Everybody hits creative roadblocks throughout the day. Over on LinkedIn, IDEO CEO Tim Brown suggests you start just drawing ideas out to see what happens.
If you’re not already in a field where you’re visually representing your ideas, drawing is a great way to stretch your brain and think of an idea from a new angle:
[W]hen you use drawing to express an idea instead of words or numbers, you engage a different part of the brain. To draw an idea accurately, certain decisions must be made that even the most precise language can overlook. The result of making that series of small decisions? You’re able to get to novel solutions more quickly…
Visual thinking isn’t limited to illustrations, either. It can take many forms. Mind maps, two-by-two matrices, and other visual frameworks can help explore and describe ideas in valuable ways that require little more than a few straight lines and some imagination.
We’ve seen this idea before with mind maps, but it’s a nice reminder that when you’re creatively blocked it’s worth trying a variety of different tricks. If you’re not an artist, try drawing out your ideas. Conversely, if you are an artist, it might be worth writing out your ideas for a change to see what happens.