Critical thinking is definitely not always an easy task, but for those hard times there are little things that can make it easier.
Posters, Pens, and Sticky Notes
Not only are they fun to use (if you’re a weirdo like me and are happier about getting stationary than almost anything else), but they can also be useful in figuring out what the point of a paper, presentation or topic is.
It’s a very messy exercise, but the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is messy, complex, undefined and overall crazy. So this technique works just fine.
The idea is to write as many words on as many different sticky notes as possible. Then go through them and organize them in whatever way seems fitting. Stick them on a poster, and maybe add some titles, stick figures or short statements to a cluster of them to clear things up.
The process is what really counts in these posters, as they look terrifying to someone who wasn’t part of the process…
but look how pretty it looks next to our currently tiny, but growing, collection of books!
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had the opportunity to practice our sticky-note-poster-production a lot. It’s gotten to a point where I think it’s a great idea, but it’s questionable whether we use them too much? I don’t know.
They’re fun to make, help me think about the topic, force us to collaborate, allow me to use markers and draw stick-figures, they’re colourful, and did I mention fun to make? Yea…so, I’m fine with making them.
Keep ’em coming!