Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity

Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity

by Carolyn Eckert


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2016 Silver Nautilus Award Winner for Creative Process

With change happening faster and faster in our tech-ruled world, being able to think creatively, flexibly, and quickly is more important than ever. In Your Idea Starts Here, graphic designer Carolyn Eckert offers 77 specific questions, techniques, and exercises — cleverly combined with fascinating infographics and other visuals — to jump-start creative thinking. 

Don’t know what you want your project to be? Make a list of things you don’t want it to be. Wondering where to start? Say one word that relates to your idea and invite a friend to say another word that relates to yours. See where five or ten rounds take you. Work within a time limit, look in unexpected places, think tiny, do the opposite, shuffle your papers, and explore your creativity to the fullest! There’s something here to inspire and strengthen every smart idea, all in an innovative little book that makes a perfect gift for anyone, including yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612127798
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 503,311
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Eckert is an art director with more than 20 years‘ experience designing books, magazines, logos, advertisements, and telephone operating systems. A BFA graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design, she‘s trained numerous graphic designers and has been a design consultant for classes at Smith College, Amherst College, and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. She lives and works in western Massachusetts.

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Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheNicholeParks More than 1 year ago
For creatives! Not only is the content inspiring but the format! Can we talk about the format for a minute? Would you mind? Each page is crafted with artwork and ingenuity to support the seventy-seven mind-expanding way to unleash your creativity. The ways/ideasto spark ideas themselves are a delight--if only for their precision. And I especially loved the stories of ingenuity that Eckert peppered between her pointers. Now I know how bubble wrap and the Slinky originated! Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity presented much like Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative but had a more mentoring feel and fun to it like C. McNair Wilson's Hatch!: Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer. Certainly a fun read if not a must-read.