Creative Learning Experience
It is no mystery that creativity is honored as a human activity. Our will is directed towards evolutionary success; we strive to achieve different results, and greatly appreciate creative events that change quality of life.
The power of design inherently embraces this maxim, and strives to solve problems simple or complex through a rational activity that may also invoke chaos and chance, yet, together with a menu of rational influences, act as stimulus or catalyst to a serious, sophisticated creative process.
This same process serves as a general method for navigating day to day, where we continuously restructure our time, energy, and resources to create new living experiences. We are by nature redesigning lives moment to moment.
As we learn to harness the power of reasoning with the nature of our individual and collective experience, we look for structured processes that promise change, and yet find no formal guidelines…we are persuaded rather by historical and cultural directives, biases in the process that may hinder imagination or innovation.
Design education provides a pathway to a holistic determination of relevant criteria, and a methodology to utilize and evaluate choices emergent in the process of defining the goal: a solution.
Why not teach problem solving, creative critical thinking, routinely?
Why not offer design education lifelong as an evolving rational framework to access a good individual and collective life?
The Arango Design Foundation Gallery of small scale everyday objects provides a window into the range of solutions established for a given typology. Comparisons of these objects reveal variances in design criteria and methodology and may provoke a will to express the object in alternate form, defining solutions that expand the object’s typology.
The gallery workshop extension plans to provide opportunity for willing participants to model solutions through common materials, and explore manufacturing concepts. The foundation, through its affiliation to the design community, encourages communication between emerging designers and the businesses that may appreciate and express their concepts through manufacture.
Simply stated, creative problem solving is an activity that is best learned through practice. One must execute the analytical process that identifies the criteria for imagining and evaluating solutions. Opportunities to engage this activity are rare or limited in standard public educational curriculum, and design itself is not offered at earlier levels of education.
One option providing this opportunity earlier is to offer a facility where existing solutions may be compared for analytical experience, and the experience lead into creative action.