The main point of this workshop is to visualise an idea, a product, service, process, part of a website, poster, app or whatever the team decides it’s worth pursuing. It takes 30 to 60 minutes to do it properly.  

Brainwriting technique will identify the different ways of solving the same problem. It is called Brainwriting, sometimes Method 6-3-5 or even Design studio.

Here’s how we approached it in IDEATE course:

First encourage all workshop participants to participate. Some might be reluctant to express themselves visually, maybe they haven’t been drawing since childhood. But everyone still knows how to draw boxes and arrows. And that’s the only skill they need for this exercise.

  • 4 to 6 participants should sit in a circle around the table.
  • Set a timer for 10 minutes.
  • Each participant gets a sheet of paper – A4, letter or bigger.
  • Decide on what you’ll be drawing. It’s important that all participants try to solve the same point in the interaction (e.g. App’s home screen).
  • Participants get 5 minutes to quickly sketch their idea. They can leave their sheet half empty. Actually unfinished ideas are great.
  • Time’s up. Now each participant hands over his sheet to his neighbour.
  • Start the timer again for up to 5 minutes.
  • Now each participant tries to understand his neighbour’s idea. They can merely observe or sketch over that idea. Perhaps jot down questions that the idea arises? Everything is allowed.
  • Again. Pass the sheet to your neighbor. And let the creative juices flow for another 5 minutes.
  • Again..
  • And again..
  • Until your neighbour passess you your original sheet.

  • Now all participants stand up and discuss all the ideas.
  • They decide which ideas or their parts are useful and should be taken forward.
  • Present the outcome to other groups.