Posted by: Liz Massey | June 25, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for June 25, 2010

Photo courtesy SXC.

Jan Phillips: What Is Creativity Anyway?
An excellent, brief article about creative potential by artist, author and workshop leader Jan Phillips. She notes: “The question to ask is not, ‘Am I creative?’ but rather, ‘What inspires me to create?'”

With Sketchbook for iPhone, Autodesk Wants to Democratize High-Tech Design
Amar Hanspal, Autodesk’s SVP of emerging business, discusses why this manufacturer of high-end design programs for professionals is investing in applications for laypersons on the iPhone and iPad.

BBC News – Creative minds ‘mimic schizophrenia’
Report on a study by Associate Professor Fredrik Ullen of Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, who has found that creative people, like schizophrenics, tend to have a lower than expected density of D2 receptors in the thalamus, which results in less “signal filtering” to the brain and more chances for novel associations being formed.

Creative Problem Solving Basics
Jeffrey Baumgartner, writing in his Report 103 newsletter, provides an excellent high-level overview of the creative problem-solving process for business.

Coaching Toys Catalog
This catalog, aimed at life coaches but applicable to many other folks, has lots of tools for prompting fresh thought, from “Enrichuals” cards to stimulate creativity to several activity kits based on Edward de Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats” approach.

Cooper-Hewitt Asks: Can Designers Save the World?
A slideshow from FastCompany.com. The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum recently unwrapped its National Design Triennial, an omnibus exhibition. And this time, it’s titled “Why Design Now,” and packed with 134 projects that aim to fix the world’s problems.

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