Creativity Challenges

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

Terrific TLA's

Friday, 29 June 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

SwirlAcronyms are interesting things.  Just about every area has them but one area that particularly likes them is the IT sector.  You may have heard of a TLA or Three Letter Acronym.  The computer world is full of them and some of them are bordering on the realm of silly.  For instance have you ever heard of an AMD?  An Air Movement Device (or fan for short),  Or FUBAR - Fouled Up, Beyond All Repair.


Lines and Dots Triptych

Friday, 22 June 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

TriptychA key component in really unleashing your creativity is understanding what it is that you are trying to do or achieve.  It's an area that is easy to get lost in.  To go down the wrong path.  To not see the forest for the trees, as the saying goes.  This weeks creativity challenge is a fun little activity that will help you break down anything into a very simple representation.  A great way to get a fresh perspective on the topic.


Create a Maze Solver

Friday, 15 June 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

MazeThis weeks challenge is, well, a little bit challenging.  You're going to have to think, quite a bit, and there'll probably be a fair bit of trial and error.  But you'll also have some fun.  We often think of creativity in terms of creating brilliant artwork.  Creativity is also, however, very useful when it comes to solving problems.  In fact,  creativity applied to problem solving is one of the most valuable ways it can be used.  So let's dive in and get started.


Wordle like Random Word Clouds

Friday, 08 June 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Word CloudWord Clouds are an interesting concept made popular by the website Wordle.  There are now quite a few others out there and they can be quite fun to play with.  I encourage you to have a go.  Our minds are visual in nature and yet a lot of the information we have to work with is textual in nature.  Anything we can do to change that is an advantage.  This weeks challenge is a slightly different type of word cloud.


Book Spine Poetry

Friday, 01 June 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Book Spine PoetryWe live in a world of ever growing complexity.  My phone now has more power and features than my computer used to have 10 years ago.  My local supermarket has more breakfast cereals than I'm sure we need and even more types of milk to put on top of it.  Yet the simple things in life still remain the best.  I came across this simple yet fun activity with plenty of possibility for creativity and figured it just had to be one of our creativity challenges.


Game of Life

Friday, 25 May 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Gosper Glider Gun - Game of LifeA common pattern is nature is that the simplest of situations can have the most complex and intriguing interactions.  This can be a fertile ground for creative thinking.  The simplicity often leads to a great deal of freedom that we can take advantage of.  Our creativity takes over and it is up to us to craft a scenario that does interesting things.  This weeks challenge involves creating a scenario and then watching how it evolves into something that is so much more.


Random Scavenger Hunt

Friday, 18 May 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

bagEverything around us can be viewed from several perspectives.  The more you can pick up on these perspectives, the easier it will become to see opportunities.  Another aspect which hinders our ability to see these perspectives is routine.  Once things become routine we tend to go onto autopilot and we just don't think to look beyond the obvious.  This weeks challenge aims to change that.


Creative Combinations

Friday, 11 May 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

MastermindCreativity often involves combining things in interesting, and often unexptected, ways to create new outcomes that are useful to us.  Sometimes your inspiration for this will come from a desive to solve a problem or to make your life easier in some way.  Sometimes it is an idea that comes from a chance observation or that so called 'light bulb' moment.  Another avenue, one that we should be encouraging, is when these ideas come from deliberate play.  So let's dive in.


10 Patterns You've Never Seen Before

Friday, 04 May 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

SwirlPatterns are all around us.  They are a fundamental characteristic of the universe and there is a great deal of advantage in being able to discover and observe them.  As such, this weeks challenge centers around building our ability to observe the interesting patterns that surround us but that we do not see.  Doing so will be a great boost in your journey to become a highly creative person.


Your Creative Todo List

Friday, 27 April 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Todo ListSometimes we just need a little kick start to get us going.  Sometimes we just need a bit of fun.  Sometimes it all begins when you're least expecting it.  This weeks challenge aims to get you doing things you probably didn't think you would be this week.  But that's ok because you're creative and out of the ordinary is par for the course as far as you're concerned.  So dive in and let's get started.


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.



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.


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