This Card Game Helps You Turn Bad Ideas Into Better Ones
Bad Ideas (lead to better ones) is a card game that develops creativity through play. The game consists of 75 cards with 3 categories: users, goals, and constraints. When the cards are combined together, they create a randomized problem to solve. Then it's up to you and the other players to think of the most inventive solution. The game can be used in an educational or a home setting, and is available now for pre-order.
Creativity is an incredibly powerful skill in any profession. However, this skill is rarely developed on its own. More often when learning a new trade, creativity is pushed aside in favor of craft and the use of specific tools.
The primary goal of Bad Ideas is to foster creativity by making it easy to integrate into other projects. Each round of Bad Ideas only takes a few minutes, so it can be plugged into the beginning of a project focused on sketching or 3d modeling or storytelling. Then you have something to react to and modify rather than starting from a completely blank page.
The secondary goal of the game is to spread the idea that creativity is a more approachable concept than many would like to think. After refining the gameplay of Bad Ideas, I realized this could be something more universal than a tool specifically for design students. The game is designed to be played by just about anyone!
There are 3 types of cards: User, Goal, and Constraint. When these cards are combined they form a randomized creative brief, prompting you to start thinking of how to solve the problem presented to you.
The players think of how these elements can be combined together into a single product that could solve the problem, and draw it as best as they can in just a few minutes.
Once players have sketched out their solutions they share how their invention works, and the group votes on a winner!
The game is available for pre-order now on Kickstarter, the first 100 decks are available for $19