Posted by: Liz Massey | August 10, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for August 10, 2010

Photo courtesy of SXC.

Design Thinking: A Useful Myth – Core77
Contrarian-sounding post by Don Norman, author of “The Design of Everyday Things.” He asserts the myth “that designers possess some mystical, creative thought process that places them above all others in their skills at creative, groundbreaking thought” is balderdash. He also says: “Design thinking is a public relations term for good, old-fashioned creative thinking.”

Developing the Discovery Skills Of an Innovator: Observing | Good Morning Creativity
Petronela Eviaková discusses the INSEAD study released a while back that studied more than 3500 executives and innovative entrepreneurs. She focuses on one of the hallmarks that the study indicated study participants shared and gives suggestions for improving one’s powers of observation.

Report 103: Predicting the Unpredictable
Dr. Amantha Imber, founder of Inventium and the inventor of the Inventium Creative Aptitude Tool, the world’s first psychometric tool designed to measure and predict creativity at work, discusses the development of her tool and the factors that seem to influence creativity in individuals.

Nerdcore For Life
“Nerdcore For Life” is a documentary by Dan Lamoureux about nerds, geeks, dorks and the nerd-centric hip-hop they make. It has just been officially released and is now available on DVD.

Let’s Colour Project
The Let’s Colour Project is a worldwide initiative sponsored by Dulux, Dulux Valentine, Coral and Marshall paint companies to transform grey spaces with colourful paint. Project organizers are working together with local communities across the globe, partnering with volunteers to paint streets, houses, schools and squares.

The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How to Identify Them!)
Jocelyn Glei, writing on The 99 Percent blog, outlines five key qualities of particularly productive creatives and makes some recommendations for how to uncover them in potential hires, co-workers, and collaborators.

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