Creators' Retreat - January 2019
Jan
13
9:00 AM09:00

Creators' Retreat - January 2019

 

Creators’ Retreat

January, 13, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00/6:00 pm

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The Creator’s Retreat is a one day retreat to deep-dive into your creative project.

We all have this great idea in our head but often we simpy lack the time. Time is one of the greatest obstacles that stops us from creating. We all have a lot of ideas what to create or what to learn:

  • Writing a book, blogpost or your doctor / master thesis

  • Creating a great visual, logo or illustration

  • Building a website, app or mockup

  • Refining your ideas and business model

  • Learning a new skill such as hand-lettering, logo design or animation.

  • Acquiring knowledge you need for your project or simply reading a book.

  • Exploring, experimenting, playing

Here is what we offer: one whole day with inspiring people and space to focus on creating things.

No matter if you work on a project, your side-job or learn a new skill. We’ll create the right setting and an energizing working experience to get your creation to the next level.

 
 

The Goal

The main goal is to create space and time for you to create. You will connect to fellow creators during breaks and get some tips and tools for creative habits.

The Rundown

08:00 - 09:00, Light breakfast snacks with coffee & croissants (included, optional)

09:00 - 09:30, Welcome and goal setting

09:30 - 12:20, Individual working time with suggested breaks after 50 minutes

12:20 - 13:00, Lunch: fresh, bio salad and/or soup (ordered, not included)

13:00 - 14:50, Individual working time with suggested breaks after 50 minutes

14:50 - 15:30, Meditation or Walking Tour (optional), Check-in working progress

15:30 - 16:30, Individual working time with suggested breaks after 50 minutes

16:30 - 17:00, Wrap-up & Check out

17:00 - 18:00, Optional Yoga Session

 

Hardfacts

Facilitator: Stephan Kardos, Founder of the Creativity Gym

Date: Sunday, 13th of January, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 17:00 am

Venue: Das Packhaus

Price: Regular Price 39 €, Early Bird 19 € (until 31.12.2018). No Refund.

Maximum participants: 15

Included:

  • 6 * 50 minutes (5 hours) focused working slots

  • light breakfast snacks,

  • space, wifi,

  • fruits, nuts, coffee, tea

  • afternoon activity (powernap / walking tour)

  • handouts (upfront and after retreat)

Not included: lunch, yoga, additional snacks

 

THE VENUE

This Creators’ Retreat will run down in “Das Packhaus” that offers a positive working environment for innovative ideas and people. It functions as an experimental breeding place for shared space initiatives and aims to build up a modern participating community.

Will have a common working area, with chilled and unobtrusive background sounds in a common area, an area to mingle with fellow co-creators and one silent are that is reserved for no-noise creation.

 
 
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Community Workout January 2019
Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

Community Workout January 2019

 

Community Workout

January, 14, 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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The Community Workout are our “classics”. They are all about training your 'idea muscle' (aka your brain). Being confident in generating ideas will help you with being creative in everyday life.

These sessions are relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.


The Goal

In this format we focus on one idea generation technique and practice it with a few simple exercises. By the end of the workout, you will have generated a double-digit number of ideas (alone and with others) and learned about how you can implement those techniques into your daily routine.

The workouts are also for chatting about our projects and creative endeavors in our everyday life.


The Rundown

(60 minutes workout + 30 minutes community meet'n'greet):

  • Intro (15 minutes) - Don't be late or you won't hear who participates

  • Warm-up exercise (10 minutes)

  • Workout, workout, workout (40 minutes)

  • Wrap-up (10 minutes)

  • Cool-down aka. chatting over a drink (30 minutes or more)

Who should join

Join us if you want to:

  • meet like minded people

  • regain creative confidence and learn design tools

  • exercise your skills if you know the particular technique

  • ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything

  • learn what the Creativity Gym is all about

  • have a relaxing after-work drink in an unconventional atmosphere

After the session you'll be more confident in generating ideas – Promise!

