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15 Ways Technology can Improve Your Creativity

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: Nov 5, 2017

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The world is becoming more technological. As the world becomes more technological, it is also becoming a lot easier to bring creative minds closer together and take our ideas further. If you are in the creative industry, you need to start thinking of technology more like a paintbrush.

 

Think of Technology like a Paintbrush

 

When you think of technology like a paintbrush, you start to explore ways of using it to enhance your creative work. The internet and the computer stop being just information machines, but also new mediums for creative design and expression. The more you explore and learn about the abilities and possibilities of technology, the more creative you become, and the more you are able stay ahead of the curve.

Experts actually believe technology and creativity are the main determinants of business success today. "We are all capable of being creative," says Monica Garfield, PhD, a computer information systems professor in Bentley University, who has analyzed the connection between creativity in groups and technology. "With the use of the correct tools our innate skills can be enhanced and harnessed."

 

Harness Creativity with the Help of Technology

 

Some ways you can use technology to harness and improve your creative thinking and expression in a virtual world of infinite possibilities, include:

 

1. Blogging

 

Technology has enabled blogging which is an effective way for the development of creative thinking and writing. When you blog, you openly give vent to ideas that intrigue you, which encourages you to incorporate creativity in the material you share. You practice and feel more responsible for your own creative expression and learning. Some free blogging platforms are WordPress, Blogger and Medium.com.

 

2. Brainstorm Using Digital Tools

 

Technology has also made brainstorming much easier and more engaging. You can use a wide range of free and easy-to-use tools to make fantastic mind-maps and visual graphs that illustrate a concept, idea or topic. These digital tools boost your creativity and provide different ways of interconnecting your thoughts and ideas. Some free mind-mapping tools are SimpleMind Free, SpiderScribe and Wise Mapping.

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3. Interact Anonymously Online  

 

Creating an account free of identifying information in online communities encourages people to add content without repercussion, to a certain extent. The way anonymity increases your creativity is by removing the conventional barriers placed on contributors, says Garfield. The shy creative may refrain from sharing an idea with a group in person, but that same individual may feel comfortable using an anonymous moniker online to share thoughts, amateur poems or the like. YouTube, Reddit, Twitter — they all have a generous portion of anonymous users sharing their ideas — for better or worse.

 

4. Simulate Failure

 

The ugly truth is most creative efforts fail, which is why testing is important. Thanks to technology you can easily test, prototype and even simulate failure in the virtual world as many times as you like at minimal cost. From employing A/B testing, to 3D printers and agent based models, you can experiment with business models, tweak designs, and test the market before you invest resources. The more you experiment in the virtual world, the more you learn and the more you succeed in the real one.

 

5. Play Educational Games

 

One thing creative people tend to do differently is blaring the line between play and work. If this sounds counterintuitive, a study by Michigan University’s Linda Jackson showed children who played video games exhibited higher creative and problem solving abilities. Playing educational games online is another way technology can ignite the interactive and imaginative element in your thinking and mould it towards creativity. Some educational games are Grammar Gorillas, Virtonomics and  FunBrain.com.

 

More Ways Technology Raises Creativity - Infographic

 

Check out a detailed inforgraphic by the folks at ElearningInfographics.com showing 10 more ways people in the creative industry today are fostering creativity and staying ahead of the curve with the help of technology below. (Click Image to enlarge).

 

10 Ways Technology Can Raise Your Creative Game Infographic

 

See Also: How Plants Affect Your Mood, Spark Creativity and Improve Focus.

 


George Mathews is a senior staff writer at WebWriterSpotlight.com. He is passionate about personal growth and development.


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