Our schedule picked back up and I haven’t had much time to write the next Biz Note. I’m still re-reading ThinkerToys by Michael Michalko–a handbook that provides unconventional exercises for creatives when approaching problems.
Another approach to pushing your creativity:
Separate It–This is the technique that I use quite often. Take descriptive attributes of your “problem” and separate them from each other. This will allow you to concentrate on a specific attribute–breaking stereotypes and finding ways of changing it. List all the attributes and then combine or pair them up to create a new unusual idea. I sometimes will take a break and come back to make another list of attributes and then cross-breed that list with my other lists. It truly works.
Most everything that is new or groundbreaking is an addition or an alteration of something that already exists.
Books to Read: ThinkerToys
Next Creative Biz Note #22—Wacom’s Cintiq–Is It Worthy?