 

Hardfacts

Facilitator: Stephan Kardos, Founder of the Creativity Gym

Date: Monday, 14th of January, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Venue: at a Viennese location (coffee shop, co-working space, …)

Price: free

Maximum participants: 15

 
 
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Creativity Lab: Designing your Life
Jan
20
9:00 AM09:00

Creativity Lab: Designing your Life

 

Creativity Lab - Designing your Life

January, 20, 2019, 9:00 am - 13:00 pm

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The Creativity Lab is for people who want to deep dive into a certain creativity or design technique or topic. Join a 4 hours workshop and deepen a creative mindset. We’ll cover various skills that you can use in your personal and professional life. The groups are small and the workshops interactive.

This Lab’s theme: Designing your Life

This particular Lab - “Designing your life” - trains the design thinking thinking techniques and a designer’s mindset that you can apply for your private and professional life.

The hands-on tools your learn allow you to:

  • explore and assess your situation as starting point for designing our life,

  • gaing insights on themes you want to focus on,

  • generate ideas and novel paths for personal and/or professional development that you might have overlooked so far,

  • write down ideas for prototypes that you can apply for growth and self-development.

 
 

The Goal

The main goal is to exercise hands-on design thinking tools for a quite important project: your life. The tools, however, can be applied for other areas, too.

 

Hardfacts

Facilitator: Stephan Kardos, Founder of the Creativity Gym

Date: Sunday, 20th of January, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 13:00 am

Venue: tba (Vienna)

Price: Regular Price 29 € / Pro 39 €, Early Bird 19 € / Pro 29 € (until 31.12.2018). No Refund.

Maximum participants: 20

Included:

  • handouts (upfront and after retreat)

  • 45 minutes Q&A after session (optional)

  • 30 minutes check-in call after 30 days (with pro ticket)

 
 
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Bookmarked #2
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Bookmarked #2

BOOKMARKED #2

February, 28, 2019, 6:00 - 8:0 pm

 
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BOOKMARKED is a bi-monthly gathering to explore selected readings that amplifies our imagination and widens our perspectives through discussions.

 
 

OUR BOOK CLUB

The gym’s book club - BOOKMARKED - is running down in bi-monthly intervals. We decide for a book and meet up to discuss it in a 2-2,5 hours session.


The books we select are meant to foster imagination and/or support us with our creative process. Through discussion we widen our perspective and learn new points of view.

The book clubs are moderated by us and designed to trigger inspiring discussions.

 

THE BOOK

Jake Knapp - Make time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

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What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention? As creators of Google Ventures' renowned 'design sprint', Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products like Gmail and YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own personal habits and routines, looking for ways to help individuals optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they've packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days.Making time isn't about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it's about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction. Make Time is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought 'if only there were more hours in the day...'

- The Authors

 
 

THE RUNDOWN

18:00 - Open Door & Welcoming

18:15 - Start of discussion

20:00 - Wrap up & Closing

20:15 - End / Networking

You will receive questions for reflection approximately 1 month before the book club.

 

THE VENUE

We will meet at various Viennese venues which will be announced shortly beforehand.

 
 
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Creative Prism N° 6
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Prism N° 6

Creative Prism N° 6

MON, March, 11, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Short, hand-selected stories about creativity.

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CREATIVE PRISM is a quarterly talk-series that features hand-selected creative minds who share insights on HOW to live a more creative life and WHY. The format also features unconventional and scientific views on creativity.  

Creative minds share their insights they learned from their (side) projects, their habits, how they use creativity to enrich their lives or unconventional views on creativity.

Attendees leave with inspiration for action, tools, hacks to live a creative lifestyle or new perspectives. They connect over shared interests and projects.

We all explore and celebrate creative endeavors in our local community.

 
 

THE SPEAKERS

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tba

tba

 

THE TALKS

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THE RUNDOWN

18:00 - Open Door

18:30 - Welcome by Stephan Kardos

18:40 - Talk by tba

18:55 - Talk by tba

19:10 - Talk by tba

19:25 - Panel interview moderated by Stephan Kardos and Q&As

19:45 - Networking over a drink

21:00 - End

 

THE VENUE

tba

 

FREE, APPRECIATION WELCOME

Creative Prism is a free community format that we organise. We put in quite some effort to curate an interesting experience for our visitors.

We want to keep it affordable and accessible but your appreciation at the event is more than welcome if you'd like to help us to keep the lights on :)

We recommend the equivalent of a movie ticket (around € 5-10) but are happy about any amount that you chip in at the event.

