Should We Use Technology to Make Us More Creative?

Extensive research has shown structured approaches and technologies do more to boost creative output than to limit it.

What's in a Name?

A person’s facial appearance can be significantly influenced by their given name, according to new research, perhaps due to the existence of shared face-name prototypes.

2017 New Year's Resolution: Be More Creative

Being creative helps you become a better problem solver in all areas of your life and work.

Where Do Creative Ideas Come From?

Mankind has used patterns for thousands of years to solve problems and innovate. Learn how to reapply those patterns to anything you want to innovate.

Ways to Learn Creativity

Becoming more creative, even just a tiny bit, will enhance what you do everyday, at work, at home, or anywhere. Here's how.

You're Awesome! How Sarcasm Enhances Creativity

A sarcastic remark is a creative act. Used appropriately, it can boost the creative output of both sender and receiver.

Teaching Creativity With a Story: A Lesson From Paul Smith

Creativity is considered by many to be a rare, elusive gift only musicians or bohemian New York artists possess. Truth is everyone has the capacity to be creative.

A Creativity Prosthetic for the Mind

Regardless of where you are on the creativity scale, using cognitive patterns can boost your problem solving output.

Resistance is Futile

Innovation and resistance cannot be separated. In a real sense, they help define each other. Creative types need a way to overcome it.

The Creative Power of Thinking Big

Generate better ideas by mentally simulating the "down the road" effect of the idea. The bigger the impact you predict, the higher the quality of the idea.

Yes, there is such a thing as an ugly baby

Confirmation bias is something all humans have. But just being aware of it isn't good enough to prevent you from it. You can’t get rid of it, but there are things you can do to mitigate its effects and make better judgments.

Creativity Breeds Overconfidence

Creative types revel in their superpowers, but it can lead to overconfidence. The most creative ideas aren't necessarily the best ones. Here are five ways to avoid overconfidence bias.

Innovators: Beware the Hindsight Bias

Hindsight bias, also known as the “knew-it-all-along effect”, is the inclination to see events that have already occurred as being more predictable than they were before they took place. Hindsight bias causes you to view events as more predictable than they really are. After an event, people often believe that they knew the outcome of the event before it actually happened.

The Two Directions of Creativity

Most people think the way you create an idea is to start with a well-formed problem and then brainstorm a solution to it. What if you turned that around 180 degrees? It sounds counter-intuitive, but you really can innovate by starting with the solution and then work backwards to the problem.

Which Creativity Technique Should I Use?

SIT is a collection of five techniques and a set of principles to help generate quality ideas on demand. One of the challenges you can have is deciding which technique to use. So here are some rules of thumb to get you started.

The Creative Power of Children

Parents teach their children many things. Creativity should be one of them. A systematic approach to generating novel ideas gives parents the structure they need to do just that.

The Power of Patterns That Guide Our Thinking

Could creativity be as simple as following templates? Research dating back to 1914 shows that even primates use cognitive patterns to solve problems.

The Patterns in Creative Holiday Gifts

It's that time of year for holiday gift giving, and you may want to select gifts that have creativity patterns embedded inside them. These inventions tend to survive through time because consumers find most appealing.

The Four Creativity Archetypes

As you listen to the Voices of Creativity, see if you can spot their archetype. Who are the leading Creativity Preachers in our creativity community, for example? Also, ask yourself: what is your archetype? Which do you aspire to become? Most importantly, how will you get there?

Decluttering Innovation

People need time to innovate, but organizations tend to "tax" employees with time-wasting bureaucracy. Here's how to fight back.

Are You Sitting On the Next Big Thing?

A new study suggests that over seventy percent of us believe we are already have the next big thing, but we lack the 'know how' and resources to do something about it.

Mastering the Method of Systematic Creativity

Anyone can boost their creative output no matter where they are starting from on the creativity scale. Here is how to master five techniques to create new ideas in a systematic and predictable way.

How Patterns Boost Our Performance...Without Even Knowing It

Humans are creatures of habits, and these habits can be analyzed and codified into rules that help us perform better in many areas including creativity.

The Myth of Serendipitous Creativity

With so many successful products created through serendipity, it makes you wonder whether companies can rely on it to create breakthrough products. The answer is no. Serendipity, as a method of innovation, has a very poor track record. The number of serendipitous products is a tiny percentage of the total of all products.

How to Adjust Your Creativity Lens

You can boost your creative output by changing the resolution around a problem. Think of it like the lens on a camera. You see a completely different view by zooming closer in or by zooming far away. Changing your "lens" reveals new creative solutions.

The Six Best Books on Creativity and Innovation

Here are the classics on creativity, those books that actually teach how to do it versus those books that just talk about it. Caution: these are not “light reads,” but they’re the ones I’ve learned the most from.
Thinking Outside the Box: A Misguided Idea

Thinking Outside the Box: A Misguided Idea

The nine-dot puzzle and the phrase “thinking outside the box” became metaphors for creativity and spread like wildfire in marketing, management, psychology, the creative arts, engineering, and personal improvement circles. One problem: It's wrong.

Have You Reached Your Creative Peak?

New research that studied the peak creative output of painters suggests that the two-thirds point in our lifespans, the so-called Golden Ratio, may be the peak creative point in time. But what happens leading up to that moment? And, what do we do once we've past it?

A Creativity Lesson From Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker’s egg teaches us a powerful lesson about consumer psychology. Many other companies sell goods and services that come prepackaged. They too might be able to innovate with the Subtraction technique by taking out a key component and adding back a little activity for the consumer.

Creativity in the Non-Profit Sector

Non-profit organizations can and must apply systematic methods of innovation to survive and thrive.