Creative Makes

Creative Makes are short exercises designed to boost creativity & productivity and curiosity. To get into the habit of being creative, Creative Make assignments were posted below each week. Each assignment was intended to take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. The assignments varied in mode – photography, drawing, audio, video and writing. See DS106 for examples and inspiration.

Overall Instructions

  1. New Creative Make assignments with instructions will be announced on a weekly basis. In addition, follow #CuriousCoLab to receive Creative Make alerts on Twitter. 
  2. Once you’ve completed your Creative Make, follow the directions to upload it to the Bloggregate. Be sure to use the category “CuriousCoLab” and tag it correctly (i.e., cenr1, cenr2, etc.) before publishing your post.
  3. Tags for each assignment are in the following format: ‘cenr1’ for the first Creative Make, ‘cenr2’ for the second Creative Make, and so on. For help on categories and tags, see blog section of Online Toolkit.

For those of you participating at your own pace, feel free to do any or all of the Creative Makes at your leisure.

Remember

  • There are no rules to this. Experiment!
  • Try different approaches/media for each assignment
  • Try to create something new each time. If using older photos or videos, try to re-edit
  • Tweet out a link to your Creative Make post to share with your followers
  • Comment on other people’s Creative Makes
  • Keep posted as information may change below.

Creative Make Assignments

Community can mean many things. Create a visual representation of what “community” means to you. It could be a photograph you take, a drawing, a collage, or something we haven’t thought of. 

Directions

  1. Create your “Community” image
  2. Upload the image in your blog post
  3. Briefly explain your image and how it describes what community means to you in your blog
  4. Add “CuriousCoLab” category and tag “cenr1” to your post
  5. Publish post. Tweet it out.

Take a moment to visualize what shared power looks like. Now create a visual representation that conveys your beliefs about shared power. It could be a photograph you take, a drawing, a collage, or something we haven’t thought of.

Directions

  1. Create your “Shared Power” image
  2. Upload the image in your blog post
  3. Briefly explain your image and how it describes “power” to you in your blog
  4. Add “CuriousCoLab” category and tag “cenr2” to your post
  5. Publish post

If you were to imagine a dance, a song, a musical, a band, or live performance art to represent community-engaged research, what would it look and sound like? Create a visual representation that describes this. It could be a photograph you take, a drawing, a collage, or something we haven’t thought of yet. 

Directions

  1. Create your “Cut a Rug Research” image
  2. Upload the image in your blog post
  3. Briefly explain your image and how it connects to community-engaged research. 
  4. Add “CuriousCoLab” category and tag “cenr3″ to your post
  5. Publish post. Tweet it out.

Tweet out into the Twitterverse and ask for a partner in crime to join you for this creative make. You may shout out to any person, a #CuriousCoLab mate or just put out an open call. Once you have a partner, work collaboratively to create a product that represents building relationships and teams. Think outside the box! You can create a graphic together, a word cloud, a pinterest board, a video, a short google hangout, or something we haven’t thought of yet- you must both participate in creating the piece together!
 
(Remember this should be a quick collaboration.)
 

Directions

  1. Create your “Collaborative Make” product.
  2. Upload the product in your blog post.
  3. Briefly explain the collaborative product, who was involved, and how it represents building relationships and teams.
  4. Add “CuriousCoLab” category and tag “cenr4″ to your post.
  5. Publish post. Tweet it out.
You’ve been practicing your elevator pitch to describe your research focus for weeks, and now you’re ready to create your 2 minute video. For this week’s Creative Make, you will create a visual of your elevator pitch. This should describe, organize, sum up, and help you remember your elevator pitch/speech/story. It could be a diagram, a sketch, a mnemonic device, a word cloud, a collage, a mind map, a decision tree, or something that we haven’t thought of yet.

Directions

  1. Create your “Visual Elevator Pitch” product.
  2. Upload the product in your blog post.
  3. Briefly describe this visualization and your elevator pitch. You may also wish to embed or link in the Elevator Pitch video.
  4. Add “CuriousCoLab” category and tag “cenr5″ to your post.
  5. Publish post.

Information and data can be communicated in countless ways. A great way to communicate CEnR is through data visualization. Create a visual that attempts to clearly communicate information or data surrounding your research focus. Remember this should be quick and spur your creativity. This could be an infographic, a pictorial, a diagram, or something that we haven’t thought of yet.

Directions

  1. Create your “#DataViz” product.
  2. Upload the product in your blog post.
  3. Briefly describe this data visualization.
  4. Add “CuriousCoLab” category and tag “cenr6″ to your post.
  5. Tweet your post with #CuriousCoLab and #DataViz (go explore this #).

One of the main goals of community-engaged research is to strengthen the health and well-being of the community. What does this look like? For this week’s Creative Make, create a visual that illustrates how community-engaged research does this. This could be a photo, a comic, a flow chart, an infographic, a collage, or something that we haven’t thought of yet. 

Directions

  1. Create your “Picturing CEnR” product.
  2. Upload the product in your blog post.
  3. Briefly describe the dissemination process.
  4. Add “CuriousCoLab” category and tag “cenr7″ to your post.
  5. Tweet your post with #CuriousCoLab

Take a moment to visualize what would (will) be different after the research is conducted and the findings are applied. Now, create a visual or auditory representation of the potential impact of the research. It could be a photograph you take, a drawing, a collage, haiku, song, or something we haven’t thought of.

Directions

  1. Create your “Impact” product.
  2. Upload the product in your blog post.
  3. Briefly describe the dissemination process.
  4. Add “CuriousCoLab” category and tag “cenr8″ to your post.
  5. Tweet your post with #CuriousCoLab