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7 ways to generate new ideas

How many of these habits do you make time for?

How many of these habits do you make time for?

The verdict's still out on whether you can actually teach a person to be creative, but there are definitely habits and routines that artists and designers can get into that will help get their ideas flowing. After all, ideas don't just spring up out of nowhere. They emerge from research and real life experiences, which your brain has had time to process.

To speed this process along, the agency Alive With Ideas (opens in new tab) have created this infographic (opens in new tab) of useful ways to generate ideas. Whether you're working from home (opens in new tab) alone or as part of a bigger team, this graphic explains how to establish structured methods that will kick start your creativity.

Reading through this infographic is all well and good, but make sure you set aside some time today to put it into action. Who knows where the exercises will take you.

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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.