Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Exhibit Design Inspiration: Solving Problems With Materials

Several people sent me the TED talk (embedded above or available here) by Tom Wujek talking about a design challenge for teams of four people that involves solving a "simple" problem with inexpensive materials.

I love how such a simple challenge can generate so many interesting results (including the interplay between group members.)

ExhibiTricks readers may already know of my interest in different approaches toward prototyping  --- I think the building challenge shown in this TED video is another great example of "prototypical thinking" --- trying out design ideas quickly, with familiar materials.


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  1. Betsy Loring; EcoTariumJune 2, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    To see these same kinds of prototype skill building team challenges for kids, check out Destination Imagination (formerly Odyssey of the Mind. Hands-on challenges, word challenges and more. DI is where the future exhibit prototypers are born.

    Betsy Loring

  2. Great post and I second Betsy's comment on DI/OM. We coached a team for five years and the kids developed amazing skills at prototyping. Along the way, so did we. They have come in very handy since we began developing and fabrication exhibits.