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Friday, January 24, 2014

The Great Idea Finder: Site Review

Rarely does a website cover everything you ever wanted to know about a subject, but "The Great Idea Finder" tries really hard.
Some of the pages here include: Invention Facts & Myths, Inventor Biography, Innovation Timeline, Invention Categories and Innovation Games and Trivia. It's worth the time to examine the site and use the information to spark your own ideas. Their stated mission is to provide inspiration to the "inventor" in all of us and it does a good job.
On their "Resources on the Bookshelf" page they have links to help you with your creative process. I especially like the fact that they suggest trying your local library first. Even though you can get these books online, sometimes just browsing the library stacks in an unfamiliar subject area can prompt you to pick up a book you'd never think of looking for. Call it serendipity, call it fate, but since creativity is basically pulling together old ideas in new ways, a field trip to your local library can be positively inspiring. Even better if you have a college or university library nearby which gives access to locals.
In addition the site has an "Ideas for Sale Showcase" which spotlights and gives awards to what they think are the best ideas. On other pages there's information on protecting your idea. I'd go there first before posting your idea.
Next time you are on deadline to come up with the Next Big Thing, a site like this one is a good jump start for your brain.
Quality of Information: Good. You can spend quite a bit of time browsing this site.
Ease of Use: Navigation is good on this site, and menus are well-titled.
Design: Utilitarian.
Do you have any favorite idea-provoking sites? Let me know.

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