Elementor #1542

Exploring with Metaphors

Trying it out


Metaphors for creative problem-solving

Metaphor mapping

Explore a problem by mapping our potential dominant metaphors. For instance, you might view an organization as a ”family” or an ”ecosystem”. This approach can bring a common frame of reference for a group of problem solvers, make conflicting ideas visible, and can facilitate innovative idea generation.

Metaphor transfer

Explore metaphors from different domains and transfer them to your problem domain. Ask yourself ”What if we viewed this problem through a different metaphor?”. By borrowing metaphors from other areas, you can break out of traditional thinking patterns and open up new possibilities for exploring and solving a problem. For instance, if you’re stuck on a design problem, you might consider metaphors from nature, music, or sports to spark new perspectives.

Reverse metaphors

Challenge the conventional use of metaphors in a domain by intentionally reversing them. This can help break down assumptions and encourage unconventional thinking. For example, if a problem is commonly associated with a ”battle” metaphor, explore what it would mean to reverse it and use e.g. ”dance” as a metaphor instead.

Sensory metaphors

Engage your senses and explore metaphors that evoke sensory experiences related to the problem – for example, metaphors related to touch, taste, smell, or sound. These sensory metaphors can inspire innovative ideas and enhance the user experience.

Metaphor storming

Adapt the concept of brainstorming to metaphor generation. Gather a group of people and encourage them to generate as many metaphors as possible related to the problem at hand. Then group and discuss the different metaphors. This exercise can cultivate a creative environment and help inspire innovative solutions by exploring various metaphorical lenses.

Metaphor resources?

The New metaphors toolkit