Top 4 Best Books on Creativity: How to Explore Your Creativity

Top 4 Best Books on Creativity: How to Explore Your Creativity

Many times we think that creativity is a matter for designers, artists, or writers. Despite prejudices and mental barriers, we must know that we are all creative in our own way.

Maybe you just need to explore a little more and give spaces that allow you to learn and understand certain concepts, and give a free run to our ideas.

Here is a selection book for you about creativity from different approaches. Enjoy your reading and get all your creativity!

We select for you the best books on creativity

1. The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda

The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda

As Mies Van Der Rohe said, "less is more".

Many years later, thankfully, people like John Maeda still have that vision that he exposes incredibly.

This book is about 10 laws that seek to unite the concepts of simplicity and complexity, both in the field of business and technology or design.

Maeda has been a professor for twelve years at the MIT Media Lab and is a world-renowned graphic designer.

Maeda exposes the laws in three large categories:

  • Basic simplicity: reduce, organize, and time
  • Intermediate simplicity: learning, differentiation, and context
  • Deep simplicity: emotion, trust, and fractioning

With a self-imposed page limit, outline each of these 10 laws based on simplicity:

  • Law 1: Reduce - The simplest form of simplicity is reflective reduction.
  • Law 2: Organize - Organization makes a system appear less complex.
  • Law 3: Save time - Saving time is perceived as simplicity.
  • Law 4: Learn - Don't stop learning.
  • Law 5: Differentiation - Simplicity, and complexity need each other.
  • Law 6: Context - A simple progress bar can help you understand how far you've come.
  • Law 7: Emotion - Better more emotions than less. You need to transmit human warmth.
  • Law 8: Trust - We tend to trust the simple.
  • Law 9: Trust - Some things cannot be done simply.
  • Law 10: Simplify - Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the significant.

Some other Maeda's books that show his thought and philosophy:

  • Creative code
  • Redesigning leadership

2.The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron is a renowned writer, journalist, producer, and screenwriter, who has worked in such prestigious media as the New York Times.

This bestseller that has become a classic on creativity books, has allowed many people to find their way through an artist's life.

This book helps overcome creative block from 12 lessons proposed in 12 weeks, in which, if you can fully commit yourself, you can regain the path to creativity.

The main goal is to dispel the prejudice that you do not have enough talent to facilitate the liberation of the interior artist.

The artist's way accompanies us step by step to transform some of the problems that affect us every day:

  1. Limiting beliefs
  2. Fear
  3. Culpability

And he proposes that we replace them with self-confidence and be more productive, helping us to demystify the creative process by making it part of daily life.

Some of this method stands out:

The pages of the morning

Three pages of handwriting first thing to do in the morning. Although many outbursts may come out, by reassuring the previous critic, it is when the more creative side begins to flow or, in the worst case, we eliminate those bad thoughts for the rest of the day.

When we do the morning pages we communicate with ourselves, talking about dreams, dissatisfactions, hopes...

The artist's appointment

Do something or go somewhere unusual for at least an hour. Dedicate yourself to enjoy, to pleasure. A gift that we make to ourselves.

On the date with your artist side, you are opening the mind to inspiration.

If you are able to commit over 12 weeks, the book provides you with daily and weekly tasks to help you to develop creative habits. It's a long-distance race, a practical program to get back to work creatively.

3.Six Thinking Hats, by Edward de Bono

Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

This book written by Edward de Bono is another classic of creativity's books. Equal to other famous books like Lateral Thought, a term he invented.

The book starts from the premise that meetings are a crucial work task but, usually, they end up being inefficient. Using the powerful creative technique of the six hats, those slow conversation, or meeting can be turned into positive results.

This technique manages to simplify thinking by creating a unified approach to an issue while seeking to generate change without offending others.

His techniques have been used by companies and governments that have been shown to significantly reduce meeting time, improve quality and speed when brainstorming and making decisions.

The Six Thinking Hats technique helps us because it makes it easier to systematically focus on different aspects of a situation or decision. And here are some benefits:

  • We use all the resources and thinking skills of everyone involved
  • Save time because you do not have to respond out of courtesy when making one decision or another
  • The ego that seeks to try to get its way is removed
  • It's simpler to focus on just one thing

Each of the hats represents a different style of thinking:

White Hat - shows facts and figures objectively, historical trends are also explored.

Red Hat - it is the emotional vision, it is the part of intuition and the visceral.

Black Hat - it's what gives voice to the concern and what could go wrong. In this way, the plans are more solid.

Yellow Hat - it's the positive and optimistic hat, it focuses on value.

Green Hat - it's creativity, new ideas, and change. Here alternative ideas, new possibilities are presented and the best is modified to the suggested ideas.

Blue Hat - it's the control of processes and helps to manage and organize thought. He cares about organizing the other hats, evaluating priorities, framing limitations.

We invite you to carry out an activity in your organization. Distribute the hats in your team and make better decisions with this creative technique.

4.Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull

Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and current president of Walt Disney Animation Studios. He tells us about the various paths of creativity in his book, Creativity, Inc: How to take inspiration to infinity and beyond, which focuses on creativity applied to the business world.

This book is special for those leaders who seek to enhance the creativity of their team and build a creative culture in the organization. Catmull details the ideas and techniques that brought Pixar to the top of the entertainment business through creativity and innovation.

Here we focus on some of the main tips that appear in the book:

  • Build Trust: People must come first, trust even when they are wrong. People should be able to solve problems without feeling like they have to ask permission.
  • You have to respond well to failure: When you create an environment not driven by fear of failure, you help people to grow.
  • Look at the big picture: Each member of the team sees their part as the most important but you have to be able to see the problems as a whole.
  • You must know the weaknesses: We all make mistakes throughout the day, it's part of the process.
  • Evaluate processes: Proximity and equality must be promoted in all communication situations.
  • You have to accept the unknown: Accept risks, build trust
  • Listen: it's not enough just to listen, you have to take action by making decisions
  • Accept with humility: We tend to think that success or failure are factors in our control, but often external forces and chance play a role.
  • Take Risks: The cost of preventing mistakes is usually higher than correcting them.
  • Challenge Yourself: Success in creativity is not consistently repeatable and there is no point in wanting to always capture it as it was.
  • Be Decisive: we all have stress and we must find mechanisms to cope with it. When life gets you down, you have to keep going. Making problems known to others allows them to offer solutions
  • Teamwork: all ideas need effective collaboration, whether in graphic design, art, or film. Creatives know that each team is unique
  • Expect Changes: creativity is complex and evolves.
  • Make it Personal: Creative businesses have a huge personal part.

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