Generate Great Ideas

Daniel AlShriky
4 min readJun 30, 2018


by Daniel Alshriky

Creativity is a process not an incident. Creativity allows us to bring new ideas and bring impossible to life. Idea should achieve specific criteria — unique and useful. Creativity process combines many types of mental activity, including both conscious and unconscious.

“Good design is about process, not product.”
Jared Sinclair, Design and Developer at Bloglovin

The proven fact that anyone can learn to generate ideas is like learning to play a musical instrument. That happens when we apply creativity process into products and services. Process helps us to systemize our creativity. One of the very successful creativity process is called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT).

Everyone should learn how to generate ideas especially in this era, the competition is very high.

The world leaders in innovation and creativity will also be world leaders in everything else.
Harold R. McAlindon

In this article, we will cover many techniques or strategy that help anyone to be creative and generate ideas, help solve problems and apply design thinking approach for any activities.

Build Your Quotes

The quote is a shortcut of massive meaning reflecting your vision and principles. Quotes present our words to those who work for it and leave for it. Our quotes tell who and how we are.

Building our quotes take time until it crystallizes our thoughts. Quotes motivate people and help to not forget our principle.

Quotes like anything in this life should keep up to date and enhance from time to time to reflect our current thoughts.

360 Degrees Questions

Keep raising questions until we understand the root of the problem. Keep your curiosity alive and conduct interrogation mercilessly. Raise different kinds of questions until you extract all the aspects around a topic. One of the very well known principle is called 5Ws 1H.

Respect Your Intuition

Never, ever ignore your intuition. Intuition is like uncontrollable inner compass that guide you to proceed in a particular direction. Over thousands of years, it has developed human intuition to guide us to the right way to keep us safe and take the right decision.

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
Frank Capra, American Film Director

Keep Your Notebook Ready

We don’t know when and where we suddenly get great ideas that come from our minds. It’s easier to register it quickly so as not to forget and help review them later and link it with other ideas that we already have. Notebooks have a huge impact to save our mental effort and to be ready for review and implement it in the real world.

Consider Nature as Great Teacher

Nature generates great ideas, solved very complex problems through millions of years. Nature’s ideas have been tested and succeeded. This will drive us to consider nature as a great teacher, learn from it, listen, emulate and follow the same process to have the same result.

Use Your Hands

There is magic when we are using our hands to produce ideas or solving There is magic when we are using our hands to produce ideas or solve problems. There is a strong link between our brain and body, stronger than when we use computer to produce ideas. We put our brain in right conditions and context when we use our body because we involved more senses into the process.

We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops.
John Cleese

Link Between Ideas

To create new ideas and bring it to real life, we should have a good knowledge about different topics and grab attention to details. The more ways on how we link between knowledge and awareness are the key to generating many ideas.

“Great design is iteration of good design. “
M.Cobanli, Founder of OMC Design Studios.

One of the important ways to help us to generate ideas is analogous thinking.

Worth All the Ideas

All ideas have value whether it’s simple or complex. We have to deal with it equally and respectfully, and give each one our time to analyze it and compare with other options. It’s better to have many ideas to choose from or even combination of many rather than dealing with only one idea to solve the problem.

Have Fun

Having fun is just as important as actively seeking new ideas or solving the problem. Having fun should be embedded in any creative process that helps our brain to change the scenery of mental model. This helps to generate different ideas that make our solutions more complete.

“Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.”
Randy Pausch, Professor of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction

Expand your Imagination

Imagination is a great gift we have to learn how to unleash it and how to expand it. Everything we see today starts with imagination for someone. Imagination allows us to believe that we can convert idea to be real and bring some impossible into the real world.

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas A. Edison

The Take Away

Find a way to generate an idea and solve the problem is an important mission for us. We have to look for ways and processes to generate ideas. In this article, we covered a few techniques and methods to put ourselves in preparation stage. Every one receives those techniques and methods in different ways. For this reason, we always have to keep looking for the best way to stimulate our brain to generate a solution and great ideas.



Daniel AlShriky

UX / UI Leader | Researcher | Extended Reality (XR) designer