What is Collaborative Sketching?
Collaborative sketching, or C-sketch is a design method teams use to generate and build upon the ideas that team members have.
Who uses it?
This activity should be done in groups of 3 to 8 people, optimally 5 to 6 in a group. It works best for teams that are trying to design solutions to defined problems or opportunity statements. It can also be done as a quick brainstorming warm up with a quirky challenge statement.
When to use it?
Most commonly used in the Develop phase, where divergence begins. This activity is typically done after the team has listed out functions through the Functional Analysis or through Morph Matrix. They are able to combine elements and functions discussed into distinctly different design concepts to be built upon.
Where do we conduct this?
A meeting room with sufficient tables and chairs to accommodate 5-6 people per group. Bring a bluetooth speaker to play music if the room does not have an audio system. It helps to liven up the mood and get people to be more creative and at ease. It is important to have right materials before you start the activity.
Workshops, seminars, or conferences
A large seminar room or hall with audio and visual system. This can be done in a large group setting with over 80 participants. The same rules apply, ensure everyone has sufficient space to sketch. A tip is to prepare and distribute the materials in advance so everyone can jump right into it. A shortened version of the C-sketch can also be done online in order to retain attention of large groups.
How does it work?
Time taken: 1 Hour
Materials: A4/A3 Paper, Markers of different colours
Time taken: 30 Minutes
Material: Mobile devices or computers with internet connection
Why should you use C-sketch?
Most people are often more comfortable explaining their ideas in words. C-sketch forces members to ideate and express themselves visually through sketches.
During C-sketch, team members are asked to elevate ideas drawn by their team mates without judgements and constraints. It encourages push the limits of an idea made by an individual and witness how the ideas and concepts evolve by working with people who have different perspectives.
Most importantly, every member will also contribute to each and every idea so that there is equal ownership of each idea. This teaches teams the importance of collaboration.
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