Lateral Thinking

This week’s unit is all about lateral thinking. The Oxford English Dictionary defines lateral thinking as “a way of thinking which seeks the solution to intractable problems through unorthodox methods, or elements which would normally be ignored by logical thinking.”  As a designer, thinking outside the box and ignoring logic can lead to the generation of new ideas, or at least some fun. To put the unit’s lesson into practice, our professor assigned a lateral thinking project. This was the project description:

In this exercise, you will apply lateral thinking to a well-known nursery rhyme in order to present a different way of looking at a very familiar thing.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Your assignment is to take the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty” and create another version of it using visual means only (no text), such as a hand drawing, picture(s), computer drawing, three-dimensional construction, video, etc. – without using anything that resembles an egg, a wall, king’s horses, or king’s men. In other words, create an entirely new and unique visual representation of the traditional rhyme using what you know about lateral thinking.

Below are my results. Just like sitting on a wall is a bad idea for an egg, so is running through mud in new shoes. I have experienced this before, and as a lover of sneakers it was quite devastating and I learned my lesson. Reliving the ordeal through visual representation was very therapeutic. What I like most about the exercise is pushing beyond the norm and seeing things in different ways. Humpty Dumpty is not just about an egg falling off a wall, but how a foolish choice can lead to irreversible consequences and destruction. I was interesting to see how each classmate used different visuals to recreate to story.



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