Best Practices in Generating Creative Ideas Among Asia Pacific Students

  • Marzuki Ibrahim, M. Hisham Omar, Imran Abdullah


Creativity is an in  disposable asset for a developing country like our nation Malaysia, even though literature reviews have shown that we still have a lot of work to do on this issue. To make matters worse, Malaysia ranked at the bottom of the Global Creativity Index and Global Creative Class lists. Considering these facts, this work was proposed with the main objective of highlighting the best practices in generating creative ideas during the design process employed by Asia Pacific countries of Japan, Korea and Taiwan. This paper compounded relevant findings from several prior research, direct observations, and recent literature reviews. As an accompaniment to the 12 visual examples of furniture creative design ideas, a Creativity Comparison Analysis based on the four key indexes of the Figural Test, namely Originality, Fluency, Flexibility and Elaboration was provided to describe the comparative and cross-references of these three selected countries. The data collected was then compiled into a study result, followed by a set of recommendations. This paper proposed the adaptation of creativity aspects deemed suitable for Malaysia. It is also hoped that these recommendations will enable higher learning institutions directly involved in the art or design field to upgrade, update, amend or possibly carry out current curriculum restructurings in a bid to remain relevant not only in Malaysia but also in international recognition.