Creative Tip: 3 Tools For Generating Ideas When You’re Seriously Stuck

It’s 4 hours until the deadline, you haven’t started, and you’re fresh out of ideas. We’ve all experienced times when creativity seems far out of reach, but how do we break free from the creative quagmire and quickly generate ideas that will work? The answer is often easier than we think–it’s just a matter of having the right tool at the right time.

In this week’s Creative Tip we’ve outlined 3 highly useful brainstorming techniques to help you get the ideas flowing when your mind feels like mud.

A Growing Collection of Director Wes Anderson’s Bold Color Palettes

When it comes to making films, there are few who include more design elements than Wes Anderson. One of the most striking tools he uses is color. His craftily arranged scenes (which are mostly symmetrical) are infused with imaginative palettes we don’t see in most of today’s films. Like the Beyoncé palette inspiration we covered not long ago, this is a fantastic source of inspiration for any project.

Need Color Inspiration? Take Some Tips from Beyoncé

Inspiration is EVERYWHERE. If you need more convincing, just take a look at the entrancing little blog Beyoncé Palettes. Here the singer’s many, many photographs are used as the source for inspired color palettes which harmonize with Queen Bey herself. Whether you’re painting the kid’s room, designing an event website, or searching for a look to set your latest poster apart, this creative exercise is a great example for any designer.

Stanford Study: Walking Increases Creativity by 60%

It’s not unusual to get good ideas while walking, and now we know why. A new study by Stanford researchers has found that a person’s creative output increases by an average of 60% when walking.

Two Holocaust Survivors Form a Band in Their Eighties

Last summer Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz formed a band. While that isn’t too unusual, it is if you are in your mid-to-late eighties and survived the Holocaust.

Pulling from the music of their youth in Poland, the two formed a klezmer band, with the 89-year-old Mr. Dreier on the drums, and 85-year-old Mr. Sosnowicz playing the accordion. Together with their group, the two have performed for audiences in the local nursing homes and temples around their home near Boca Raton, Florida, and on one occasion traveled to Las Vegas to perform at The Venetian. The name of their group? The Holocaust Survivor Band.

Blind Painter Uses Texture of Paint and His Sense of Touch to Create Vivid Paintings

Before going blind at age 30 due to epilepsy, John Bramblitt had never even painted before. Now he has published 2 books on painting, gives speeches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and makes a living off of his colorful paintings. He claims to see more color now that he is blind than he did in his 29 years with vision.

It’s a “Weapon of Mass Instruction”: This Guy Built a Tank Covered in Books

Raul Lemesoff has built a ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction.’ His mobile sculpture (‘Arma De Instruccion Masiva’ in Spanish) looks a lot like a military tank as it’s driving down the streets of Buenos Aires, but when it comes to a stop its army green sides are filled with books. Lemesoff is on a mission to distribute books throughout the city and the rest of Argentina, and the only thing he asks when you get a book is that you promise to read it.

Column Five Illustrates 5 Design Quotes that Inspire Creativity

We all need a little creative inspiration from time to time. Here are some of Column Five’s favorite design quotes – simple yet profound truths to think about every time we create.

The “Inspiration Pad” Turns the Classic Blue-Lined Notebook Upside Down

When working with a classic ruled notebook, drawing outside the lines takes serious willpower. Marc Thomasset, founder of Brussels-based design and advertising studio TM is changing that with his “New Inpiration Pad”. After turning the first page, those tightly packed horizontal lines take inspired swoops, form topographical contours, or loop into geometric forms. This is one book that encourages writing/drawing/doodling just how you like.

This Two Legged Boxer Has a Great First Day at the Beach

A boxer going by the name Duncan Lou Who was born with only two legs… but that’s not slowing him down one bit. This video of Duncan’s first trip to the beach isn’t sped up, it just shows how incredibly fast he is, and the amazing balance he uses to get around on just his two front legs.