Become More Creative With These 5 Brainstorming Hacks
By Farshid Palad
I am in need of a new character. Now, I know what I need this character to represent, but what do I really know about him or her? Nothing. I mean, I don’t even know the gender. So I don’t really have anything and don’t even know where to begin, right? Wrong.
I have at my disposal the greatest weapon of all time. The most creative and untapped potential that exists within me and you, my friend. The human mind. The subconscious.
We just need to harness this power. Let us get to it and start brainstorming. I give to you the 5 brainstorming life hacks that I use and are bound to grant you God-like creative powers.
Hack Number 1 – Draw
Grab your sketchbook (if you don’t have one, what kind of a designer are you?) and pick up the pencil. Get cracking and draw. Draw anything and everything. Whatever comes into your mind just draw. You will be surprised at the ideas that start flowing through your mind and onto the paper. The more you draw, the more ideas you will trigger within your subconscious.
Want to make a game about a frog with a big tongue [link to a game by Big Bad Brush]? Then start drawing frogs. Perhaps a racing game? Then draw some cars. The drawings don’t have to be perfect, they can be rough drawings with ambiguous lines.
As long as you are drawing you are generating new ideas, try it for your self.
Hack Number 2 – Play
This one is my favorite. Surround your self with your toys and play. The more related they are to the problem at hand, the better. If your toys are not related, even better. The more you open your mind to the possibilities the better for your subconscious. Try playing for 30 minute or so, enjoy yur self while doing it but at the same time listen to your subconscious feeding you new ideas.
I love playing with lego when brainstorming. Am I too old? Maybe, maybe not, but who cares? I am enjoying my self being playful and silly while working and doing some R&D (thats what you should tell the wife when she catches you, R&D ).
Hack Number 3 – Change Your Environment
Sometimes the best ideas come to you, not when but where you least expect them. Go to the gym, go for a jog, go to the patio or the local Starbucks. Even going from the bedroom to the living room can make a difference. Are you sitting down? Well get up and walk around the room. Stand on your head and sing a song. All these are perfectly fine.
Its your project, its your creation, do what you enjoy when you enjoy doing it and don’t focus too hard on your brainstorming sessions because it will backfire and you get designers’ block (if writers can get them so can we, right?).
Hack Number 4 – Go Big
I have seen this scenario far too many times. When people are brainstorming they are thinking hard, leaning over the table with their pen tightly gripped between their fingers and they are writing all the ideas on the paper. Which is good, but wait, they are trying so hard to fit everything into one piece of paper by writing extremely small. Why?
What is the point when you want to go back to review your ideas you can’t even read them? The whole process is going to be tiresome and well, no fun at all. I do the opposite. I grab a big felt pen and write my ideas as big as I can on the big presentation papers.
Not only is this far more enjoyable and creative than trying to fit everything on one page but it also helps tremendously when it comes to reviewing your ideas and generating new ones. Which leads to the final and last hack for the day.
Hack Number 5 – The Creative Wall
Start putting up all your ideas onto your wall. The beauty of this little hack is that once everything is up on the wall, you can step back and see the big picture. You can see how all those ideas mix and match and what is missing. I use pins and not tapes for easy removal and change of location. You be surprised as to how productive you will feel when you have everything up on the wall.
Additionally, location and spacing helps a lot when it comes to memorizing and remembering items. It is far easier for our beautiful mind to remember multiple items if they are associated with a fixed location.
I use all these 5 brainstorming tips whenever I need to get my creative juice flowing. So next time you want to brainstorm, grab your sketchbook and get crackin’.（Source：farshidpalad）