Inktrap's Wonderful Weekly Workshop (WWWorkshop) is a design exercise for bolstering creativity. The rules are simple: there is a design prompt and 30 minutes for completion. I decided to challenge myself with three of their past WWWorkshops.

Storybook App for Children

Storybook for Children · Planet's Landing · Punk Poster

For this WWWorkshop I came up with an idea of a mixed reality storybook that is complemented by a custom-made map and a character figurine. The app presents an interactive story with a character matching the figurine and a location matching the map. To make choices, a kid moves the figurine to a particular location. This way the kid stays active and connects with the story physically.

There are numerous business opportunities for expansion: new character figurines, new maps, in-app purchases with new stories, and different combinations of the above.

In hindsight, I spent too much time developing the concept, which left very little time for visual design. After 30 minutes passed I had a mockup of the UI with no description of the idea that is core to the concept. Instead, I described the way it woks on this page. Some would call it a cheat, others – a demonstration of problem solving skills :-p

Website Landing Page for a Planet

Storybook for Children · Planet's Landing · Punk Poster

The main idea behind this prompt was to make an anthropomorphised Pluto ask for donations to raise funds for convincing earthlings that Pluto is actually a planet.

I spent most of the time sketching out Pluto's 'facial' expression. To finish in time I took a shortcut by using 👉👈 emoji instead of drawing by hands, which worked out even better than the image I had in mind initially.

Punk Motivational Poster

Storybook for Children · Planet's Landing · Punk Poster

This WWWorkshop presented a contradiction: punk is supposed to be about breaking the rules and expectations, yet the rule is to make a motivational poster. At first, I thought of doing something completely different and presenting it as punk. But quickly I realised that a more interesting and challenging task would be to resolve the contradiction, instead of breaking it entirely.

So I decided to make a motivational writing on the wall, instead of a poster. It breaks the expectation, without breaking the challenge. To keep the punk vibes going, I also wanted to add an anti-corporate flavour to it. I thought that with this one I'll easily beat the clock, but my initial idea didn't work.

This just looked grim and not motivational at all :-( I used the time saved to start from scratch:

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