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

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Creative Prism N° 5
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Prism N° 5

Creative Prism N° 5

MON, December, 3, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Creative Prism is run quarterly and presents short talks by creative minds about living a creative lifestyle.

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THE SPEAKERS

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Anne ECK

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Moritz RESL
& Martin GRÖDL

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Sarah HOWORKA

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THE TALKS

Anne ECK - “Be creative, no permission needed.”

Moritz RESL & Martin GRÖDL - "New Visual Instruments"

Sarah HOWORKA - "Code + Art + Performance Experiments”

 

THE RUNDOWN

18:00 - Open Door

18:30 - Welcome by Stephan Kardos

18:40 - Talk by Anna Eck

18:55 - Talk by Moritz Resl & Martin Grödl

19:10 - Talk by Sarah Howorka

19:25 - Panel interview moderated by Stephan Kardos and Q&As

19:45 - Networking over a drink

21:00 - End

 

THE VENUE

Das Packhaus is Vienna’s biggest Co-Working space. On 10 floors, 92 different spaces with a total of 4200m2, a positive working environment for innovative ideas and people is created. It functions as an experimental breeding place for shared space initiatives and aims to build up a modern participating community. Das Packhaus forms a basis for ‚the new work’, where 80+ entrepreneurs and 200+ different people with diverse backgrounds can benefit from cooperations. They organise, design and question urban resources and temporary use.

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FREE, APPRECIATION WELCOME

Creative Prism is a free community format that we organise. We put in quite some effort to curate an interesting experience for our visitors.

We want to keep it affordable and accessible but your appreciation at the event is more than welcome if you'd like to help us to keep the lights on :)

We recommend the equivalent of a movie ticket (around € 5-10) but are happy about any amount that you chip in at the event.

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

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Bookmarked #1
Nov
8
to Nov 29

Bookmarked #1

BOOKMARKED #1

Every Thursday, November, 8 - 29, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

 

BOOKMARKED is an irregular gathering to explore selected readings that amplifies our imagination and widens our perspectives through discussions.

 
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THE BOOK CLUB

The gym’s book club - BOOKMARKED - is running down in irregular intervals. We decide for a book and meet up to discuss it during several (mostly weekly) meetings throughout a month.

The books we select are meant to foster imagination and/or support us with our creative process. Through discussion we widen our perspective and learn new points of view.

The book clubs are moderated by us and designed to trigger inspiring discussions.

 

THE BOOK

Yuval Noah Harari - 21 lessons for the 21st century

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“In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power. Censorship works not by blocking the flow of information, but rather by flooding people with disinformation and distractions. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century cuts through these muddy waters and confronts some of the most urgent questions on today’s global agenda.” - Yuval Noah Harari.

 

THE READING SCHEDULE

We will meet at 4 Thursdays throughout November to discuss one or two parts of the book. Beforehand we will send out questions for reflections that we might cover during the meet-ups.

THU, 8th November - Part 1 and Welcome

THU, 15th November - Part 2

THU, 22nd November - Part 3 & Part 4

THU, 29th November - Part 5 and Wrap-up

 

THE RUNDOWN

18:00 - Open Door & Welcoming

18:15 - Start of discussion

19:15 - Wrap up & Closing

19:30 - End / Networking

 

THE VENUE

We will meet at various Viennese venues which will be announced shortly beforehand.

 

FREE, APPRECIATION WELCOME

BOOKMARKED is a free community format that we organise. We put in quite some effort to curate an interesting experience for our visitors.

We want to keep it affordable and accessible but your appreciation at the event is more than welcome if you'd like to help us to keep the lights on :)

We recommend the equivalent of a movie ticket (around € 5-10) but are happy about any amount that you chip in at the event.

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

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The Game of Creativity Championship
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

The Game of Creativity Championship

 
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Wait, what? There is a Creativity Championship? Kind of and it's certainly not an official sports - yet. The idea is simple: we'll show you a nice ideation method and combine it with a small competition. That way, you'll practice a neat skill, while ideating against other community members. 

