Creativity Challenges

Put your creative thinking into practice with these fun activities.  Come back regularly.  A new creativity challenge is released every Friday.



Awesomify Your Avatar

Friday, 20 April 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CrazyI'm willing to be that a fair number of you have accounts on various websites (hopefully this one included).  And part of that account will include an avatar,  an image or icon that represents you.  It's surprising how many of them are pretty average.  I suppose a lot of people just chuck any old picture up and then don't give it another thought.  Well that avatar can and should say a lot about you so this weeks challenge is going to tackle this pressing issue.

 

Your own MicroNation

Friday, 13 April 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

MapWell well well. It's Friday 13th.  A day that is typically considered to be one of bad luck and misfortune.  What better day to begin a grand adventure.  There are many ideas out there that at first glance seem quite crazy.  This weeks challenge involves one that I thought was silly to the Nth degree when I first heard of it.  Then I discovered that many people have actually undertaken it, and had quite a bit of fun with it.

 

Project Global Creativity

Friday, 06 April 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

WorldThis weeks challenge is of epic proportions.  When you're project can enlist the excitement of many others it takes on an energy that propels it forward.  Ideas that seem silly or impossible become doable and great once you aplify the goal.  With that in mind, this weeks challenge is an experiment to see just how big we can go.  I'm going to need the help of many so be prepared to spread the word.

 

Alternate You

Friday, 30 March 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Alternate youThis weeks challenge is something you may have done before.  Never the less, it is one that I find fun to return to every now and then.  It's a simple little activity that can show you just how much is out there.  The world is a huge place and is full of interesting things.  Let's see just how big the world really is.  Read on to find out what this weeks creativity challenge is.

 

Do Something Different Day

Thursday, 22 March 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CalendarAre you stuck in a rut?  Wish your life was more exciting?  Really want to launch your creativity?  Read on my dear friend as this weeks creativity challenge is just what you need.  They say variety is the spice of life.   So let's sprinkle a healthy dose of variety over your life and see what happens.  I dare you to take up this challenge and see where it gets you.

 

Creative Rasterisation

Friday, 16 March 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CameraMaking things big can have a big impact.  It makes things stand out.  It makes the normal, exciting.  This weeks challenge is going to ask you to blow things out of proportion.  See how it changes your perspective.  The aim is to go as big as possible.  It's a simple project that has the potential for a lot of creativity so make sure you experiment and explore different possibilities.

 

Noticing

Friday, 09 March 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

ObservationSherlock Holmes was able to deduce a lot about you by noticing a series of minor details and piecing them together to create an overall bigger picture.  A nifty skill to have but can we really do this in real life?  Wouldn't it be great to meet someone for the first time and immediately know what they ate for breakfast and what they got up to last week.  Or to walk into a room and have all it's occupants sussed out in an instant.  This weeks challenge is to see if it's possible.

 

Create a Magic Trick

Friday, 02 March 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Magic WandThere is a particular bunch of people that are particularly creative.  The problem is that they are also particularly secretive.  Magicians.  A good magician is able to amaze and entertain and their act is creative in many ways.  Not only the mechanism of the trick but also the delivery and the banter that goes along with it to create the overall exerpience and illusion.  It's a lot of fun but does require practice, skill and creativity.

 

Interesting Perspectives

Friday, 24 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CameraIt's easy to lose sight of the big picture.  To not see the forest for the trees.  To catch the train but forget your stop.  When you get caught up in the details you become really focused and you can forget about what you're really trying to achieve.  Not the best as far as creative thinking is concerned.  This weeks challenge is a fun way to help get you back into the open.

 

Creative Greek Gods

Friday, 17 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

ZeusGreece may be having a few financial problems at the moment but back in the day Greece was a powerhouse.  And a lot of their power came from the gods.  The Greeks had quite a list that covered anything and everything,  from Chaos, the God of nothingness from which all else sprang,  to Apheleia, the spirit of simplicity.  To concoct such a large and detailed web of supernatural power was quite a feat of creativity.

