Flip the page over, left to right so that the fold created in step 12 is down against the work surface and the angled edge is at the top and left and the square end (now possibly with the protuding tail of the wing created in step 12, depending upon the length-to-width proportions of the original sheet of paper) is to the right. This fold is a mirror image of the one just completed in step 12.
The angled edge is folded down so that it is parellel to and even with the original center fold.
I’ve worked with teams and organizations on how to work together, in a more mindful and intentional way, all over the world, using the tools of Design Thinking… I quickly saw why he was such an ace teacher: Clear language. He wouldn’t say “fold your paper in half”…He would say, “Fold the paper in half, long side to long side, making a tall rectangle. And sussing all those questions out all at once gets very confusing.
Run your finger over the folded edge to make a sharp, crisp crease.” The extra words weren’t extra. With Design expanded to effect change in so many contexts, we need a better, shared language of what it means to design, since, in this definition, everyone designs.
Who benefits from the creation and use of the “it”? Creative teams, groups of people who are responsible for making things (services, experiences, products) in the world need to grapple with the What, the How and the Who of design.
Ask each group to “make a set of instructions on how to make a paper airplane.”3. Talk about what you made: What ways of explaining your work did you use? Design the conversation around making sure everyone is heard before decisions are made. Did you pause to ask what modifications might need to be made if the audience was blind or a child?
They made his communication style foolproof and flawless. If we talk without clarity, we’re understood without clarity. Let me explain…actually, grab a piece of paper and a few people and I’ll show you. This is an exercise I facilitate with teams who want to work in the same direction at the same time, instead of pulling in different directions. And secondly, how “directions” are supposed to look.
Errors and misunderstandings pile up and frustration rises. I even design conversations with…you guessed it: Conversation Design. If your team wants more positive collaboration, try this out. One of the most interesting things that happens in these ten minutes are the assumptions made about the exercise. The most important piece of information to decide in the beginning of any project is the audience.
This will hold those flaps in the proper position during flight.
Fold the right side of the page back along the center fold so the the flaps and point are exposed on the outside.