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Bundle Ideas

Now that you’ve got lots of ideas, it’s time to combine them into robust solutions.

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Stats

Suggested Time

60-90 Minutes

Level of Difficulty

Hard

Materials Needed

Pens, Post-its, boards

Participants

Design team


Process Phase

Bundling Ideas takes you from strong individual concepts to solutions of substance. Think of it as a game of mix and match, with the end goal of putting the best parts of several ideas together to create more complex concepts. You’ll probably notice that many ideas start to resemble each other—which is a good thing. Try combining them; keep the best parts of some, get rid of the ones that aren’t working, and consolidate your thinking into a few concepts you can now start to share with the world.

Steps

  1. You’ve got lots of drawings and ideas up on the wall, so now it’s time to start moving them around and forming them into more complex solutions.
  2. Start by clustering similar ideas into groups. Talk about the best elements of those clusters and combine them with other clusters.
  3. Now, start building groupings out of the Themes and patterns you’ve found. Focus on translating what you’ve heard into practice, rather than just identifying similar ideas.
  4. Once you’ve got a few idea groupings, ask yourself how the best elements of your thinking might live in a system. Now you’re moving from individual ideas to full-on solutions!