Creativity – What’s Required of You If You Really Want to Find Creative Solutions to Your Problems

“A future based on creativity is bright.” John Kao (author of Jamming)There are 4 tools and mindsets you need for creativity and in this article, I’ll go through each of them.1. BrainThe good news is…you have one. So bring your brain anytime you need to be more creative and ask that those around you also bring their brains.An activity that you could do is to ask people to sketch or draw their brains. Many people don’t really stop and think about their brains much – and it would help if they did, in my opinion! To set this up, either at an upcoming meeting, at a family session, or some other event, either hand out paper and colored markers or colored pencils to everyone in attendance – or just ask them to take a piece of paper that they have handy (the first method is more compelling, but just in case you find you need to do this without advance preparation, the second method will also work).Next, either ask folks to draw their brains or give them a more specific request that is related to the reason you even decided to have a meeting. For example, you could ask people to draw their budget brain or their event-planning brain or their grandma-is-coming-to-live-with-us brain. Whatever the focus of the meeting is around could be the kind of brain you ask them to draw.Allow a short period of time because that is all that is needed. Then, give people a moment to share their brains with the rest of the group. To say that this is informative is an understatement and helps everyone know where they are all coming from. Generally, there is a fair amount of laughter – and that DEFINITELY assists in the creativity displayed.Note: You can also do this for yourself when you need to bring your most creative self to a challenge or situation.The next tool that is required is an:2. Open mindAs George Kneller said, “To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” You can’t do that if you are rigid in your mindset.Whatever you need to do to clear your mind of misconceptions, prior beliefs, roadblocks, clogged up thinking, or anything else that might block your opportunity to generate or ACCEPT new thoughts…do it.You might need to adopt what I call “a naïve eye,” or “learner’s mind. However you need to conceptualize this, just know that rigidity and creativity don’t coexist.3. A willingness to let go – that is, to release the pent up creativity that is in your mind.”Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.” Earl NightingaleBeing creative is not bizarre and unusual. It’s natural. It’s normal. It’s what we were designed to do.To use your creativity as a productive tool in your business, accept and acknowledge how much you very self wants and needs to be creative. Let go and provide a channel for that creativity that may be bottled up inside you.4. A willingness to workRita Mae Brown: Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.Creativity is natural and normal and what we are designed for. And, it takes effort and focus and intent. Learning new ways of being creative and helping those around you to be creative as well – involves some work. I’m quite sure you are up to that.So, four tools or mindsets to have:Brain
Open mind
Willingness to release your creativity onto the world
Willingness to workDo you have these four? Then you can creatively solve your easiest and your most difficult business challenges.

5 Important Stages for Developing a Creative Design Idea!

Undoubtedly, professional graphic designers have creative minds, they are artistic and imaginative. Although, mostly clients thinks that logo designers are magicians who create imaginative images and come up with creative and mind-blowing ideas for their small business logos with a swish of their wands. But it is not the reality, however to come up with an interesting idea is not easy task to do. Thinking or developing a unique idea in a mind is not a magic that can be generated in a matter of seconds. The designer needs to think a lot for getting an original idea; it involves a complete and elaborative procedure of shifting the idea from designer’s brain to the final logos.The complexity is happened when a logo need to explain his idea or plan to the bad type of clients or to project managers. Although, the designers study the whole project and entire process of designing, but he face difficulty when he explain his idea in front of client, as he cannot put the entire concept in his words. Either it is a small or a large business logo design, a creative design reach to its final designation after many hurdles.In this article, we will study the various stages through which a graphic designer experience in order to complete a project and design a brilliant idea.1. Learning:Ideas come up with deep learning and understanding of design fundamentals. Creative thinking and interest in the field of designing is the main aspects for getting an original idea, your ideas and creativity can be wisdom of the design trend and developments. You can learn and understand the nature of creativity by visiting different design websites and browse their logo design showcases which they designed for small business logo design and large business logo design.2. Training:Training is an important part of a designer’s career, and if you trained properly, you can create everything and every concept which you want to design. Apart from this, a designer is a magician who designs by hands and minds also use of some graphic software. If you want to become a professional designer then you must be fully trained in operating graphic tools, so you can create a complete picture that you have created in your mind.3. Investigation:Before thinking about any design, first you must investigate about your client’s requirement and his business. It is the graphic designer’s worst mistake when he directly jumps to designing phase rather than examining the project requirements. You can’t design anything before investigating and thinking about a particular industry.4. Ideation:After the series of demanding phases, it is the phase when a designer is in the final stage to create his idea. I named this stage Idea + Generation (Ideation) for the creation of a business logo design. This is the stage where a Creator needs to include his creativity, leaning and practice and converts it in a proper image.5. Execution:The design process is not completed yet; proper execution of a creative process is also an important phase that is normally terminated when the idea has been created. But this is not right, without proper execution, your strenuous labor will go down the drain. The final execution involves in converting the sketch into digital format, it also include adding colors and doing testing on different browsers. Then after the final approval you can say that your business logo design project has been successfully completed.

Marketing Strategies For a Small Business I Learned One Summer

“Sweeten the Kool-Aid boys,” He said, spewing the Kool-Aid across the sidewalk. His face contorted as the sourness crept through his cheeks. This is one of the first marketing strategies for a small business I learned one summer while on vacation.You see, my friend and I decided we would open a Kool-Aid stand. Take the five-cent pack of Kool-Aid and become cold drink moguls. We would take the profit from the sale of our first batch, invest in more, and expand until we had stands on every street corner. We were the first stand of the summer, so profits should be a windfall. Or, so we thought. We soon realized it does not matter if you’re the first in the game, if your competition has a better product than you do, then you might as well go home.That is precisely what happened; a couple of other kids from the neighborhood had seen our idea and decided they would do the same thing. The difference being they improved on our product, they added sugar to the Kool-Aid! Now, it doesn’t take an MBA to figure what happened to our customers. They fled to the competition. We tried to get back our customers by cutting our prices we went from 25 cents, to 15, then 10, a nickel. You see it does not matter what your price is, if the other guy has a better product or service, they will out sell you every time, period.After a day of drinking sour Kool-Aid, we packed up our wagon with all of the stuff, dumped out the rest of the Kool-Aid, took the fifty-cents we had made and bought Kool-Aid from our competition. We grumpily put our heads down, took turns pulling the wagon and kicking stones on the way home, wondering what we had done wrong. In a world of stiff competition, having an edge over your opposition can mean the difference in profits or losses.When choosing a particular product to sell you must believe in it, you must know it is the best product out there for your customer. If you do then this attitude will convey itself onto your customers. They will buy your product over the competition because they feel it is the best fit for them. I might not have made it big in the cold drink industry, but I did not go away empty handed either. I learned a valuable lesson that hot summer day, “Sweeten the Kool-Aid!”