5 apps to help your creativity

I must admit I don’t know where I would be without my iPad.  It’s ridiculous, but there it is.  Everything important in my life is on there, so it should come as no surprise that I even have creativity apps to help me in my role as an Innovation Program Manager.  What apps do I use, I hear you ask?  In no particular order, here are my top 5:

oflow 2Thinking differently – Oflow by Tanner Christensen

Created to help you get unstuck anytime, oflow is the only app of its kind to offer hundreds of proven creativity techniques on both iPhone and iPad.

This app is designed to help kick start your thinking when it gets stuck in a rut.  I particularly like the “Focus on the Process” tool, which helps me to challenge the status quo more, the “Forget about Perfection” tool and the “Fake It” tool.

The app has over 150 tips / tools to help get the creative juices flowing and you can even simply shake the iPad / iPhone to see a new tip / tool.  It is integrated with Evernote as well, which really helps when you want to share your work between your iPad and your work laptop!

Note: I also use Creative Whack Pack by Creative Think with similar results



mind toolsManagement / Productivity Tools – Mind tools by MindTools.com

Learn more than 100 management, business and personal productivity skills from the MindTools.com toolkit. Build useful skills whenever you have a spare moment.

Skill types include leadership, team management, strategy, problem solving, decision-making, project management, time management and personal productivity, stress management, communication, creativity and career development.

Whilst not strictly a creativity tool, this app has a lot to offer and I use it a lot.  It helps me to track the various projects I have ongoing as well as teach me new tools to use.  I particularly like the short summaries which give the bare bones for improving a set skill.  Of course, there is a search function as well if there is a specific tool you want to use.  I love the leadership section as well as the project management section.


innovateNews app – Innovate by Geoff Zoeckler

Looking to spark some creativity or need some inspiration for a new idea? Scroll through this app to connect quickly with some of the world’s best innovation articles, conversations, videos, and news reports. All information is updated in real time as the information is published.

Combines blog feeds from several sources: Braden Kelley’s Innovation, SEEK company, TED videos and podcasts, Accidental Creative podcasts, Innovation conversations on twitter and articles from Business week and Fast Company all in the same app!  It’s my go to source for all things innovation on the web and often brings me the news first!



Idea SketchDiagrams & Mind Mapping – Idea Sketch by Nosleep Software

Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram – mind map, concept map, or flow chart – and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!

I love this app.  Whilst I also love Paper by 53, iA Writer and of course iDraw, Idea Sketch can convert text from other apps and import it into Idea Sketch to create an idea automatically.  It is really simple to create mind maps as well as flow charts and outlines.  Finally, all of my ideas can be uploaded from here to DropBox or my SkyDrive.  I’ve also played with Grafio Lite, which is quite similar.

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123D SculptPrototyping ideas – 123D Sculpt by Autodesk

The most fun you can have sculpting without getting your hands dirty!

I adore this app.  It has a multitude of features for the advanced users and for the novices, you can start with the existing library of creatures, humans, vehicles etc.  You then push and pull and paint to make the sculpture you want.  It is loads of fun!  I particularly like the fact that you can take snapshots and so create animated movies, which can then be uploaded to YouTube.  The images are even transparent.  Also by Autodesk are 123D Catch, 123D Creature 123D Design and 123D Make.


What do you think?  Are there any other apps that you use for creativity?

+Alesandra Blakeston

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