Iterations: Creativity Cards

Idea generation is a methodology which usually takes place in the Concept Design part of the creative process. This methodology combines divergent thinking (applying a stimulus to generate potential outcomes) and convergent thinking (bringing facts and data together and applying logic).

Iterations help divergent thinking by giving suggestions on how to process the output. They work as a set of guitar effect pedals to your process. There is an input, a set of ambiguous instructions that can be applied to this input, and an undetermined output created by these effects.

In layman’s terms: you sketch an idea, then draw a card. Then draw a new sketch based around your interpretation of what the card says. Then draw another card. Sketch another new sketch based on what the card says. And repeat.

The results can lead iterative sketching down new and innovative paths not normally reached through standard idea generation.

Fun fact: the pattern on the back of the cards is the word ITERATIONS in braille repeated.

The Cards

The cards are no longer for sale. They were a limited edition of 52 packs.

These cards are now licensed CC BY-SA which means you can do what you like with them as long as you reference The Bookhouse and this page.