Let’s Talk About Creativity

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Creativity. That most intangible and subjective of qualities, but one which forms the backbone of any designer's career. What is creativity? Why are some people able to leverage it, whilst others aren't, no matter how hard they try? How can we improve our creative thought processes and, ultimately, become more creative? All these questions and more will be answered during the course of this session..

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  • Creativity
    Get Creative!Brain patterns retina
    Creativity is a fundamental quality in any designer, but a very slippery topic to get to grips with. Happily, improving one's creativity is actually a logical process and one which we'll talk about extensively during this session. In the coming posts we'll look at what creativity is, how it has been perceived and altered over the ages. We'll examine the creative thought process, defining several keys steps along its path. We'll look into creative block, diving into four common problem areas and talking about how best to combat them. We'll have some motivational posts and content from across the board on the Tuts+ network. There's plenty to keep you busy, so let's get creative! Brain Pattern by Melissa Pohl on DribbbleRead More…
  • Creativity
    The Concept of CreativityCreativity retina
    Some people seem to learn a language effortlessly, others seem to be highly talented when it comes to sport. It's also possible for people to succeed at something, even if they're not especially gifted in that field. Sometimes it's simply a question of putting more effort in. The same goes for creativity.Read More…
  • Creativity
    Understanding Creative ThinkingCreative thinking retina
    In this article I'll explain how we think during the process of being creative. This knowledge will help you understand creativity and will form a foundation in helping you understand why we have creative blocks and how we can combat them.Read More…
  • Creativity
    Creative Block 101Creative block 101
    In the previous article, I described the creative thinking process. Sometimes this process isn't as easy as you might think; problems may arise during any one of the various phases. For example, it might be difficult to formulate the exact wishes of the client, or perhaps you just can't achieve that light bulb moment. Your inspiration stops and you don't know what to do. Fortunately, it's perfectly possible to understand why you're suffering creative block and to face it head on.Read More…
  • Creativity
    Creative Block: Environmental and EmotionalBricks retina
    In the previous article we discussed the meaning of creative block. We introduced the observational block and possible solutions for overcoming it. In this article, we'll introduce two more types of creative block; the environmental block and the emotional block. Understanding how these occur in reality is an important step in beating them.Read More…
  • General
    Intellectual Creative BlockIntellectual retina
    Beating any form of creative block is difficult, but hopefully this creativity session has helped so far. Today, we'll conclude our coverage of creative block, discuss some creativity techniques and prepare ourselves for becoming more creative.Read More…
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    Don’t Squelch Your Creativity With the Constraints of PossibilitySquelch perview
    As a front-end developer who works most of the time with predefined design files handed off to me by a designer, I am often faced with the task of explaining what can effectively translate from Photoshop to the web. This is by no means an easy task, as the nuances of web are ever increasing, and gaining an intuition for these possibilities is equally growing in difficulty.Read More…
  • Workflow
    Sketching: How a Simple Pen and Paper Can Transform Your Web DesignsSketch retina
    We spend good part of our time in front of a monitor, most likely we have more than one computer, not mentioning iphones, graphic tablets and all the other ultra modern devilries that invade our desks. We are all part of the generation that need a mouse to leaf through an album with the family photos (goodbye to dear family albums with the pages left to yellow) and Facebook to send birthday wishes to a friend. 20 examples of great "sketch" inspired sites included!Read More…
  • Readers' Polls
    Readers' Poll: How do You Combat Designer's Block?Readerspulse
    A blank screen. A big, white, blank screen. Looking at me, mocking me. I know, I'll make a cup of tea. Must think of something brilliant.. I wonder what my mates are doing now? They're probably in the pub talking about the game on Saturday. It was a good game. Wait, is that the time already?!Read More…
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    Polishing up Your Creative ProcessPolish diamond retina
    Today we'll focus on increasing your creative capabilities through an introduction to a couple of creativity techniques. An important key issue to understand is that creativity techniques are not magic tools to increase your creativity as skill. Rather, they act as guides to help you find possible creative solutions for the problem you're up against.Read More…
  • General
    Connecting Creativity and CommerceCreativity and commerce retina
    During previous articles, we've focused on being more creative, or overcoming obstacles which prevent you from being creative. Today, we're making the sometimes difficult connection between creativity and business.Read More…
  • Workflow
    Quick Tip: Pomodoro Technique to the Creative RescueTomato retina
    In some situations, we need to be creative quickly and effectively (we've all been in situations where there's a deadline looming in just a few hours). For example, perhaps a client wants last-minute changes, or a pitch is coming close and you want to make a great impression, but your presentation is still missing something.Read More…