Section 2: Tools for Brainstorming and Creativity - Tools, Software, and More
This Creativity, Inspiration section includes tools to help with creativity, inspiration, or both, such as mindmapping and brainstorming software, creativity cards, and other ways of helping to generate ideas and brainstorm, especially for Web sites and Web site design and development.
Do you know of some good articles, tutorials, tips, software, Web sites, books, or other resources related to creativity, inspiration, and design? Recommendations are welcome and encouraged!
On this page:
- Brainstorming and Creativity Tools
- Resources for Brainstorming and Creativity Tools
- Reviews of Brainstorming and Creativity Tools
Also within Creativity, Inspiration
Brainstorming and Creativity Tools
In this section is a listing of books, cues, music, software, and other tools to help with brainstorming, project planning, outlining, creativity, and related. See also the Reviews section.
- Axon Idea Processor
Described as “a visualization tool for thinkers,” this software program has rave reviews as a helpful tool for mind mapping, generating and organizing ideas, creative writing, brainstorming tool, and more. This software has sophisticated, advanced features in addition to easy access for brainstorming. Download a free Lite Version, the full trial version, or purchase from the site.
- EyeWire: Instant Inspiration: Creativity Cards
EyeWire's downloadable “creativity cards” can be a terrific boost to getting you out of your rut. Simple reminders can be all we need, and these creativity cards give a gentle nudge to help. Print them out and use them when you need to get out of your rut.
- Michael Gelb: How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
Michael Gelb's books, workbooks, and accompanying music CDs to help you use your creative mind, empower your thinking and abilities to have more free-flowing thought and creative abilities. Fascinating approaches here.
- Inspiration Software, Inc.
Popular software to help with brainstorming ideas, mapping possibilities, graphical outlining, hyperlinking, storyboarding, diagramming, mind mapping, idea mapping, and more.
- MindMapper Software
Mind mapping software by SimTech USA based on Tony Buzan's mind mapping.
- MindMapper for Palm, PDA
Mind mapping for your Palm device — note making, reports, planning, organizing, problem analyzing, projects, meetings, learning, exam preparation, time management, presentations, brainstorming, review, summarising readings. Export and import between other Windows and Palm applications, including MindMapper for Windows, too.
- The New Mind Map
An informational guidebook by Michael Gelb about how to utilize mind-mapping for creativity, improved thinking, and more. (Editor note December, 2005: The internal page URLs keep changing, and unfortunately with no redirects, so go to the Products section and you'll see this there.)
Books on Creativity, to Help Inspire, or Both Recommended by WebsiteTips.com
Read short reviews and find more book recommendations on Web site-related topics in our Recommended Books, Software section!
Reviews of Brainstorming and Creativity Tools
In this section is a listing of tools, software, and reviews to help with brainstorming, project planning, outlining, creativity, and related.
- Creativity Software & Tool Reviews
Reviews of idea-generation and brainstorming software programs, as well as non-software creativity tools. Links provided by InnovationTools.com.
- Overview of Windows Graphical Brainstorming Tools
Excellent review of many brainstorming and creativity tools with links to their sites. By John Buckman.
Brainstorming and Creativity Tools Resource Links
Others have put together valuable resources of links to helpful tools, many with descriptions of the tools listed, too.
- Software for Creativity & Idea Generation
More than 60 creativity, brainstorming, and idea generation products are listed here with links to the sites. Links also include short descriptions. Some also link to reviews and further details. Very helpful resource by Creativity Web (Charles Cave).