Poster: How to Organize Your Creativity?

I have translated the poster I did for the MinD-Akademie 2011 in English. I love it — it shows on one (very large) page the whole concept that I try to convey with “Organizing Creativity”. If you prefer it in German find the German version here.

I will probably do a similar version for the second version of the Organizing Creativity Book (still working on it) and use it as navigation help for the Organizing Creativity Wiki (likewise still working on it). But until both are ready, have fun with this poster (note: due to the size — DIN A0 — it is about 7 MB).

oc-poster-englishThe poster shows the different steps that are necessary in organizing creativity. While the process goes top down (yellow arrow in the horizontal center), each step is also another occupation with the topic (yellow arrows upwards to occupation with the topic), which leads to further ideas. I have left the footer for the moment — in case you are wondering it translates as “MinD-Academy 2011 — Future and Research”.


  1. I love it too! Thank you! πŸ™‚ What program do you use to make your presentation posters?

  2. Hoi Cathy,

    thank you for your comment. I use InDesign, a really good DTP program. One of the many advantages are layers, which can be locked, so you avoid moving elements you do not want to edit for the moment. Also, it handles even larger files really well and has a very good PDF export. In contrast to the ‘usual’ way of using Word or Powerpoint, you can easily create the poster in original size (here: DIN A0) and have it printed without loss of quality. There is also a function that indicates when image quality is too bad for that size, etc.
    The only disadvantage is that it is rather expensive, although there are versions for students. Apparently, the right course at a community college is enough to qualify for that — which is still cheaper than buying the full-priced version (I’d recommend the Creative Design Suite in any case, which includes other programs like Acrobat, Photoshop, etc.).

    All the best


  3. Wow Daniel

    Thanks so much for this – it looks fantastic. You are officially my guru!
    I love your connection between academia/thinking and creativity. I know this isn’t a new concept as such, but you articulate this relationship in such interesting and specific ways that it goes beyond the lip service usually paid by others – thanks again.

  4. Waow Deb, πŸ™‚

    I have to thank you for this beautiful comment and feedback. Thank you very much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    All the best


  5. This map is AWESOME

    I’m constantly feeding my addiction to “lifehacking”, but this is the only thing I’ve ever come across that inspired me to thank it’s creator. Well-written, solid advice presented clearly and beautifully. I especially appreciate the tone and your sense of humor. Thank You for creating and sharing this!

  6. Hoi Gene,

    thank you very much for your positive feedback. πŸ™‚

    All the best


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