This is another Creativity Gym premier. For this community session we'll use our friend's Matt brand new designed card game: The Game of Creativity. After a short training and briefing, you'll compete against others over various prompts. A unbiased jury, will vote for the winning ideas each round until we have a champion. 

Who should join:

  • people who are looking for a new ideation skill

  • people who would like to train creative thinking styles in general

  • people who want to enjoy an after work drink while exercising their creative muscle

  • people who want to win the very first TGOC-Championship

The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

Join us to meet like minded people, train your creative thinking skills, ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything, learn what the Creativity Gym is all about, or just have a drink with us!

 
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Creative Prism N° 4
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Prism N° 4

  • AIL - Angewandte Innovation Laboratory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creative Prism N° 4

MON, September, 24, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Creative Prism is run quarterly and presents short talks by creative minds about living a creative lifestyle.

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THE SPEAKERS

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Kinga
Jakabffy

Kinga's Grapes

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Karl
Kerschbaumer

IG: "Cosimos"

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Mascha
Peleshko

Musician

 

THE TALKS

Kinga Jakabffy - "tba"

Karl Kerschbaumer - "Less is more."

Mascha Peleshko - "Be random online."

 

THE RUNDOWN

18:00 - Open Door

18:30 - Welcome by Stephan Kardos

18:40 - Talk by Kinga (https://kingasgrapes.com/)

18:55 - Talk by Karl (https://www.instagram.com/cosimos/)

19:10 - Talk by Masha (https://www.mascha.lol/)

19:25 - Panel interview moderated by Stephan Kardos and Q&As

19:45 - Networking over a drink

21:00 - End

 

THE VENUE

TBA

The Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, AIL, founded in autumn 2014 is an initiative of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Together with partners from the fields of business, science, arts and research and the varying positions, sources and resources of the University of Applied Arts Vienna AIL offers space and time for exchange, networking, experiments of thoughts and the opportunity to get inspired by new perspectives.

Within specific event formats, AIL discusses interdisciplinary and socially relevant themes, with the goal of creating ideas, concepts and models. New opportunities and solutions are encouraged to address current issues.

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Credits: Katharina Kohlroser

 

FREE, APPRECIATION WELCOME

Creative Prism is a free community format that we organise. We put in quite some effort to curate an interesting experience for our visitors.

We want to keep it affordable and accessible but your appreciation at the event is more than welcome if you'd like to help us to keep the lights on :)

We recommend the equivalent of a movie ticket (around € 5-10) but are happy about any amount that you chip in at the event.

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

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Creative Prism N°3
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Prism N°3

Creative Prism N° 3

MON, JUNE, 25, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

 
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THE FORMAT

Creative Prism - short talks by creative minds about living a creative lifestyle.

Creative minds share their insights on their (side) projects, habits and how they use creativity to enrich their lives.

Attendees leave with inspiration for action, tools and hacks to live a creative lifestyle. They connect over shared interests and projects.

We celebrate creative endeavors in our local community.

 

THE SPEAKERS

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Urtė
Špeirokaitė

Improper Walls

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Sandra
Noll

Frames of Life

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Theresa 
Lachner

Lvstprinzip

 

THE TALKS

Urte Špeirokaite - "Connecting via art."

Sandra Noll - "Drive: why purpose matters."

Theresa Lachner - "Own your story - how to write a book without going crazy."

 

THE RUNDOWN

18:00 - Open Door

18:30 - Welcome by Stephan Kardos

18:40 - Talk by Urte Špeirokaite (https://improperwalls.com/)

18:55 - Talk by Sandra Noll (http://framesoflife.org/)

19: 10 - Talk by Theresa Lachner (http://www.lvstprinzip.de/)

19:25 - Panel interview moderated by Stephan Kardos and Q&As

19:45 - Networking over a drink

20:30 - End

 

THE VENUE

VREI is the first virtual reality café in Europe. Whether you're alone or with friends, for a coffee or a beer ... It is a great place to meet people and the entry is free!

VREI is run by VR enthusiasts with the goal to introduce you to this technology in the most comfortable way and to offer you a new leisure activity. 

Why not trying out a few games before / after Creative Prism?

