This blog post is about the process of Creative Thinking. Creative Thinking can be learned, and it can be practiced. It is a set of very specific steps, in a specific order. This blog post is about those steps, and how to prepare for the creative moment (and what to do afterwards). Please take a tour, try some exercises, and practice the Creative Process.
Creativity is a deliberate process that clever people use to solve problems. Creativity is not taught in school; it is usually self-discovered. But it is clear that creative people have independently discovered the same process and are applying the same methods. Creativity can be learned, and it improves with practice.
Here is what I see in creative people. They work very hard. They are passionate about their subjects; they become experts; they use visualization and drawings; and they use specific thought processes to solve their problems.
What does First Insight look like?
The other part of a first insight is reducing that visual insight to a question. A questioning attitude is important for developing first insights, and framing a question the right way is critical to its solution. This is our first example of alternating between visual and analytical processes.
Start with the end in mind, and use visualization techniques and sketches to define it (visualization). Then transform the vision into a question or goal (analysis).