6 Websites to Boost Your Creativity
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Looking to get those creative juices flowing? Whether it’s writing a short story, finding out the latest on multi-disciplinarian creative initiatives or drawing a portrait, we have compiled a list of some of the most creative websites to help you think outside of the box. Feel free to add to the list and tell us about more sites that inspire creativity!
WHAT A nonprofit web platform committed to sharing the very best content on creativity.
HOW Founded by three talented PhDs, the site highlights creativity from scientific
discovery to philosophical debate, from entrepreneurial ventures to educational reform
and from artistic expression to technological innovation.
CREATIVE BUG The website covers a breadth of disciplines and includes interviewswith leading filmmakers, artists, educators and scientists. The elevated discourse and
intellectual approach of The Creativity Post will not only inspire you, but will expand
your definition of creativity.
|Image: Screenshot of The Creativity Post|
WHAT A Facebook app where strangers draw one another’s Facebook profile picture.
HOW Portraits are paired at random, and once a person is assigned, the participant
has 48 hours to complete the drawing and submit it – or the image will be reassigned
to someone else. Once you receive your portrait, you can thank the person who drew
your picture and do the Facebook dance – share with your friends and even turn it into
your profile pic.
CREATIVE BUG You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy exercising your drawing skills.
Plus the 48 hour time limit keeps you focused on creating a beautiful piece of artwork.
|Image: Screenshot of Selfless Portraits|
WHAT A web app that simulates a coffeehouse ambience to enhance your creativity.
HOW Coffitivity is based on scientific research that claims that the perfect conditions
for creative work are a combination of calm and commotion. As you click play, a busy
mix of people chatting, glasses clinking and dishes being cleared transports you to an
ambient cafe – even if you’re at home or in an office.
CREATIVE BUG To maximize the Coffitivity experience, you’re encouraged to
simultaneously play your favorite tunes just a tad louder than Coffitivity sounds. Just
click play, plug in your music, and presto! You’re ready to start creating.
|Image: Screenshot of Coffitivity|
WHAT A creative music endeavor that gives selected musicians a week to write and perform an original song on a guitar that is then passed from one musician to the next.
HOW One guitar, one week, one song—these are the guidelines of The Acoustic Guitar
Project. The project is intended to be a platform of inspiration and creativity for
musicians to flex their singer-songwriter muscles. This unique undertaking poses the
challenge of writing and performing an original unedited composition in a week’s time.
CREATIVE BUG The project’s mission is to help musicians reconnect to the original
moment that inspired them to be singer–songwriters. For the music lovers out there,
the site is a treasure trove of original acoustic compositions that will blow your mind.
An extra cool part is that each artist is interviewed, giving a glimpse into their
creative process and what inspires them to make music.
|Image: Screenshot of The Acoustic Guitar Project|
WHAT A global social initiative that provides a platform for storytelling and story
HOW The stories on the website tackle a variety of human experiences, and are
browsable by subject categories or by world regions. As of now, 22 countries are
CREATIVE BUG Anyone is invited to submit a story with a suggested length of 1,000
to 1,400 words. Creative writing is an amazing outlet, and is a great exercise in getting
your personal thoughts onto paper. How cool would it be to see your story on the
online stage with other talented writers?
|Image: Screenshot of Share A Story|
WHAT A website that is an exploration of creativity in everyday life.
HOW The site includes articles, reviews and other creative sources to get your juices
CREATIVE BUG Deborah Watson-Novacek is the force behind Creativity for Life and is
on the lookout for stimulating articles on the subject of creativity to post on the site.
|Image: Screenshot of Creativity For Life|