- Sale Flyer or Coupon Circular. Grab something colorful from the Sunday paper or recycle bin.
- Glue Stick
- Sketch Book
Cut. From areas of relatively solid color, quickly cut 4 simple shapes (these do not need to be perfect!):
- 2 tall skinny triangles
- an arc
- and a circle
- a monster
- an animal
- a person
- a landscape
- a building
Work quickly to find as many different arrangements as you can in two or three minutes.
Glue. After you've done 5 to 7 arrangements, pick one you like and glue the elements to a fresh page in your sketchbook.
Title. Give this design a title, and write it on the page.
There it is: 5 minutes, 4 shapes, and a series of idea catalysts. This is another way of using explicit constraints to spark creativity. I know it sounds too simple to work, but try it and let me know what you think. The comment button is right below this post.