Process

Everybody has a different creative process when dealing with creative chal­lenges, and over the years I have honed a process that I find works well for my clients.

Audit

Rarely does a creative problem begin in a vacuum. Instead, it’s extremely helpful to take a look at what has been done in the past. Even with new busi­nesses or new campaigns, some creative deci­sions have been made. Who made those deci­sions and why were they made? How do you feel about those deci­sions? In business terms, have they been successful or have they failed. With inter­active projects, user data is usually scrutinized.

Research

During this phase, we look at the intended audience, the company’s market and any unique creative chal­lenges that will need to be overcome as part of the problem solving effort. Sometimes the research is quite straight-​​forward an analytical, and others it could be very a qual­i­tative explo­ration of a concept. Ideally, some of the results of the audit would suggest areas where more knowledge might be required.

Brainstorming

Every idea is sacred, no matter how impulsive it may seem at this phase. The brain­storming often takes a variety of formats, depending on what is the most appro­priate for the project. Often times this is a mood board or a collection of visual arti­facts, other times it is a group discussion where ideas are tossed around. Anything goes here, though, and ideas shouldn’t be constrained by the facts quite yet.

Concepting

Here is where things really start to things really start to move. This is the stage where the quan­ti­tative data set out by the audit and the research lay the framework for the best results of the brain­storming. Sometimes concepts are presented in a rough format to capture the idea quite, and other they are more polished. The key aspect is that it should be quickly apparent what ideas could work, and what clearly isn’t the best way to proceed.

Revising

Creative problem-​​solving is a dialogue, not a dictation. Rarely is the solution arrived at from the first pass, and the result of the concept phase will some­times bring about a shift in direction or a refinement of the process. Here the ideas are honed and the execution is brought closer to it’s final state.

Deployment

After the final revi­sions, we should have a clear launch plan in place. Here we begin the process of executing on the ideas that have been the core of the solution. Whether it’s unveiling new Branding or launching a website, we make sure all the “t’s” are crossed and the “i’s” are dotted.

It may seem rather involved, but each step is critical to the creative process. Should any part of the process be neglected, the results will doubtless suffer, so I engage clients in every step of the process as much as possible. If you have ques­tions about the process, feel free to get in touch.