Brainstorming apps for your mobile device now make it possible to court your creative muse no matter where you are.
Like hand-held ideation tools, these compact software programs present the user with words, images and other forms of stimuli designed to help your brain think in new directions. They’re powerful creative problem-solving catalysts.
Here are five compelling reasons why you ought to be utilizing these powerful, portable tools to increase your creative output:
1. They enable you to utilize the odd bits of time that fill your day for creative problem-solving – times such as waiting for a meeting to start, for a haircut or other appointment, or for a bus or train can now be utilized to generate new ideas.
2. They do an excellent job of enabling lateral thinking by exposing your brain to a wider variety of stimuli then you would normally encounter on your own.
3. They give you an excellent tool set for improving and expanding your existing ideas.
4. One of the challenges with handheld brainstorming tools such as card decks is that you must remember to take them with you. They take up space in your briefcase or handbag, which makes it less likely that you’ll carry them with you wherever you go. In contrast, a brainstorming app has no size or weight. It resides weightlessly on your smart phone – which you are likely to carry with you everywhere you go.
5. They are especially valuable to people who don’t believe they’re creative. Because most of them are very inexpensive or free, it’s easy to experiment with these apps and for these practical people to prove to themselves that they CAN be creative – with the help of a brainstorming catalyst like one of these apps.
If you want to explore apps like the ones described here, simply go to your online app store of choice and search on the terms “brainstorming” and “ideation.” My personal favorites include the Whack Pack (pictured above right), iKnowBrainer and IDEO Method Cards.
Chuck Frey Senior Editor, founded InnovationTools.com and served as its publisher from its launch in 2002 until the partnership with Innovation Management in 2012. He is the publisher of The Mind Mapping Software Blog, the definitive souce for news, trends, tips and best practices for visual mapping tools. A journalist by trade, Chuck has over 14 years of experience in online marketing, and over 10 years experience in business-to-business public relations. His interests include creative problem solving, visual thinking, photography, business strategy and technology. His unique combination of experience and influences enables him to envision new possibilities and opportunities.