Sunday, April 08, 2007

5 Great Tools for Generating Ideas

Having trouble coming up with ideas for your latest project? Here is a list of resources that are helpful for generating ideas, or coming up with creative new solutions to problems.

This is a classic little book on spurring creativity. This is also the author of A Kick in the Seat of the Pants


An illustrated deck of 64 creative thinking strategies. You might also be interested in Innovative Whack Pack



Learn to think like one of the most creative minds of all time! They also publish a workbook for this called The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook: Your Personal Companion to How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci



Though he was never a good student, Einstein was wildly creative in his approach to problem-solving. He once said that creativity is more important than knowledge.


This is a physical object you interact with to create ideas. I'm not entirely sure how you use it, but it is such a different approach to creativity I can't help but believe it would help you come up with ideas.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jeane Goforth said...

I'm reading "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. His discussion of 'resistance' will find resonance in any creative person and may help get past those blocks we all come up against.

April 9, 2007 at 4:12 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...

jeane goforth,

I've read The Art of War by Sun Tzu, but not The War of Art!

Great suggestion! I'll add it to my reading list.


Thanks for the tip,

Dug

April 9, 2007 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...

A great tool for getting past roadblocks to cretivity is a set of cards created by musician/producer Brian Eno.

The orignal cards are hard to get and can be rather expensive ($200 at times).

There are a few online version that are free:
Oblique Strategies 1
Oblique Strategies 2
Oblique Strategies 3

Pick a card and ponder...

Dug

April 9, 2007 at 7:35 AM  

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