Extraordinaires Design Studio
From the makers of Rory's Story Cubes comes this fun and sneaky way to stretch your mind! These are essentially design challenges, but they're not just any design challenges. The clients you'll be working for are a bit out there: Superheroes, Ninjas, Robots, Fairies, Giants, and other interesting characters are all in need of your services. Each time you play, select a client and a project card (or shuffle and pick randomly for a challenge!) Hmm... how about inventing a music player for a fairy? From here, you can start thinking about and sketching your design. You can do this on your own, or, if you need help, use a Think card. Think cards are prompts that help you to ponder certain aspects of your design. For example, one might read: "Think about the materials used to make your design. Are they available in the client's world? Or will you need to invent something new?" Well! This is a good place to start. Fairies don't have access to the kinds of components that would normally be used in a music player. They're mostly restricted to materials found in the woods. Because the clients are so extraordinairy, you as the inventor really have to think outside the box and put yourself in their place. Their world is likely a lot different from yours, after all! To further provide you with information, each client card has extra images on the back that relate other knowledge about the character, such as their environment, interests, and occupation. So the fairy you're designing for isn't just any fairy - she's a fairy who does detective work. After you have considered your client, thought about your design, sketched it out, and given it a name, present to your family and friends and explain why your creation would be perfect for your client's needs. And, if you're especially proud of your project, post it online to the extraordinaire website! Aside from just being a lot of fun, these sets involve some serious creativity as well as practicality to think of truly great designs. In addition, many skills are used - critical thinking, problem solving, communication, empathy, presentation, clarity, and art to name a few. Whew, what a mental workout! Sets can be used alone, with a fellow brainstormer, or as a group activity/game. Please note: there are some fantasy-based clients including vampires, evil geniuses, and wizards.