IDSE302 – Position Diagram: Describe the relationship between creativity, knowledge, and strategy.

As always, the readings were the inspiration for tonight’s post.  I was particularly affected by Don Schon’s writings around reflective “practitioning”, as well as Cross, who both indicate that a designerly problem solving process is both reflective and iterative in nature.

The relationship between knowledge, strategy, and creativity is a fluid one, which is hard to demonstrate in a static 2 dimension artifact – however try I must!  To me, creativity is really a combination of intuitioned problem framing (what “feels” like the right way to look at a problem), verbal provocation, and making/modeling.  These things constantly are happening inside my head as I work toward ill defined problem solution “jousts” around our Care Share product.  While I may have many creative ideas, that actual strategy that I choose to employ is first cleared by my existing knowledge – of what worked before, or what definitely did not work.  Creative strategies then must go through a filter of logic at some point.

After trying it out, I have to review what I’ve done and see if it “worked” which for me, is a rough sense of it.  As the sensemaking article explains, generally in design we are looking to understand if the solution leaves the problem at least in a more desired state then before; always with clues on how to proceed in subsequent iterations.