Project 2-3 : Speculative Scenarios and More Probes

New Probes

A card to help you record your ideas


When you get a new idea, take a photo to record it. People record the things happening around, the scene around, the people, etc.


A card to record the stucked moment

When you are stuck on generating ideas, record it on this card.


A gift to help you become creative.

This is a box containing many kinds of things which could help generate new ideas. You can try those triggers, and record your changes and feelings after using them.


Probe #1 Good idea collection


Recording creativity moment by card

Tools: Card, bottles, pen

Record target: Creativity moment

Card Content: describe your idea, the degree of creativity, when, where, with whom (or alone), what are you doing now

Rule: People write down their creativity information on the cards, and put the card roll into the bottle.


Probe #2 Inspiration Kits


Inspiration kits help you inspire creativity

Tools: box, inspiration kits, recording notes, pen

Rule: Each inspiration kit includes different kinds of stuff, like a leaf, a picture, a LED light, and something can inspire creativity. When people are not creative, just open up a kit, and record the feelings or idea at that time.


Deploy Probes

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Group #1

Participant: Weiwei

Gender: female

Major: graphic design

Probe #1

Her creativity was created when she was doing homework, and the location was at home. Usually, she browsing Behance or Pinterest to see pictures and draw lots of sketches to inspire creativity.

Probe #2

She draws 20 sketches, the first 15 sketches will be very inspiring, but the sixteenth will be stuck and the inspiration will disappear. Board and upset. She really wants to watch TV and ask classmates.

Interview after testing

She said she had the most creative time is evening,  the quiet environment allowed her to concentrate.

Group #2

Participant: Hanna

Gender: female

Major: interaction design

Probe #1: She usually thinks creatively in school, the time is not fixed, the content of originality includes coding and thinking about probes.

Probe #2: Her creativity is stuck because of thinking probes as well. So he really wants to make more creative probes.

Group #3

Participant: Timon

Gender: female

Major: interaction design

Probe #1: She always stuck on creating ideas recently. However, she thinks she could always generate some good ideas when she gives some advice to others.

Probe #2: When she stuck, she likes to talk with others to find some ideas. Also, she would like to search some inspirations on Instagram, PinterestBrainstorming is another good method for her to generate new ideas. However, when she feels her brain is really stuck and frozen, she wants to have some alcohol, sleep, or something relaxed.


Scenario #1

Users upload a topic, artificial intelligence in the App will push a lot of related inspiration to users.



Scenario #2

Living creative store. A shop only has one window. There are many people in the store to provide the creativity. Users write topics that need creativity on the cards and pass them in. After half an hour, someone will send out a creative kit about this topic.


Scenario #3

Detect your creativity easily. A brainwave reader which could detect your real creative time and record the time to help you generate new ideas. Users don’t have to do a lot of works, instead, go out for fun and relax. Generate the ideas automatically.


Scenario #4

This is a social media to let other people help the user generate good ideas. Users could set a topic, and wait for the comments. Users could provide ideas for each other, and could like or dislike other’s idea.



Scenario #5

Let people comment like or dislike anywhere. If the public space could let people stick the sticks around any artworks, design projects. People could show if s/he likes or doesn’t like the artwork or project.



Example #1

MMPI (Self-Portait in Yellow) – 1996 – Tony Oursler


Walking through the center of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s main level galleries, visitors often become aware of something out of place: a single, monotone voice echoing faintly through the spacious galleries. Those curious enough to follow the noise to its source will stumble upon an unexpected scene. Just around the corner from the central staircase, a small cloth doll lies on the museum floor, a bright yellow folding chair leaning precariously against its head. Projected onto the doll’s blank head is the expressionless face of an adult man, speaking a series of short phrases slowly and deliberately.

“Sometimes I just don’t get the jokes.”
“I get angry quickly, and let it go just as fast.”
“I have few regrets.”
“I’m a difficult person to get close to.”
“I like to watch television.”
“I would be much better off, if not for a family member.”
“I am a leader, not a follower.”
“Sometimes I can’t feel the top of my head.”

Children gather around him, asking timid questions in the hopes that this living doll will answer back. Adults stand back and ponder, trying to puzzle out the meanings of his seemingly unconnected phrases, and debating whether an assemblage of a toy and a chair can even be constituted as art. The little yellow doll has both critics and fans aplenty – he has even had his own Facebook group, as hundreds of art lovers banded together to implore the museum to keep the “guy with the chair on his head” out for public display after he was briefly moved into storage in 2007. Yet for all those who view him, the question remains: What is the meaning of this little man? What message are his statements attempting to convey?

The answer requires a bit of research into the artist. Tony Oursler was born in 1957 and came into prominence as a contemporary artist in the late twentieth century. His works tend to incorporate video projectors and inanimate, found objects. During the time that he created this work, entitled MMPI (Self-Portrait in Yellow), he was focusing on the conception of mental illness within American society. In this series, Oursler made himself a key part of his works, using his own experiences to reveal and reflect the questions and insecurities about our own psychological state, which are so often internalized and not discussed aloud.

From the Collection–MMPI (Self-Portrait in Yellow) by Tony Oursler


Example #2

Marina Abramović:
The Artist Is Present


Example #3

movie: 2001 a space odyssey


A space-opera spanning the dawn of man to humanity reaching the stars, 2001: A Space Odyssey tells the story of the Black Monolith, humanity’s evolution and the rise of A.I.’s ultimate supercomputer HAL 9000.


Stanley Kubrick


Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay)





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