Creativity

The art of ‘naive innovation’: Tips from a tech genius on creative problem-solving

Shwetak Patel is a certified genius. The University of Washington computer science and electrical engineering professor won a 2011 MacArthur …

Computer Science

Tips for Keeping a Sketchbook or Visual Journal

There are several different contemporary terms used to describe pads of paper on which to draw, paint, write, or collect ideas or mementos. These …

Illustration

Creativity in Australian schools suppressed by onerous testing regime and crushing teacher restrictions

Once upon a time early childhood teachers used to learn singing and playing the piano, primary school teachers could study electives (and even …

Education

Want To Be More Creative And Successful? Fight The Urge To Focus

A wandering mind can be an asset if you learn how to use it.<p>In 1987, Mark Frauenfelder read an article in <i>Whole Earth Review</i> about the indie magazine revolution and thought to himself, “I’ve got to do a zine.” The next year, he and his wife started <i>Boing Boing</i>, a pop culture and technology …

How to Make Your Employees More Creative at Work

In every type of job, there is always room for creativity and innovation.<p>In every type of job, there is always room for creativity and innovation. It is not only art or technology that needs to be creative and innovative. Even in accounting there are ways to be more creative. For example; you can …

The Workplace

How To Jump Start Your Creativity When You’re Tapped Out Of Ideas

Do you ever feel like you’re tapped out of ideas?<p>I write five-hundred words a day, every day. Most of my writing covers business topics. I grapple …

Benjamin Franklin

How Spark Files Help Harness Creativity

Where there’s a spark, there’s fire.<p>But, you need the right tools to start the fire. That’s especially true when it comes to capturing your most …

Evernote

fostering-an-environment-of-creativity - GeekMom

The Broadway musical <i>Hamilton</i> is the current obsession of my sister and two nieces. Now, some families would simply play the soundtrack and sing along …

Kids

Stop Doing This One Thing To Be More Creative

When your boss micro-manages you, it hurts your creativity. But you could actually be part of the problem.<p>My last position at a large semiconductor company was one of the most fun assignments I ever had. I was responsible for seeing the future, and identify opportunities for the company. The job …

Creative

15+ Online Art Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week

Learning a new skill is easier than you think. While sitting in a classroom might seem like the only option, online classes are now more popular than ever. Art, photography, and design courses are all at your fingertips with sites like Craftsy and CreativeLive. Plus, they're taught by people at the …

Learning

The Top 4 Threats to Creative Copywriting and How to Overcome Them

Copywriters know that creativity doesn't always come right when you need it. Here are four common causes of creative block--and ideas for overcoming …

Creative

Seven Mental Exercises That Can Make You A Better Thinker

"<p><i>How can one become a better thinker? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann:</b><p>Unfortunately, deep thinking isn't very common in our society. People look at television …

Canadian News

Effective Brainstorming Techniques

Brainstorming is one of the best ways to generate ideas and solve problems, alone or in a group. There’s no substitute for the free, improvisational …

Evernote

‘Madison Avenue romance’ around creativity holds ad industry back, according to R/GA and Facebook

Sentimentality towards creativity is hindering the advertising industry's progress, according to R/GA’s global chief creative officer Nick …

Advertising

The Genius of Genius – Course Studies

Perspectives on Season 1 — Einstein<p>Season 1 of NatGeo’s Genius ended this week and I just want to take a minute to say thank you. Thirteen hour long …

Albert Einstein

Sir John Hegarty and 4 Stars From Adweek’s Creative 100 on How Creativity Can Change the World – Adweek

CANNES, France—Adweek celebrated the 2017 version of our Creative 100 with an event Tuesday in Cannes, featuring a panel about storytelling with Sir …

Advertising

4 Ways to Beat Frustration in Your Writing Career

Image by Chris Devers<br>A writer named Yvonne Kohano reached out to me recently and told me this was her biggest challenge:“I’m feeling scattered. Too …

How To Overcome Creative Burnout, Become A Better Problem Solver

Creativity is a rollercoaster of fulfilment, pride, self doubt and emotional exhaustion. Some days it seems impossible to be productive, as if every …

Design

3 Ways Traveling Fuels Creativity (habits of a great leader)

It’s not that hard for today’s generation to imagine sitting in office 40 hours a week —<i> trying</i> to produce something creative.<p>But, it only works one …

Inspiration

4 Questions to Help You Reawaken Your Creativity & Imagination

<i>The extended deadline for the HOW In-House Design Awards is July 5. Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize your team’s work—because a boost of</i> …

Design

5 Ways to Instantly Get Your Creativity Back on Days When You're Burnt Out

These essential tools will help you see problems in a new light and get to creative breakthroughs faster<p>Complex problems require creative thinking. But creativity is a tricky beast; the harder you look for it, the more elusive it becomes. As Edward de Bono says, "Creativity involves breaking out of …

May these tips help you stay inspired in your boring office environment

We’ve all been there. There’s a project at work that needs to be solved, but no matter how much you rack your brain, you can’t drum up any inspiration. To get out of a creative rut, work to trigger areas of the brain not typically associated with work, and challenge yourself to think outside the …

Ann Arbor

Here's Einstein's Advice to His Son on How to Accelerate Learning

The genius offered simple, enjoyable advice to his young son on how to learn more quickly.<p>Geniuses might be distinguished by their ability to grasp incredible complexity, but that doesn't mean if you somehow managed to corner one the greatest minds in history for a chat you'd be perplexed by what …

The Brain

Fueling Creativity With the Fiercely Rebellious Joans of History

Good morning one last time from Cannes, France.<p>Creativity takes all sorts of forms, including creativity in business. There's a fine line, of course, …

Cannes Lions

The Life

Ever wondered why history’s great minds including Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, Leonardo Da Vinci, Marcus Aurelius, Charles Darwin, …

Arianna Huffington

Joe Andrew on Building a Culture to Encourage Creativity

This interview with <b>Joe Andrew</b>, global chairman of <b>Dentons</b>, a law firm, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.<p><b>Q. Tell me about your early years.</b><p><b>A.</b> I grew up in a small farming town in Indiana with great parents who cared a lot about me. After my parents got divorced, my mom managed the family …

Leadership

The Cultural Revolution and the Alien Invasion

China is known for producing many things; science fiction has not been one of them. The translator Ken Liu discusses, with <i>The New Yorker’s</i> Joshua Rothman, the breakout success of the engineer turned novelist Liu Cixin. In “The Three-Body Problem”—the first Chinese novel to win science fiction’s …

Science Fiction

Forget the insight of a lone genius – innovation is an evolving process of trial and error

Scientific discovery is popularly believed to result from the sheer genius of intellectual stars such as Darwin and Einstein. Their work is often …

Films to Catch and Skip at The Box Office This Weekend

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>Every Friday, Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office.<p>This week, Rafer tells us about "The Last Knight," the fifth movie in "Transformers" franchise, and Hollywood's …

Movies

The Pandora Approach To Problem Solving: Why Think Realistically When You Can Think Creatively?

Image: Kim Pearce<p>In Economics101 students will be taught a 'law of scarcity' and in order to avoid failure they will have to believe that human wants are unlimited but the resources used to satisfy them are limited, and it's with this scarcity mindset they will spend the rest of their time figuring …

Problem-solving