Techniques for Creative Thinking


Collectively, there are several hundred techniques published in books by Michael Michalko, Andy Van Gundy, James Higgins, Dilip Mukerjea and others. Techniques are like tools in a workshop, with different tools for different parts of the creative process. For example, there are techniques for defining a problem, exploring attributes of a problem, generating alternatives, visual explorations, metaphors, analogies, and evaluating and implementing ideas. Here is a small selection of techniques:

For further background, read the introduction which discusses the question: "What can I do to increase my creativity?"

Catalogues or Encyclopaedias of Techniques?

You may be wondering if there are books or an encyclopaedia of these techniques to use as a reference. I am compiling a catalogue of techniques from several books into a master list, or meta index. I call it the Creativity Technique MegaList (or Creativity Cookbook) and is still a work in progress.

Andy Beckett in the United Kingdom is compiling a collection of techniques on his web site

Last updated: 18th April 2003

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