On october 21st and 28th, Studio Claire Hornn hold two co-creation workshops to Product Students at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Both sessions had the same theme: worm composting. Not a subject students particularly like or have a lot of knowledge about but this wasn’t a problem at all!
‘How Might We make a worm compost bin more appealing for students?’ and ‘How Might We make a worm compost bin more appealing for inside use?’ were the two HMW-questions which were central during the sessions. HMW-questions is the ‘how might we’ approach to innovation which ensures an effective creative thinking during a session. When asking the right question, you can get a lot of new ideas in a short periode of time.
With these two HMW-questions, the students had first 30 minutes to brainstorm. Hereby are a few rules needed which were explained at the beginning of the sessions. Both groups generated 90 and 75 ideas during this exercise. After that, the students get some time to mix/match the ideas and vote. Per team of two or individually, they had 30 minutes the time to transform one idea into a concept that is tangible. They pitched their idea and gave each other feedback in the form ‘I Like… I Wish…’ which transform negative feedback into a positive thing.
The created concepts were all great and unique. One team created the concept of mixing an aquarium and a worm compost bin into one product: a (quite big) aquarium with a ‘hole’ in the middle where is put a worm compost bin. It’s kind a product with two types of pets: fishes and worms. The little heat created in the compost bin ensures the aquarium stays at the good temperature. Unique concept, right? Another student created a worm-compost-bin-movie-serie: different kind of bins inspired by great movies. These are unique, exclusives design that can be used as an art piece at home but which are absolutely functional product since they’re worm compost bins. A last example is the concept of a wearable/movable worm compost bin. You can bring it around during a picnic or a short bike/road trip. But it’s also created to bring the product more easily to places where compost is needed.