13 surprisingly simple ways you can encourage creative thinking
It’s all to easy to find yourself hitting a brick wall when it comes to creativity and inspiration. Here’s how to get those creative juices flowing again!
Got creator’s block? Try these techniques for reigniting the creative fire
- Collaborate: ask three different people for their perspectives
- Pick your worst idea and see where it takes you
- Write things down – anything!
- Be a copycat and explore an existing idea in your own way
- Sit down, daydream and doodle
- Unplug from technology and just rest
- Look outside your industry and apply alternative methods to your work
- Get moving
- Go offline and seek inspiration in unexpected places
- Phone a friend
- Banish judgmental thoughts and forget about perfection
- If you’re a writer, try sketching your idea, and vice versa for visual artists
- Start again – scrap everything and think from a fresh perspective
A study by Dr Teresa Lesiuk, an assistant professor in the music therapy programme at the University of Miami, showed creativity is fostered by songs that reflect the feelings you’re trying to convey with your work. So think about what you’re creating and tune into some music that complements your message.
5 creative flicks to get your inspired
1 Frances Ha
A film that will teach you anything is possible with a big dose of enthusiasm.
2 Dior and I
An intimate look at the intensely creative mind of designer Raf Simons during his time at Christian Dior.
3 Art & Copy
A documentary profiling memorable advertising campaigns in pop culture history.
5 Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside the enigmatic world of graffiti artist Banksy.
6 Eames: The Architect and the Painter
An exploration of the creativity of Charles and Ray Eames, the husband-and-wife team widely regarded as America’s most important designers.
This originally appeared in the June/July issue of NADIA magazine.
Photography by: Getty Images.