Essential Resources for Creativity (163 techniques + 30 tips + books!)


Creativity and innovation thinking are topics that I have been searching recently. Below are those couple of sites’ resource links + some related recommended books that related to creativity and innovation. Techniques (163 of them!) by Mycoted should help you with creative thinking – those are the toolbox for you when you get stuck on developing your ideas.

Tips on Creativity by Gaping void is a list of how to be creative. This is the initial list for understanding what is creative and what are the ways you can gain creativity.

Finally I have gathered some references on books and audiobooks which are great for references on this topic.

Here are the lists:

“There are many definitions of creativity, from my favourite above, to dictionary definitions such as “originality of thought” (Collins English Dictionary). Personally I believe we are all creative, we all have original thoughts and ideas, although for many the action of expressing those creative thoughts has been trained out of us over the years.” – Mycoted

Creativity Techniques:

  1. Alternative Scenarios
  2. Analogies
  3. Analysis of Interactive Decision Areas (AIDA)
  4. Anonymous voting
  5. Assumption surfacing
  6. Attribute listing (and variants)
  7. Backward Forward Planning
  8. Boundary examination
  9. Boundary relaxation
  10. Brainstorming
  11. Brain sketching
  12. Brain Writing
  13. Brain writing 6-3-5
  14. Brain writing game
  15. Brain writing pool
  16. Browsing
  17. Brutethink
  18. Bug listing
  19. Bullet proofing
  20. Bunches of bananas
  21. Card story boards
  22. CATWOE
  23. Charrette
  24. Cherry Split
  25. Circle of Opportunity
  26. Clarification
  27. Classic Brainstorming
  28. Collective notebook (CNB)
  29. Comparison tables
  30. Component detailing
  31. Concept Fan
  32. Consensus mapping
  33. Constrained brain writing
  34. Contradiction Analysis
  35. Controlling imagery
  36. Crawford slip writing
  37. Creative problem solving (CPS)
  38. Advertising
  39. Criteria for idea-finding potential
  40. Critical path diagrams (CPD)
  41. Decision seminar
  42. Delphi
  43. DO IT
  44. Dialectical approaches
  45. Dimensional analysis
  46. Drawing
  47. Estimate-discuss -estimate
  48. Exaggeration (magnify or minify)
  49. Excursions
  50. Factors in ‘selling’ ideas
  51. False Faces
  52. Fishbone diagram
  53. Five W’s and H
  54. Flow charts for action planning
  55. Focus groups
  56. Focusing
  57. Force-field analysis
  58. Force-fit game
  59. Free association
  60. ‘Fresh eye’ and networking
  61. Gallery method
  62. Gap analysis
  63. Goal orientation
  64. Greetings cards
  65. Help, hinder
  66. Heuristic ideation technique (HIT)
  67. Highlighting
  68. Idea advocate
  69. Imagery for answering questions
  70. Imagery manipulation
  71. Imaginary Brainstorming
  72. Implementation checklists
  73. Improved nominal group technique
  74. Interpretive structural modeling
  75. Keeping a dream diary
  76. Kepner and Tregoe’s method
  77. KJ-method
  78. Laddering
  79. Lateral Thinking
  80. Listing
  81. Listing pros and cons
  82. Metaplan information market
  83. Mind mapping
  84. Morphological analysis
  85. Morphological Forced Connections
  86. Multiple redefinition
  87. Negative brainstorming
  88. Nominal group technique (NGT)
  89. Nominal-interacting technique
  90. Notebook
  91. Observer and merged viewpoints
  92. Osborn’s checklist
  93. Other people’s definitions
  94. Other people’s viewpoints
  95. Paired comparison
  96. Panel consensus
  97. Paraphrasing key words
  98. Personal balance-sheet
  99. Phases of integrated problem solving (PIPS)
  100. Pictures as idea triggers
  101. Pin cards
  102. PMI (Plus, Minus, Interaction)
  103. Plan Do Check Act (PDCA)
  104. Plusses, potentials and concerns
  105. Potential-problem analysis (PPA)
  106. Preliminary questions
  107. Problem-centred leadership (PCL)
  108. Problem Reversal
  109. Progressive hurdles
  110. Progressive revelation
  111. Provocation
  112. Q-sort
  113. Quality circles
  114. Random stimuli of various kinds
  115. Rawlinson Brainstorming
  116. Receptivity to ideas
  117. Reframing values
  118. Relational words
  119. Relaxation
  120. Reversals
  121. Role storming
  122. 7-Step Model
  124. SCAMPER
  125. Sculptures
  126. Search conference
  127. Sequential-attributes matrix
  128. Similarities and Differences
  129. Simple rating methods
  130. Simplex
  131. Six Thinking Hats
  132. Slice and Dice
  133. Snowball technique
  134. Stakeholder analysis
  135. Sticking dots
  136. Stimulus analysis
  137. Story writing
  138. Strategic assumption testing
  139. Strategic choice approach
  140. Advertising
  141. Strategic management process
  142. Strategic Options Development and Analysis (SODA)
  143. Successive element integration
  144. Super Group®
  145. Super heroes
  146. SWOT Analysis
  147. Synectics
  148. Systematized Direct Induction (SDI)
  149. Technology Monitoring
  150. Think Tank
  151. TILMAG
  152. Transactional planning
  153. Trigger Sessions
  154. Trigger method
  155. TRIZ
  156. Using ‘crazy’ ideas
  157. Using experts
  158. Value brainstorming
  159. Value engineering
  160. Visual brainstorming
  161. Visualising a goal
  162. Who are you?
  163. ‘Why?’ etc. – repeatable questions
  164. Wishing
  165. Working with dreams and images
“”Creative” is one of those annoying words that means little, simply because it means so many different things to different people. I make no claim to have a better definition of “creative” than anyone else.” – Hugh Macleod

Tips to be creative:

  1. Ignore everybody.
  2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to change the world.
  3. Put the hours in.
  4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
  5. You are responsible for your own experience.
  6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
  7. Keep your day job.
  8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
  9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
  10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
  11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.
  12. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.
  13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
  14. Dying young is overrated.
  15. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.
  16. Advertising
  17. The world is changing.
  18. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
  19. Avoid the Watercooler Gang.
  20. Sing in your own voice.
  21. 20. The choice of media is irrelevant.
  22. Selling out is harder than it looks.
  23. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
  24. Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.
  25. Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.
  26. You have to find your own schtick.
  27. Write from the heart.
  28. The best way to get approval is not to need it.
  29. Power is never given. Power is taken.
  30. Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.
  31. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.

Reference Links:
Creativity Techniques – [Mycoted]
How to be Creative (latest version) – [gapingvoid]
Audio Books:
The Breakout Principle: Maximize Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity and Personal Well-Being


Recommend Books:
A WHACK ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD : How You Can Be More Creative
Why Didn’t I Think of That? Think the Unthinkable and Achieve Creative Greatness
Planning Under Pressure: The Strategic Choice Approach (Urban and Regional Planning Series, Volume 37)
Broken Crayons: Break Your Crayons and Draw Outside the Lines
Strategies of Genius, Volume One, Volume Two
Techniques of Structured Problem Solving (General Business & Business Ed.)
Thinkertoys (A Handbook of Business Creativity)

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