Are you refining your business idea or looking for a creative solution to an everyday problem? Here are a few apps to help you turn your mobile phone into a creative toolbox.
This app is based on Ken Hudson’s speed thinking approach to creativity. It gives you two minutes to generate 9 ideas and it offers prompts when you get stuck. You can then save, enhance and share your ideas with others. I love the simplicity of this app, but the 2-minute challenge is a real stretch for my slow one-finger mobile typing. I’m getting better at it as I practice! This app is only available for iPhone.
Unleash Your Creativity
Unleash Your Creativity takes you through a process of generating ideas, refining them and then getting ready to present them to others. It can look overwhelming at first, but remember that you don’t need to use every single prompt from each section. You can just do a couple of the suggested activities to get your creative juices flowing. Available for iPhone.
This is an easy-to-use mind mapping app to let your idea take a visual form. Mind mapping can be used in a variety of ways beyond idea generation – it can help you gain clarity, organise a presentation and learn easier. SimpleMind gives you access to different visual styles and unlimited page size. You map can be as big as you need it to be! Available for iPhone and Android
Pablo Picasso said, ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’. How can you adjust other people’s ideas to your own situation? Watch some of the best TED talks and let yourself be inspired. Available for iPhone and Android.
Evernote lets you keep track of all your ideas in one place. You can create simple notes, use a voice feature, add useful links and images, tag and share your entries. You can log on from both your phone and your computer to access or update your ideas. This is by far the most flexible note keeping tool that I know of and it is available for iPhone and Android.
Technology is there to help you, but your creativity cannot exist without you. Play with possibilities, let yourself be curious and make time for your creative process, and the ideas will come.