 

Your Own Superbowl Ad

Friday, 10 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Superbowl advertThe Superbowl is one of the most watched events in America.  It is also gaining traction in the rest of the world as well.  This presents one huge opportunity to get your message out to a whole stack of people.  So it's not surprising that the adverts shown during this event get huge attention.  Businesses go to great lengths to make sure their ads are interesting, memorable and get the message across or make the brand stick in your mind.  This is the basis of this weeks challenge.

 

Creative Improv

Friday, 03 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CollaborationSometimes really good creative thinking happens when you just let things flow. But this is not easy for a lot of us.  We have this desire to plan things, to know what's going to happen and in what order.  So this weeks challenge is an exercies in just letting things flow.  You may need to try it a few times before you get the hang of it but it can be a powerful tool once you've got it down.

 

Hidden Words Backwards

Friday, 27 January 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

BackwardsOne aspect of creativity is seeing things from different perspectives.  Seeing the things that are right in front of us, the things that are obvious, but that we don't see as we don't realise they are what we are looking for.  This weeks challenge is a fun way to develop this side of creativity.  You will already know the answer,  it's just that you don't yet know that it is the answer.

 

Memory Challenge

Friday, 20 January 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

An elephant never forgetsNo doubt your just getting back into the swing of things after a couple weeks rest and relaxation (or if your Christmas and New Years was like ours it's been anything but).  This weeks creativity challenge accordingly is useful and fun but not too taxing.  This week we're going to experiment with strategies to improve your memory.  We have to remember things all the time and the better we can do it the easier our lives can be.

 

Merry Xmas Cya in the New Year

Friday, 23 December 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

North PoleWell guys and gals,  that's it for 2011 for us.  Merry Christmas and hoping you have a terrific new year.  We've had a great time in 2011 bringing creativity to you and trust that you've enjoyed it too.  We'll be back on-line on Monday 16th January and we've got some awesome stuff lined up for you.  So enjoy the silly season,  have fun and be creative.  All the best,  From Ryan.

 

Give up Email

Friday, 16 December 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

EmailWith the Christmas season upon things tend to get a little crazy.  Santa may have a list and be checking it twice but no doubt you also have a list and don't have the luxury of checking it twice.  What with buying presents, organising cards, attending parties and what not life has probably got a bit hectic.  By the way,  if you are finding your list getting a bit unwieldly our list manager may help.  But anyways,  we're getting side tracked.  Read on to discover this weeks challenge that will help you simplify a bit.

 

Most Profound Tweet

Friday, 09 December 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

TwitterInspiration can be a powerful thing.  It can provide us with ideas and it can motivate us to act on those ideas.  So anything that encourages us to seek out inspiration has to be a good thing.  The inspiration we're seeking this week is of the condensed form.  You'll gain just as much in how you track down this inspiration as you should in what it gives you as well.  Read on to find out what your challenge will be this week.

 

Team Glory

Friday, 02 December 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Most CreativeThis weeks challenge is a simple social experiment.  It's harmless fun and a simple way for you to see how creative you can be in terms of recuiting others to join your cause.  A great skill to have as your project has more chance of success if you can get a great following behind you.  The game is open to everyone and anyone and you can recuit people in whatever way you like.  Read on to see the rules for scoring and then dive in and get started.

 

Post-it Note Inspiration

Friday, 25 November 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

be creativeHow often have you had an awesome idea come to you out of the blue?  Probably abotu something you were thinking about earlier.  Maybe a few hours earlier.  Maybe a few days earlier.  Our minds work in weird and wonderful ways and one of those characteristics is that awesome ideas take time.  Ideas typically come from mixing and matching connections between all the different things we have floating around inside our heads.  This weeks challenge aims to help that along.

 

Two Thirds of Average

Friday, 18 November 2011   |   Creativity Challenges

Two thirds of AverageThis weeks challenge is an experiment in how people think about how people think.  Thinking about how others will act and behave under certain circumstances can help in the creative process.  It may lead to inspiration for new ways to go about doing things or it could introduce new possibilities.  It tends to be quite a hard thing to do however.  Most people probably think quite differently to you.

 
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