Creating Affinity Maps at the Comics Forum
Great presentation today byat the Ann Arbor District Library Comic Artists Forum! She walked us through using an Affinity Map as an exercise to manage projects with others as well as organizing thoughts for our comics projects.
The exercise set up the example premise of "how do we get more passers-by to walk into the library," after which we were given 10 minutes to brainstorm ideas on sticky notes. The notes were submitted relatively anonymously. After the 10 minutes were up, Sally walked us through grouping the random ideas into several categories to begin sifting through to find the useful and less-useful ideas.
What I loved about this is the notion of putting the creative work on the front end, while looking for structure and theme afterwards. Reminded me of Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling (http://io9.com/5916970/the-22-rules-of-storytelling-according-to-pixar) Rule 3: Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about til you're at the end of it. Now rewrite.
More on Affinity Maps here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affinity_diagram
And here: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_86.htm
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