What Makes Me?

Laugh

Sitcoms 

  • Only Fools and Horses
  • Are you being served?
  • Blackadder
  • The Inbetweeners
  • Dad’s Army
  • The Young Ones
  • Bottom
  • Peep Show
  • The IT Crowd
  • Mrs Browns Boys
  • Big Bang Theory
  • French Prince of Bel Air
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • South Park
  • Friends
  • King of the Hill
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Family Guy
  • Bobs Burgers
  • Futurama

Vines and Memes

Comedians

  • Romesh Ranganathan
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Alan Carr
  • David Mitchell
  • Karl Pilkington
  • Jack Dee
  • Russell Kane

People getting hurt

Monkeys

Dogs

  • Doug the Pug

Stoner Comedies

  • Cheech & Chong
  • Trailer Park Boys
  • How High?
  • Friday
  • Deuce Bigelow
  • Harold and Kumar
  • American Pie
  • Anchorman

Youtubers

  • Achievement Hunter
  • RoosterTeeth
  • Funhaus
  • Inside Gaming
  • Shane Dawson
  • Jeffree Starr

Netflix Shows

  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Good Place
  • Superdrags
  • Big Mouth
  • Black Mirror
  • Insatiable

Cry

Death

Break-ups

Homelessness

Addiction

Mental Health

Natural Disasters

Music

Oppression

Betrayal

Angry 

Disrespect 

Extinction

Cruelty 

Extremists

Death

Sexism 

Racism

Donald Trump 

Kids

Excited

Going to shows and concerts

movie and video game sequels 

TV shows

Other

Interior Design

Decor

Conspiracy Theories

Human Psychology

Existentialism 

Philosophy 

Travel

Space

Cacti

Cinematography 

Spirituality 

Documentaries

Initial Brainstorms

Moving on from our ‘Good Start, Bad Start’ workshop, I wanted to employ a technique we learnt in the first year called the ‘lotus blossom technique’. This technique involves taking a basic idea or theme, and expanding on it until you have a huge collection of research points. I personally find this technique much better than a classic mind map as it pushes me to think of more avenues of research when compared to a traditional mind map. From this, I wanted to gain a fully fleshed out idea-space for each theme I planned to look into.

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My first draft mind map on Space Travel.
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First draft mind map on Human Psychology

These first two drafts were used as exercises for myself to start thinking creatively and making connections between different themes before I dove straight into the lotus technique. While I was considering what I could look into, I narrowed my interests down into a few stand-out categories.

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Lotus map for the theme of Space Travel
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Lotus Map for the theme of Human Behaviour

After creating the lotus maps, I went through the topics I had looked at and used coloured markers to see which areas were of interest to me the most. This gave me a good idea of what to focus on when it came to actually research these topics. For example, in my Ecosystem map, I found that I was more interested in evolution, habitats, psychology and geography, and less interested in conservation, the built environment, biomes and climate change.

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Ecosystems

Comedy

Using this technique also helped me to see if my chosen interests were broad enough to be able to deep dive into research, while I have an interest in comedy, there was a limited amount of space I could go with it, and I found that while deconstructing the genre, there wasn’t really any aspects of it that truly caught my attention.

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Conspiracy Theories
Dark Tourism
Dark Tourism

So from this, I had compiled a simple list to reference while researching. The topic, alongside more specific avenues of research that I found interesting and wanted to explore further. Going forward, I used two techniques Adam taught us during an early workshop. These tasks involved taking a subject we were interested in and creating 6 thumbnails for that topic. I then asked others to comment on what they thought the topic was just through visuals. It was interesting to see what others thought about each topic I’d chosen. Another task we were given was to try and list as many questions as we could think of based on the topics we’d chosen. This was to try and give us a starting point in terms of research.


Behaviour

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What others thought it meant:
Science x2, Justice x2, genetics, chromosomes, microscope, communication, symbolism, structure, exchange, law and order, Peace, Planet, Global, Economy, Social, Humanity

Space

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What others thought it meant:
Stars x3, Space x3
, Galaxies x2, Exploration, Alignment, Patterns, NASA, Rockets, Engineering, Signs, Personality, Funding

Cults

Dark Tourism

=QUESTION LIST TASK FOR EACH TOPIC-

-THUMBNAIL TASK FOR EACH

 

 

Good Start, Bad Start

Before the workshop

It’s the third year, we’re back and better than ever!

Before the first workshop with Adam, myself, Samantha and AJ went away and began brainstorming topics of interest using markers to create mindmaps. This was a simple exercise to get us thinking about possible avenues of research and ultimately shake off the summer cobwebs from our pesky little brains.

Using different coloured markers, we set ourselves a time limit of ten minutes and tried to brainstorm as many things as we could that we found interesting. At the end of the ten minutes, we had three different mindmaps. We then swapped over and used our respective coloured markers to underline any topics of interest that we shared or anything that perhaps we had missed out on our own mindmaps that we find interesting.

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Our initial mind maps (Jen: Blue, AJ: Green, Samantha: Red)

Good Start, Bad Start

We then had a ‘Good Start, Bad Start‘ workshop with Adam. The aim of this workshop was to generate lots of mindmaps and possible starting points for individual research. In groups, we began to consider whether topics of interest that had been written down had any researchable qualities to them.

This workshop involved lots of mind mapping and rapid idea generation. We used methods from ‘How to have Great Ideas’ by John Ingledew to create large branching mindmaps in six different topics:

What makes you: Laugh, Cry, Angry, Excited, Interested, Intellectually Stimulated?
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In a group (Myself, AJ and Samantha) we had to brainstorm six different categories. My personal lists can be found under ‘What makes me?’


 


Other Idea Generation Techniques

After working as a group to consider what might be a good start and a bad start, we went away with a theme in mind and began brainstorming avenues of research surrounding that topic as a group. We chose conspiracy theories as it was something all three of us found interesting, yet we didn’t think to add it to our own list of interests.

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As a group we started to consider avenues of research from the word conspiracy theories. A list of other relevant topics and questions that could be asked.
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Using three thumbnail drawings to convey a theme. My theme was Space Travel. Second Years came in and gave their opinion on what they thought the topic could be. Answers for mine included: Space, exploration and colonization.