Creativity Links

Dr. Sawyer’s selection of the best creativity sites on the web.

Creativity techniques 

An exhaustive list of over 200 creativity techniques.

Computers and Creativity

The creativity web site of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, a branch of computer science that is devoted to designing computer programs that behave intelligently. There are fascinating articles here about whether computers can be creative, and links to sites of some computer programs that paint and write music.

Totally Absurd Inventions

America’s most eccentric and unusual patents. This site features actual U.S. patents that are offbeat, unusual, or a bit eccentric.

The Why Not Open Source Movement

By the authors of the business book Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small. Anyone can post their idea for a new product that solves a need but doesn’t exist. The web site has over 200 categories and over 2000 ideas, and allows keyword searches.

The Creativity Pool 

A database of free ideas, where anyone can post. Ideas are organized by category, and allow keyword searches.

The Creativity Research Journal

Creativity Research Journal publishes high-quality, scholarly research capturing the full range of approaches to the study of creativity-- behavioral, clinical, cognitive, crosscultural, developmental, educational, genetic, organizational, psychoanalytic, psychometrics, and social.

Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity

Over a hundred techniques to train your brain for greater creativity. The techniques are grouped into eight steps, the same steps that exceptional creators use as they create their breakthrough ideas!

Zig Zag Creativity Cards

A really fun way to exercise your creative brain! Each of the fifty two cards has a creativity technique. You can draw one at random in the morning, and use it throughout your day.