One of the challenges I have with students when we are doing Design Thinking is to teach them to embrace constraints. Sometimes I will get feedback from them at the end of projects that “we should be able to do whatever we want,” despite my explanation that my experience has shown that complete freedom can often be too overwhelming – and sometimes not very safe. So, I’ve been watching the slow emergence of innovative ideas coming out of our current pandemic situation with some delight at the creativity being revealed as people try to design around social distancing.
- Pool noodle hats in Minnesota
- Song Dynasty headwear in China
- “Here Comes the Sun” picnic blanket
- Quarantine Hugs in Indiana
- Collapsible Rings by Michael Jantzen
- Bumper Tables in Maryland
- Mannequins, Panda Bears, and all Kinds of Unique Architectural Changes in restaurants all over the world
These are all basically ideas using, at the very least, the “Adapt” step of S.C.A.M.P.E.R., as people attempt to find ways to stay healthy while still leaving their homes. After you show them a few of the linked images, students might enjoy designing their own social distancing hacks for school, shopping, the beach, etc… I’d love to see their ideas!