Do something different

The number one way to stimulate creativity is to do something different.Being a rainy morning in London, I thought, why not walk to work in the rain instead of taking the crowded bus – and see if I could notice something new. I never really paid attention to the patterns of the rain hitting puddles before… it is a bit like those random flashes of lights you see on the new years ball dropping in times square. Fascinating.

And just fascinating enough to get me in to trouble when a big red bus drove by and soaked me with a tidal wave splash. Not quite what I had in mind when I sought after a new experience.

What I learned from the incident:

  • Usability tip #1: When confronted with the possibility of large busses intersecting with large puddles in close proximity, watch the road, not the neat patterns of rain-drops in the puddles.
  • Follow-up idea #1: When being splashed by big red bus, reposition your umbrella to face downwards at a 45 degree angle to minimize the damage.
  • Shortcut #1: When about to be splashed by a big red bus, move quickly in the opposite direction from the street.
  • Side benefits #1: The rain-water-bus-splash wakes you up better than coffee.
  • Time saver #1: The rain-water-bus-splash provides a free natural all-in-one method for laundry and a shower. Note – temperature control leaves something to be desired and drying method needs to be reworked.