Tools

Imagine & Model

Concept Sheets

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Capture ideas with a quick sketch and a provocative title. A concept sheet gets ideas out of your head and into a form that’s easy to sort, share, and document.

How to
  1. Always have concept sheets around your project. Made from a half sheet of letter-sized paper, it should include a place for a title, sketch, name, and date.
  2. During a brainstorm, get a stack of concept sheets and assemble a team of 5 to 7 people.
  3. Create a focus for your brainstorm. “Ways of…” statements are great for this. They require ideas in response!
  4. Get everyone going. Ask that all ideas be produced on a concept sheet.
  5. Participants should “fill out” a concept sheet and then hold it up to share with others.
  6. Pin the concept sheet up on the wall after sharing.
  7. After the brainstorm, review the concepts and group them according to similarity, difficulty, high value, etc.
Tips & Tricks

Concept sheets, as opposed to a personal notebook, allow ideas to be shared with others and talked about. Making concept sheets is habit-forming and improves your visualization and ideation skills.

Pairs well with
Mindset Of
  • Exploration
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