You, Improved’s 57 Brain-Boosting Tools

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Creativity Tools & Resources

We believe that your God-given creative talents can be honed. So, below is our essential – and ever expanding – list of creativity resources to help you improve your innate abilities. Many of these are free and online.

Apps

Corkulous – An iPad app that provides you with a digital cork board on which to collect ideas.

iBrainstorm – An Apple app that allows you to collect and share ideas collaboratively.

Magic Piano – Relax your soul with beautiful sounds of piano while playing your favorite tunes on original #1 piano rhythm game.

Mindomo – Capture your thoughts directly on mind maps, turn them into presentations on the fly, and share them with others. Synchronize your maps to the cloud, from any device.

MoodBoard – Moodboard Pro is an amazing app for organizing all the things that inspire you.

Paper – When inspiration happens, put it on Paper. Paper is the best way to capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches.

Penultimate – The ultimate app for iPad. Stylish, powerful, and easy to use, Penultimate encourages you to take notes, keep sketches, or work through your next breakthrough idea– whether you’re in the office, on the go, or home on the couch.

SimpleMind – A mind mapping tool that turns your computer, tablet or phone into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device.

Books

Born Creative: Free Your Mind, Free Yourself  – (Shameless promotion alert) Harry Hoover’s book on using your innate creativity can change your life.

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci – Great book that lays out da Vinci’s approach to thinking.

Thinkertoys – In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing creativity tools that will help you think like a genius.

Music

You, Improved Classical – Our Pandora classical music playlist that encourages creativity.

Cognition Enhancing Music

IQ & Creativity Music

Music For Increased Creativity

Relaxing & Meditation Music

Studying & Concentration Music

Online

Andrea Mosaic – A downloadable art tool that lets you turn your own photos into beautiful mosaics.

Androidify – well, who hasn’t wondered how they would look as an Android? This site allows you to turn loose your inner bot.  Mine is below.creativebot

 

Artist’s Tool Kit – Artists use visual elements and principles like line, color and shape as tools to build works of art. This tool kit helps you explore these principles.

Big Dig – A  sandbox full of thought starters collected from great thinkers and writers. Click to dig up an idea. Don’t like that suggestion? Dig again.

Bomomo – An online drawing tool with a host of textures you can employ in your creations.

Bubbl.Us – An elegant, easy-to-use mind-mapping tool. The free version gets you up to three mind maps.

Canva – The online creation tool that is great for creating text and image content suitable for use on your blog, Instagram, Linkedin and other social media platforms.

Cloud Dreamer – Pretend play helps us learn to think visually and spatially and to both capture and express ideas. Cloud Dreamer is all about pretending.

Coffivity – This website recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.

Color Theory Reference Sheet For Designers – From warm and active to cool and passive, this wheel explains how best to use color.

Content Ideator – When the little gray cells are not coming up with good content ideas, give this creativity tool a try.

Creative Think – Creativity expert, Roger von Oech’s, website contains a number of good creativity tools to enhance your thinking.

CreativeWritingPrompts.com – More than 300 writing prompts to get the little gray cells working.

Creativity Puzzles – Put on your thinking cap – these puzzles are puzzling.

Damn Interesting  – A website that shares fascinating but obscure true stories from science, history, and psychology since 2005. Random fodder for the brain.

Designfeed.io – Like Canva, Designfeed.io is a superb content creation tool for your social media use. It is my new favorite.

Diffen – One of these things is not like the other! Use Diffen to compare and contrast two things.

Do Nothing For Two Minutes  – A website that provides you with calming white noise, a nice photo and a clock that begins a two minute countdown once you have stopped doing any work on your computer.

50 Powerful Time Savers For Web Designers – Not only do web designers need to have a good understanding about visual design, typography, information architecture, psychology and a plethora of other disciplines; in our work, we need to take care of so many details, so that our job becomes more and more time-consuming, requiring dozens of tools, attention span and an effective workflow for beautiful, timely and functional results.

50 Tools Which Can Help You In Your Writing – This is an old – but still relevant – list of creativity tools to give your writing a boost.

Flame Painter – This is a unique paint software that allows you to create one-of-a-kind paintings with flame algorithm.

Gator Breaks – A site that offers 15 ways to overcome negative, knee-jerk reactions to ideas.

GIMP – An online photo editing tool, which can be used as a simple paint program or a photo retouching program.

GoConqr’s Mind Map Tool – GoConqr gives you the freedom and versatility to express ideas and information in an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-understand way. This is a web-based tool and requires you to sign up.

Hubspot Blog Topic Generator – Creative muse not coming up with blog topics? Fear not. This tool comes to the rescue.

Idea Lottery – One of the “secrets” of creativity is making new connections between seemingly unrelated elements. This tool helps.

IdeaStormz – IdeaStormz is a free exchange of ideas harnessing the collective power of experience and imagination.

Imagination Prompt – Random writing prompts or story starters can be found here.

JellyCam – Make stop-action videos using photos, video and even clay.

JumpStart – An online brainstorming tool.

Language Is A Virus  – A web-based site that provides you with writing prompts and exercises.

Picassohead – You, too, can create Picasso-style portraits. Give it a try.

Piktochart – A good tool for designing your own infographics.

Random Word Generator – Random words can help you in so many ways. Give it a try.

SketchUp – An online drawing tool that lets you create 2D and 3D models.

The Story Starter– Randomly generated story starters.

Test My Creativity – How creative are you? Answer this 40 question test to see how the old gray cells are doing.

Whack On The Side Of The Head – Roger von Oech’s site that gives you a daily whack in the head. Just click on the upper left hand side for your whack.

Wisemapping – A free mind-mapping tool that can be downloaded onto your own server for security’s sake.

XMind – An open-source brainstorming and mind-mapping tool.

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About the author

Harry Hoover

Harry is an author, writer-for-hire, speaker, and publisher of You, Improved. He has written three books: Get Glad - Your Practical Guide To A Happier Life, Born Creative: Free Your Mind, Free Yourself, and Moving to Charlotte: The Un-Tourist Guide.

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