Mobile devices and tablets like the iPad and iPhone have transformed the way we overcome creative blocks. With over 1.2 million available apps there are no acceptable excuses for running out of inspiration. While it’s definitely safe to say that being a creative type can come with its challenges, we have to admit that we’re a tad bit spoiled compared to those artsy-types who came before us. Thanks to the Digital Revolution we can now immerse ourselves in entire libraries of art and culture-related distractions, all from the convenience of our smart phones.
Most of us are steadily on the hunt to find new outlets for inspiration and ways to spark creativity in our everyday life. In our obsession with doing just that, we’ve compiled the 5 best apps everyone should download for channeling your inner artist and sparking creativity.
There are so many opportunities for us to stare at our screens! Let’s take advantage of them.
Free? No, $4.99
IDEO Method Cards were first released in 2003 as a printed deck of cards intended for inspiring creativity. With more than 10,000 decks in distribution, IDEO decided it was time to evolve its form and the IDEO Method Card app was born.
Free? You bet!
Is there anything more inspiring than intriguing discussions by experts, academics and celebrities? The TED app is one of the best resources for learners of all ages. The option for offline viewing and a wealth of topics makes this app extremely user friendly. If the talks on TED don’t inspire you to go out and try something new or different, we don’t know what will.
Free? FREE. (for 30 days)
Mural.ly was created as a “Visual Collaboration for Creative People”. It was designed to speed up your creative process with online brainstorming and synthesis. The app allows you to reach creative solutions by visually organizing your ideas to maintain clarity while giving you the option to collaborate with your team. Think of the app as Google Drive meets Pinterest meets sticky notes.
Brainsparker is a free app for the iPhone and and iPad that helps you trigger new ideas, spark imagination and solve problems in your daily life, at work and with your creative projects. Use it when you’re faced with a challenge or need a boost of inspiration.
Artsy’s mission is to “make all the worlds art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection”. Bold, we know. The app features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Similar to music sharing programs, you can search the app by artist or keywords, making it a great resource for finding new art and inspiration.
Free? Free. Free. Free.
While we didn’t add Instagram to the list, we did think the app deserved an honorable mention. Since it’s conception, Instagram has revolutionized the way we look at the world and share photos. We are the generation who will tell our grandchildren about a time when pictures of our food were uploaded without a filter! Thanks to Instagram we can now connect virtually with some of the world’s greatest creatives. Not only can you draw inspiration from some of the most influential figures in the industry, you can create your own following too.