10 creative techniques for you and your team

RealtimeBoard is a great tool for brainstorming and creative projects. Endless whiteboard and a set of tools allow you to generate ideas for thousands of different projects – from travelling to engineering. In this post we collected popular creative techniques you can easily use in RealtimeBoard, and prepared some tips&tricks for you.

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1. Brainstorming – probably one of the most popular creative techniques

This is the most obvious creative techniques and endless whiteboard is just perfect for it. The basis of brainstorming is a generating ideas in a group situation based on the principle of suspending judgment – a principle which scientific research has proved to be highly productive in individual effort as well as group effort.

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State the problem you are trying to solve. Use post-its, images and videos – anything that can help you generate ideas. Write down every idea even if it is odd, encourage people to build on the ideas of others. Follow 12 basic rules to make the session effective.

After the session is over, vote for the best ideas.

2. Negative brainstorming 

This is another example of creative techniques. It uses brainstorming to generate bad solutions to the problem and then see how those could be transformed into good solutions. The method is a two-step process, that consists of generating the worst ideas first and then transforming them into good solutions.

The process is the same as described above.

For example, you are trying to solve the question ‘How to make teamwork more effective’.

These are examples of bad solutions:

– To build a wall between team members so they never meet each other.

– To put them in 5 different buildings.

A transformed bad solution can be:

– To move to another building/office with the common space where all the team can gather together and discuss ideas.

3. The Insights Game

Have you experienced one of those moments when you suddenly realize how the world works and the dots are connected? The Insights Game is about these moments. Every insight gives you one point. You need to have at least one point every day, if not the game is over.

Insight game

Actually, it is a personal method, but you can do it with your friends or team on different boards simultaneously supporting each other.

The goal and the reward of this game is that you will improve your ability to see the big picture, process more complex problems and challenge your beliefs.

Use images, videos, post-its and whatever you want to put your insights on the board. Back to the board every day and look at the big picture. Try these for 21 days minimum, and feel this magical moment! Use the Monthly planner template to start or put everything on a blank sheet.

4. Mood boards 

Mood board is a type of collage that may consist of images, text, videos and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator.

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Designers and others use mood boards to develop their design concepts and to communicate to other members of the design team. They are used by artists and are based on a particular theme of their choice too. Here you can find some more useful information about mood boards.

You can use a blank template, add pictures and videos using Insert button, and screenshots using Chrome Extension.

5. Six Thinking Hats

Six thinking hats is a great tool for creative group discussion and individual thinking. Challenge your brain to think in six distinct directions, and come up with a perfect solution for your problem.

Six thinking hats

White Hat thinking. This covers facts, figures, information needs and gaps.

Red Hat thinking. This covers intuition, feelings and emotions. The red hat allows the thinker to put forward an intuition without any ned to justify it.

Black Hat thinking. This is the hat of judgment and caution. It is always logical and the most valuable hat. The black hat is used to point out why a suggestion does not fit the facts, the available experience, the system in use, or the policy that is being followed.

Yellow Hat thinking. This is the logical positive. Why something will work and why it will offer benefits.

Green Hat thinking. This is the hat of creativity, alternatives, proposals, what is interesting, provocations and changes.

Blue Hat thinking. This is the overview or process control hat. In technical terms, the blue hat is concerned with meta-cognition.

You can easily try Six Thinking Hats technique starting with our template. 

6. Random Words (Random Input)

Random Words creative technique encourages your imagination to create different perspectives and new angles on your idea or the problem you are facing. It is by far the simplest of all creative techniques and is widely used by people who need to create new ideas (for example, for new products).

Random words

Prepare with a lot of different random words, short stories or tweets, put them on the board and start your brainstorming session!

Once you have chosen the word, list its attributions or associations with the word. Then apply each of the items on your list and see how it applies to the problem at hand.

How does it work? Because the brain is a self-organising system, and very good at making conections. Almost any random word will stimulate ideas on the subject. Follow the associations and functions of the stimulus word, as well as using aspects of the word as a metaphor.

Get inspired with our example and start your own random words session!

7. Storyboarding

Storyboards go back to the very beginnings of cinema and animation. As it is known, Walt Disney and his staff developed a Story Board system in 1928. Disney wanted to achieve full animation and for this, he needed to produce an enormous number of drawings. Managing the thousands of drawings and the progress of a project was nearly impossible, so Disney had his artists pin up their drawings on the studio walls. This way, progress could be checked, and scenes added and discarded with ease.

Visual story Map

Now Storyboarding is a popular creative technique and is widely spread in business. Storyboards are used today by industry for planning advertising campaigns, commercials, a proposal or other business presentations intended to convince or compel to action.

To implement a Storyboard solution you can use a blank template in RealtimeBoard. The initial storyboard may be as simple as slide titles on Post-It notes, which are then replaced with draft presentation slides as they are created.

Another way to create Storyboard in RealtimeBoard is to use Visual story map template which was originally taken from the awesome book ‘Stories that move mountains’. 

8. Metaphorical thinking

A metaphor is a thinking method which connects two universes of meaning. Examples: Food chain or flow of time. Metaphorical thinking is based on Similarity. Our mind tends to look for similarities. A road map is a model or metaphor of reality and useful for explaining things.

Imaging within another conceptual frame can help, eg. the visual images of spring which inspired Vivaldi’s “Prima Vera”, the dream that led to Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” the art exhibition which Mussorsgy illustrated in “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and so on.

Put everything that you may need on the board – words, images, videos, icons, etc. to help you create something new and exciting.  

9. Mind mapping

Mind Maps has been developed by Tony Buzan are an effective technique of structuring information and note-taking. They are also useful during the brainstorming sessions. To make a mind map, start in the center of the board with the main idea, invite your team and work in all directions, producing a growing and organized structure using key words/phrases and key images/videos.

Mind Map with icons

Use colorful links, post-its, shapes, icons, images and videos – anything that can help you build a visual map. 

Get inspired with our example and start with the template in RealtimeBoard.

10. Brain shifter

Brain shifter is one of creative techniques that is similar to mind mapping, but you should act as if you were someone else. The purpose is to create new ideas that you never thought about before.

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Instructions:

Get in to character by changing your mindset and try to think like another person. E.g imagine that you are a doctor, a lawyer, a kid or why not a Batman? Start to write your ideas on post-its thinking as your ‘superhero’. If you use the method in group, you can give the roles to each other before the session.

After the session is finished, vote for the best ideas.

Any thoughts on creative techniques? Comments? Reach us at feedback@realtimeboard.com

 

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