As a professor of architecture at the Budapest College of Applied Arts, Rubik was searching for ways to challenge his students; and after some experimenting in the wood shop of the university, he came out with the first prototype of his well know cube.
In regards to Ward, Finke, and Smith, Rubik is an evident creative. According to them, forming mental images leads to creativity. They state that mental images allow people to determine spatial relations and transformations. That people can manipulate objects in space with their mind and see how these objects might act. Rubik was interested in precisely these aspects of space, but was looking to represent them physically rather than just mentally - hence the Rubik's cube. It was Rubik's understanding of space and the manipulations possible that displayed his true creativity. Then, by sharing his imagination in the form of the cube, Rubik hoped to provoke thought and creativity in others.
Since his creation of the cube, Rubik has been active - he has created more puzzles, designed furniture, and become a tenured professor. However, Rubik is interested in leaving behind a different legacy. Claiming his life and success is a direct result of his education and schooling, Rubik is trying to bring opportunities to young minds. He founded the International Rubik Foundation to support talented engineers and designers, and performs lectures and tours focused on promoting education. Whether through his current efforts or from the concept created over 35 years ago, Rubik and his cube continue to inspire children to imagine space differently and engage in creative thought.