm freely, and individually, write down all ideas that comes to mind - no editing!
7. Discuss the ideas
8. Choose the best ones
9. Expand on the chosen ideas
In a couple of hours we had a whole table of ideas, some totally irrelevant, some really good ones, and some not so good... After some refining, the book is now planned and stocked with the most original, relevant and innovative pages to get your creativity to flow.
Get yours at the summit!
You might have to sit tight for just a little bit longer, we are in the midst of updating our own brand and website so lots of changes coming soon...
If we were in London this is an exhibition we wouldn't miss, Henri Matisse cut outs at Tate Modern. To us, his bold use of colour and shape, the "naive" finishing and playfulness, has a combination of both African and Scandinavian feel. Maybe it's time to take out some colourful paper and scissors?
Exhibition runs until September 2014
Exhibition runs until September 2014
Made this tasty tomato salad with freshly grown herbs today for lunch, perfect even on a crisp day like today.
Finely chopped onion
Rocket, basil and coriander
Salt and pepper
Perfect with homemade bread
and lots of cheese
We made the end seem cinematic in our approach where one can follow the unfolding squares parting from the SAIS logo and watch them transform themselves into what finally becomes the iconic paper bird used for this years theme. The back pages when folded out show the transformation taking place and seamlessly brings you back to the very start of the book. The motivation for this came about as we wanted to leave the viewer craving with new eagerness to approach their thinking from a creative perspective and not let that thought slip away after closing the book.
Further play comes in the form of discovery, lifting your page to the light reveals hidden messages. Or treating the book as a flip book and flicking through the pages from back to front displays an animated quote "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts".
iPads are rad for taking notes but they don't fold as well as paper does. There's something about a tangible product that allows one to slowly drift into another place while the pen stroke turns from a letter into a doodle, and then the next big idea.
A place for making notes is essential to any conference, and vital to the Innovation Summit. By using a slightly off kilter notes section we encourage creativity, originality and that out of the box thinking.
We do things a little differently at K&i and yes it takes a little longer but what you end up with is a stronger finished product. Instead of creating a single speaker template and rolling it out, we opted for 4 and still managed to create room for movement beyond these templates.
So, your parents are coming for Christmas and you don't have a guest bed...and you also don't want one as it takes up too much space. What do you do? Well, first thought might be that they can sleep on the couch? (ooh that's a bit harsh!) And it might not be such a fair deal if you have a DIY pallet couch for them to rest their weary bones on...
So we thought why not make a fold out sofa bed?! We bought some foam, stitched some fabric together, eventually managed to get the foam inside the fabric (not as easy as it might sound, so don't give up!), made some cushions and there you are, our very own super simple DIY fold out sofa bed! (as so kindly modeled by Guinness below)
This is what we used:
Foam size: 137 x 15cm (x 3 pieces)
Fabric pieces: 160 x 138,5cm (x 3 pieces) and 66,5 x 16,5cm (x 6 pieces for the side walls)
Here's how we did it: