Creativity Brain Training Games

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.


The Innovation Timeline

Wednesday, 29 February 2012   |   Creative Thinking

Innovation CycleProducts and markets tend to follow a timeline.  A series of phases from initial introduction to maturity.  Creative thinking plays a different role as we progress through them.  It can be quite interesting to follow and also useful to take advantage of.  We go through a continual cycle of diverging and refining and each stage benefits from a particular type of creative thinking.


Reverse Cryptic Crossword

Monday, 27 February 2012   |   Creativity Games

Cryptic CrosswordThis week we're being cryptic.

Game:  There are 6 random words below.  Your aim is to come up with a cryptic clue for one of them (similar to what you would find in a cryptic crossword).  See below for more on what a cryptic clue may be.

  • fair
  • planet
  • leather
  • mess
  • guilt
  • powder

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.


Perspective, Relationships and ??

Wednesday, 22 February 2012   |   Creative Thinking

Creative MastermindSo this week I decided to break down creativity again.  I like breaking things down into abstract ideas as it gives you a deeper understanding of the topic and also offers a great starting point for some healthy discussion.  I have come to the conclusion that perspectives and relationships are what drives creative thinking.  It's a generally accepted rule, however, that things always occur in 3's.  What is the third pillar of creativity?


What's the word? II

Monday, 20 February 2012   |   Creativity Games

CluesThis week we're interpolating.

Game:  There are 5 random words below.  They all relate to a sixth word.  Your aim is to guess what that word may be.  Don't forget to explain your reasoning as well.

  • athletics
  • crumbs
  • froc
  • cane
  • trailer

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.


Decisions and Data

Wednesday, 15 February 2012   |   Creative Thinking

ChoiceI've recently been reading the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.  It's quite an interesting book and one of the ideas put forward is that when making decisions we gain more confidence by considering more data but we make poorer decisions at the same time.  If you can find the key elements then you can focus only on them and make quicker and more accurate decisions.  Finding those key elements, though, can be a real exercise in creative thinking.


Rolling Opposites

Monday, 13 February 2012   |   Creativity Games

Yin YangThis week we're idly flip flopping.

Game:  There is 1 random word below.  This is the starting word.  Your aim is to take the word from the last commenter and reply with a word that is opposite to that word but in a different way to the previous word.  See Strategy below for examples.  Also, make sure you mention on what basis your word is opposite to the previous word.

  • plug

Your Own Superbowl Ad

Friday, 10 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Superbowl advertThe Superbowl is one of the most watched events in America.  It is also gaining traction in the rest of the world as well.  This presents one huge opportunity to get your message out to a whole stack of people.  So it's not surprising that the adverts shown during this event get huge attention.  Businesses go to great lengths to make sure their ads are interesting, memorable and get the message across or make the brand stick in your mind.  This is the basis of this weeks challenge.


Thoughts on Research and Creativity

Wednesday, 08 February 2012   |   Creative Thinking

MortarboardOk,  so you've got a project you've just started or a conundrum you have to get sorted.  It's a tricky one but it's going to be huge.  You're onto a winner.  How often have you started off with this attitude but ended up with mediocrity?  There are several factors that will define if you're heading towards stardom or the middle of the road with your creative endevours.  An important piece to look at is research.


Most Intriguing

Monday, 06 February 2012   |   Creativity Games

ChaosThis week we're seeking.

Game:  There are 4 random words below.  What is the most intriguing characteristic you can identify of the group?  It could be something to do with the spelling of the words or of the meanings of the words or some other aspect.  Remember,  you're referring to all the words as a group, not individually.

  • bread
  • butterfly
  • creature
  • circus

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