Books: Three of a Kind - Get your creative juices flowing

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by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 03 May 2011

Out of Our Minds

Ken Robinson

Wiley, £17.99

Working on the basis that education has a nasty habit of destroying creativity, this book takes us through ways to rediscover our inner curiosity, and thus our inner artist. This volume is an overhauled version of a book first published in 2001 and takes into account the impact of technology on the creative process. But it is no less straightforward, amusing and useful for that.

RATING: BEST OF ITS KIND

The Riddle

Andrew Razeghi

Jossey-Bass, £18.99

What was the cognitive process that caused Archimedes to have his Eureka moment, asks Razeghi. Then he asks again. And again - eight or so times, in fact, as he seeks to get to the bottom of how the creative process works and why it's easy for anyone to come up with good ideas. Once he's finished with Archimedes, though, this turns into a solid guide to coming up with innovative ideas again and again.

RATING: COULD BE USEFUL

Creative Genius

Peter Fisk

Capstone, £16.99

Those who say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover have obviously not yet come across a nice one. This is a lovely example - minimalist, and in a peculiarly satisfying format. It is, perhaps, a little too much focused on the aesthetics and, although the book takes inspiration from figures and companies ranging from Leonardo da Vinci to 3M, it lacks the detail of the other two. And advice like 'learn to draw' isn't exactly helpful for the artistically challenged among us.

RATING: OF MINOR INTEREST

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