Week 14

“Students Must Work with Creativity and Innovation to Get Ahead”

To gain a competitive edge in school kids must be creative. Creativity will help productivity, not only hard work alone can improve this. Interactive learning such as smart TV’s and iPads give students a wealth of knowledge right at their fingertips. Education meets innovation!!




Week 13

“10 Surefire Ways to Wake Up Your Creativity”

1. Your brain does better creative work when you are tired- this is because when we are tired our brain has a harder time focusing allowing us to wander off on tangents that could spark a creative thought

2. Exercise can improve your creativity- sweat is like WD-40 for the brain!

3. Ambient noise levels are the best for creativity- ambient sounds like coffee shops help creative thinking where silence helps detail oriented tasks

4. Nothing is original: creativity is all about making connections-“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.” -Steve Jobs

5. Traveling abroad may help improve creative thinking

6. Dim light makes us feel more free

7. Blue and Green can help improve your performance on creative tasks

8. Constraints can be beneficial to creativity- for example constraints on time can motivate you or constraints on ideas can help you focus and not feel overwhelmed by “to many choices”

9. A separate messy desk can help improve creativity

10. Being sleepy can make you more creative- use dreams to create!




Week 12

“Need a New Idea? Here Are Three Ways to Boost Creativity”

1. Take a walk- there has been countless research done on how being active stimulates creativity.

2. Get a hobby- doing things such as watching tv, playing a sport, or cooking can boost creative thinking and encourage colloborative work.

3. Go abroad- exposing yourself to different cultures can really boost creativity. Having cultural diversity helps to solve problems in new ways.

These three ideas are ways to push through creative roadblocks.



Week 11

“Boost Creativity in Your Career”

  • Go Local- ask different local business owners questions about their company to become inspired with new ideas
  • 10 Different Ways- find a random object around you and come up with 10 different and unique uses for it. i.e. a paper clip as a tie clip
  • New Angles- creativity is all about seeing things from new angles.
  • Meet New People-Collaborate with someone new and unusual to come up with creative inputs
  • Model it- create a real world model of an office system and make predictions about it to get creative ideas flowing
  • Music- Music can be an enabler and help connect activities

In all creativity is about connecting things. Connect learning with experience and you’ll find yourself being creative in no time!



Week 10

“How to Avoid the Curse of Creative Perfectionism”

This article reflects on animated film maker Hayao Miyazaki and his creative process. What stood out to me was that he felt like creating lead to him feeling like a failure. I don’t know if that is a common expression but he states that he can never watch his movies because he picks at them and only points out where he could have done better. To avoid this he immediately undergoes another project. I find it interesting that he never takes any down time to appreciate his work! That would be my favorite part of the process!

Johnny Depp, for example, told the BBC that he avoids his own movies. “I like the experience, I like the process, I like doing the work. But then, you know if I’ve got to see myself–I don’t like to see the thing become the product, I suppose,” he said.



Week 9

“On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes”

This article states that creativity is not only something new but also something that has value. This is different than what we talked about in my creativity class, we called it innovation when discussing value. Goes to show that there are many different ways to define both words. Children said that they were most creative in class when given the freedom to explore and not have to seek right or wrong answers. It is important for teachers to create room for kids to express themselves and be free to create something new! Our creative ideas come from the same part of the brain as our feelings and emotions do. Connecting to our body is a huge part of being creative according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a professor at USC’s Rossier School of Education. To reach the perfect balance in the brain were creativity can be achieved is called flow, sort of like what athletes would call being in the zone. Freedom to explore and practice without a specific goal in mind is a key element of developing creative competence.

“Creativity is not an option, it’s an absolute necessity,”

-Sir Ken Robinson



Week 8

“Shopping for Style on a Tight Budget Shows Individual Creativity”

I loved reading this article because I think it speaks to every college aged girl out there that loves fashion and shopping, like me! Who knew that being on a budget was actually creative, not depressing!

The challenge was each girl had $20 to create an outfit from a thrift store. So fun! Thrift store shopping is like magic. You get a chance to reinvent old pieces and give them new and exciting life! Not only is shopping at Goodwill fun, but it also supports their mission. This challenge sparked creative fashion divas and drove them to their greatest outfit creations! One woman said her inspiration was from work to evening. Creating a look like that on a $20 budget seems daunting, but she completed the challenge by being creative and following her inner fashion icon!


The outfit above was inspired by Indiana Jones, cute and classic!

Overall this experience seems like a good time and all participants had fun being creative in fashion!

Week 7

“Out of the Box: Infect Our System with Creativity”

This article defines May as “Out of the Box” month! I think that is awesome because May is a perfect time to spark creativity. Spring has sprung and everyone is celebrating escape from a  long winter! What better way to celebrate then creating and innovating.

Do we reward creativity or do we look down on it?

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
-Pablo Picasso 

Author Ron Clewer suggests that we need to ignite our creativity to avoid stasis which can be harmful to innovation. To keep moving forward innovation is key and necessary. According to IBM the number one quality of a good CEO is creativity! Don’t stifle kids creative spirits by trying to ground them in reality, instead embrace it because it will flourish and they will be one of a kind!

Week 6

“4 Ways to Increase Creativity as an Entrepreneur”

An entrepreneur is someone who comes up with ways to meet unfulfilled needs in a marketplace. This leads itself as a creative profession because you are creating something new to meet a need.

This article gives four ways to inspire creativity-

1. Ditch your comfort zone- The comfort zone is creativities nemesis because to be creative you must see things in a new light, not what you’re used to everyday.

  • Take a different route to work.
  • Eat lunch with someone new.
  • Read a magazine you would never buy.
  • Travel.
  • Wander.
  • Get lost.

2. Discover your thinking profile- Comfort zones aren’t just physical, they are mental as well. We all have a unique problem solving go to, find your strengths and play to those.

3. Play to your creative strengths- Each one of us has a different “thinking archetype” discover yours and use it to boost your creative process.

  • Clarifier: This is the realist who loves to dig into the facts and discover strategic insights and opportunities.
  • Ideator: This is the visionary who loves to think big and play with new possibilities.
  • Developer: This person is an evaluator who loves to craft complex, disciplined solutions.
  • Implementer: This is the activator type who loves to get things done, try things out, and to take a risk and learn as they go.

4. Remember that great minds actually don’t think alike- Creating a group of people who have different strengths is the best way to come up with the best ideas. Discover how each person on your team thinks and creates to use those strengths to the best advantage.

remember that we are all points of light, but our flashlights are typically angled in different directions.”



Week 5

“Kseniya Simonova’s Amazing Sand Drawing” 

Artist Kseniya Simonova redefines the world drawing. This amazing video shows her creating art by using only her hands and sand. It is absolutely incredible watching her work. It takes awhile to see the picture coming together, but the way that she transfers from one picture to the next is amazing. I like how she adds music to add dramatic effect. The music really adds so much to the design process and adds to the meaning behind her drawings. Check out the video below! It will blow your mind…