 

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FREE, APPRECIATION WELCOME

Creative Prism is a free community format that we organise. We put in quite some effort to curate an interesting experience for our visitors. We want to keep it affordable and accessible but your appreciation at the event is more then welcome if you'd like to help us to keep the lights on :)


We recommend the equivalent of a movie ticket (around € 5-10) but are happy about any amount.

 

SUPPORTERS

 
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Creativity Workout << >> Yoga Lawn
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Creativity Workout << >> Yoga Lawn

In this format co-hosted by Social Entrepreneurship Forum (SEF) and Creativity Gym we mix up a yoga session with a creativity workout. In this intersection, we will explore creativity and mindfulness and complete a yoga praxis. You go home with the positive feeling of an energising workout for body and mind and with new inspiration for your creative life. 

Regular creativity workouts are the core of the Creativity Gym and we love to partner up with inspiring organisations. The session is split in 4 parts:

  1. Join us for the intro round 20 minutes prior to the workout (optional).
  2. First, you'll get some warm-up exercises around the topic of creativity (15 minutes).
  3. Next, you'll go through a complete yoga practice led by Josefine, who runs SEF and is giving weekly yoga workshops (45 minutes). Eventually, we invite you the final
  4. creativity exercise and reflect upon your experience (30 minutes / stay for networking afterwards).

Who should join:

  • curious persons who want to reflect on their creative lifestyle
  • yogis that are open for new insights
  • those looking for an energising after work format to exercise body and mind
  • people members interested in SEF, Creativity Gym or both communities
  • all that want to get to meet likeminded creative, curious and mindful people

Important: we open doors 20 minutes before the workout. Join us early, introduce yourself and find out who else is here. To avoid disturbance during the workout, you cannot participate once the workout has started. 

The exercises will also give us plenty of topics to chat about while we enjoy an after-work drink. It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, your downward facing dogs & your mind. The only thing you need is your favorite pen, your yoga mat and comfy / sporty cloths. 

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Creative Problem Solving
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Problem Solving

One way to think about creativity is the ability to solve problems in a novel and appropriate way. However, it is not always easy to generate novel and desirable ideas. The challenge is that thinking creatively requires you to change how you think. And this shift needs to be trained. And this is exactly what will happen in this community workout.

This workout is one of our 'classics'. We'll focus on creative problem solving by tackling little challenges. Each challenge will force you to leave conventional thinking paths. After this workout you will feel more comfortable to use creative thinking styles in your job, in your hobby or in your everyday life. 

Who should join:

  • people who try to solve difficult problems in their job or privatley
  • people who would like to train creative thinking styles
  • people who want to enjoy an after work drink while exercising their creative muscle
  • people interested in creativity, design and innovation

Tip: we use the first 10 minutes to introduce ourselves to each other. Come on time so that you don't miss who else is there. 

The exercises will also give us plenty of topics to chat about while we enjoy an after-work drink. It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

Join us to meet like minded people, train your design skills, ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything, learn what the Creativity Gym is all about, or just have a drink with us!

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Community Workout - User Experience (UX) 101
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Community Workout - User Experience (UX) 101

Our community workouts are all about training your 'idea muscle' (aka your brain). There we train one specific creativity and/or design aspect.

This time our session focuses on User Experience Design (UX). You will practice UX principles in a quick warm-up exercise and solve a UX challenge during a game of "(Anti) UX". Sounds fun? It is; promise!

This particular community workout is perfect for UX Beginners since we'll train the UX design mindset rather than a certain skill or technique. It's also interesting for seasoned designers since you flex your creative muscle in an unconventional way. 

Also, you'll hear a short input on a certain creativity/design aspect (e.g. curiosity, habits, motivation, idea generating advanced, ...) at the end. Eventually we have time to chat about our projects and creative endeavors in our everyday life.

    It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

    The rundown (60 minutes workout + 30 minutes optional community meet'n'greet):

    • Intro (10 minutes) - Don't be late or you won't hear who participates
    • Warm-up exercise (5-10 minutes)
    • Workout, workout, workout (30 minutes)
    • Short input from us on one creativity aspect (5-10 minutes)
    • Optional: Cool-down aka. chatting over a drink (30 minutes or more)

    Join us if you want to:

    • meet like minded people
    • regain creative confidence and learn design tools
    • exercise your UX design mindest
    • ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything
    • learn what the Creativity Gym is all about
    • have a relaxing, fun after-work drink in an unconventional atmosphere

    After the session you'll see products and services in a new light – Promise!

