Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Imagineering Workout ~ Update 4 Goals

The Imagineering Workout ~ Update 4


“Setting goals before and during the creative process

enhances your project results.”

Dave Crawford

Principal Mechanical Engineer,

Show/Ride Engineering

It is important to know what your creative goal is. Are you redecorating an entire room of your house or just changing how one shelf is displayed? Are you painting a small picture to decorate a corner of a room or a large painting to be hung over the fireplace? Are you choosing to make all your Christmas gifts? What gift, how many and who gets them?

 “What are the absolute bottom line requirements for the project?

What are the up-front assumptions of how to meet the goal or

set the direction? Are they correct?

What are the short-and long-term goals need to be established?

Who needs to know the goals?

What questions need to be asked?

Is there a way to clarify or revise the goals at any time?

What can you learn from setting goals?”

Figure out what your goal is. Do you need to make something for a special event or as a gift? Maybe you just want to update the décor in your house before guests come for a visit.

Think before you start Why am I making it? Who am I making it for? What are my goals in making it? (It is a decoration for myself or a gift for a friend? Is it a gag or serious? Is it for work?) How much money do I have to make it with? How much time do I have to make it in? Is it a functional item? If so how can you make it functional?

Plan it out. Don’t just wing it. If you start a craft with no goal behind it there is no drive to finish. You pick up a paint brush and start on the canvas and if that has no purpose or goal you there is a good chance you will not complete the painting. At least I know I would not.

Once you get going see if you need to alter your plans. Don’t get so fixed on any part of your plan or timeline that you can’t alter it at least some. Be ready to rethink the project to see if you can stream line it to make it easier to make a second time. As you are working think about how you can do it easier or better. Look at each step as you go and see if it is working as desired before moving on.

If you wish to follow along and read the book for yourself here is the information:

The Imagineering Workout

By The Disney Imagineers

ISBN 078685554-1

It is available at

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