Crazy 8s sketching

Use this quick-fire sketching exercise to get the creative juices flowing!

Best For

Awakening creativity!

When to Use

At the start of an ideation workshop

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Crazy 8's is a design sprint exercise, but it can be used at any time - to bring some creative energy into a workshop, or even just to use something different to sticky notes!

This exercise gets people to sketch 8 concepts in 8 minutes. Sounds tough but the key to this is simple sketches, anyone can do it!

How to runs a Crazy 8s exercise

  1. Introduce the exercise to the team and the topic you want them to draw concepts for. Stress that this is not a design skills competition, but will help get all their great ideas out into the world!
  2. Start the timer and get sketching!
  3. Call out each minute, so participants can stay on track to complete all eight sketches.
  4. Once time is up, depending on the exercise purpose, you may want each person to select their top 3 ideas/sketches and present them to the team.
Tips for Crazy 8s
  • Use the marker pen to sketch
  • If your group is not used to sketching, it may help to run a pre-workshop sketching lesson - show how to draw key shapes - e.g. boxes, arrows, smiley faces, triangles and circles.

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