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    Community Workout
    Sep
    20
    6:30 PM18:30

    Community Workout

    Our community workouts are all about training your 'idea muscle' (aka your brain). Being confident in generating ideas will help you with being creative in everyday life. It also will allow you to see more opportunities for solutions. 

    In our community workouts we focus on one idea generation technique and practice it with a few simple exercises. By the end of the workout, you will have generated a double-digit number of ideas (alone and with others) and learned about how you can implement those techniques into your daily routine.

    Also, you'll always hear a short input on a certain creativity aspect (e.g. curiosity, habits, motivation, idea generating advanced, ...). Eventually we have time to chat about our projects and creative endeavors in our everyday life.

      It will be relaxed and easygoing, much fun, yet you’ll train creativity, design skills & idea muscle. The only thing you need is your favorite pen.

      The rundown (60 minutes workout + 30 minutes optional community meet'n'greet):

      • Intro (10 minutes) - Don't be late or you won't hear who participates
      • Warm-up exercise (5-10 minutes)
      • Workout, workout, workout (30 minutes)
      • Short input from us on one creativity aspect (5-10 minutes)
      • Optional: Cool-down aka. chatting over a drink (30 minutes or more)

      Join us if you want to:

      • meet like minded people
      • regain creative confidence and learn design tools
      • exercise your skills if you know the particular technique
      • ask for advice or feedback on anything and everything
      • learn what the Creativity Gym is all about
      • have a relaxing after-work drink in an unconventional atmosphere

      After the session you'll be more confident in generating ideas – Promise!

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      Graphic Design Basics for "Non-Designers"
      Jul
      11
      6:00 AM06:00

      Graphic Design Basics for "Non-Designers"

      Although design is not reserved to how it looks like, some graphic design basics aren't bad either. In this session you will exercise some basic graphic design concepts that can help you to build up creative confidence and enhance your (visual) problem solving skills.

      The rundown

      The first fifteen minutes are reserved for introduction. Who is here and what's their background? If you miss that, you won't know who is at the table :)

      Before we start to flex our creative muscles, we will hear some insights from Harald Palma, a designer who started with graphic design 20 years ago. He will share his experiences and tips in a 20 minutes kick-off. This is a premier a Creativity Gym premier and we are happy to have an external expert with us.

      After that, you will first learn about 3 basic graphic design concepts and apply them right away in 2 or 3 exercises. Specifically you will learn about: (a)symmetry, scale, hierarchy and grids (and maybe framing). You will see that you can already achieve a lot by applying those basics. You do not need any particular graphical skills. The focus is on basic techniques that are easy to learn and to apply right away.

      Bring your favorite pens or pencils in 2-3 different weights and/or colors and you are set. If you want to bring your laptop (Word and Powerpoint are enough) for more diverse experiments. 

      The input and exercises should take around 60 minutes.

      You start into your evening with new visual skills and the great feeling of having flexed your creative muscles. The class is not designed for seasoned (graphic) designers since we really cover some basics.

      Your creative coaches for this evening

      Harald Palma, founder of palmadesign and seasoned graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience. Studied at the Graphische followed by studies in graphic design. Freelancing in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Vienna.

      Stephan Kardos, founder of the Creativity Gym and an autodidact Designer who acquired his graphic design skills in various self-started projects, developed those ever since and even designed a card game once. 

      In a nutshell

      Fun, relaxed, easy going yet you’ll learn new design techniques that can help you professionally or personally while meeting like-minded people.

      Why Graphic Design Basics?

      While well designed graphical work is a craft and art that demands continuous practice to master, everybody can learn and apply graphic basics. Improved graphic skills can help in many areas, private and professional. From the enhanced powerpoint presentation, over confidence to get started with this visual project you had in mind to enhanced visual problem solving skills. Everybody can benefit from a basic understanding of visual language.

      CU Soon :)

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      Design Research Essentials: Interviewing and Observation
      May
      16
      6:00 PM18:00

      Design Research Essentials: Interviewing and Observation

      Design is as much problem understanding as it is problem solving. In this session you will learn and practice two handy design research tools: interviewing and observing. Both can help you to understand the people you design for.

