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Inspiration through association

Imagination is one of the most important abilities of a designer, we use a figurative or abstract word to make associations, to get more inspiration and to find a unique starting point to complete the design work.

In the first workshop session we went through some keywords to find or imagine something related to them. Most of these keywords are figurative. Most of the keywords are easy to find physically around. One of them was the word “island”, which was difficult to find in the time-limited task.

This added to my thinking, does an ‘island’ have to be a real ‘island’. It can be anything that has the characteristics of an island or fits the definition of an island, or an idea.. For example, a roundabout on the road, a torch-lit ice cream, etc.

The mind map below shows the associations I made with the word ‘island’ and how it relates to the environment.


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