      The rundown

      The first fifteen minutes are reserved for introduction. Who is here and what's their background? If you miss that, you won't know who is at the table :)

      Then we'll first give you a rough introduction on the topic of design research. We'll start with two mini-tasks as warm-up; one for interviewing and another for observation. After that you will practice your your newly acquired knowledge over two more demanding tasks. This should take an hour.

      Eventually, we'll chat about our design research experiences while enjoying an after-work drink. You end your working day with a new design skill and the great feeling of having flexed your creative muscles.

      In a nutshell

      Fun, relaxed, easy going yet you’ll learn a new design tool that can help you professionally or personally while meeting like-minded people.

      Why Design Research?

      Deep understanding the people you design for is key to come up with an insightful solution to a challenge, a problem or an opportunity. Designers use many tools to learn more about people's motivations, habits, behaviours and needs. Face-to-face interviews as well as observation are surely among the essential tools of a designer. It's also perfect for freelancers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, people with a creative project in mind or curious individuals eager to exercise their design muscle.

      CU Soon :)

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      OpenIDEO Vienna Chapter Event
      Mar
      30
      6:30 PM18:30

      OpenIDEO Vienna Chapter Event

      Hey Human Centered Design Fans! 

      The next OpenIDEO Chapter Meeting is mainly about highlighting different challenges around us. We'd love to see and discuss what you perceive as a challenge in our community. This helps us to set out our next steps and you to learn about Design Based approaches and our OpenIDEO chapter in Vienna.

      If you like to join this event, please sign up via mail: hello@creativitygym.at - we have limited space for 20 participants.

      For this next OpenIDEO meeting we ask you to bring a challenge that affects you or/and your community. It could for example look like this:

      In my community I see the callenge of __, because___.

      (bring a picture or two(on your smartphone) If you think you can show that challenge in a better way).


      Open Agenda

      1. Intro & Icebreaker
      2. Skill to go - Interviewing. We are hoping to gain more experience with the interview process, and further learn how to ask the right questions.
      3. Challenge - what are the challenges around us? The goal with this activity is to give you a perspective on where challenges and impact can start if you empathize
      4. Networking around a drink

      We will meet at the WU Gründerzentrum from 6:30-8:30pm.

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      OpenIDEO Vienna Meetup 'Meet & Greet'
      Feb
      17
      6:00 PM18:00

      OpenIDEO Vienna Meetup 'Meet & Greet'

      OpenIDEO Meetup is a volunteer open innovation collaborative. We solve big challenges for social good. In local meetups we connect for deep-dive brainstorms, prototype sessions and collaborative opportunities around past or present challenges on the OpenIDEO platform. Sometimes it's also about just meeting up like minded people and exchange ideas in an inspiring environment. Everybody is welcome: students, (UX) designers, Entrepreneurs, professionals, ...

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      Storytelling | Storysharing
      Sep
      19
      10:00 AM10:00

      Storytelling | Storysharing

      Once more storytelling - but it's a special this time

      This class is co-created with Magdas Hotel within their program "magdas mitgestalten". Registration is solely possible under office@magdas.at and participation requires a confirmation e-mail. The number of participants is limited to 15 people (first come, first serve). The workshop is held in German this time.

      The rundown:

      This time we'll meet Saturday at an awesome place and you'll hear a short intro on storytelling. After some warm-up story-telling games you'll work on a mini-story. Eventually you can share your creation with other participants while enjoying a coffee or refreshment.

      In this workout you kick-off the weekend with lots of inspiration, a new skill and a fun morning.

      Location:

      This time our workout takes place at Magdas Hotel either in their lobby bar or in their lovely garden.

      In a nutshell:

      Fun, relaxed, easy going yet you’ll train creativity and storytelling skills while meeting like-minded people.

      Why storytelling?

      Storytelling has undisputed power to touch us deeply and connect us with others. It is very natural to humans and we make use of this art since the first prehistoric cave paintings. Even if you don't notice, we use stories everywhere in our lives and with some training you'll be able to tell more compelling stories and use stories in a more conscious way.

      Details

      Find the event information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/985290311510666/

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