Creativity for Coders: How to Create Ideas from Scratch
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Creativity for Coders: How to Create Ideas from Scratch

A toolkit of techniques for improving your creative capacity. Generate concepts for coding, game development and more
4.5 (170 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,001 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2019
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop your creative skills by learning concrete techniques
  • Come up with writing prompts
  • Develop characters for stories
  • Collaborate with a team in a meaningful way
  • How to get in, and stay in creative flow
  • Something to write with (like a pen!)
  • Something to write on (like some paper!)
  • Some index cards (optional)
  • Dice (also optional)
  • A stopwatch (also optional)

Drawing a blank coming up with ideas? Stuck? Procrastinating? Don't know where to start? You're not alone. Our brand-new Creativity For Coders is a short and potent toolkit. We'll prove to you that creativity is a trainable skill, and help you train your creative muscle.

Could difficulty creating ideas get in the way of your 2019 goals? Then this course is for you. You literally only need a pen, paper and stopwatch.

Can you really learn creativity? The answer is a resounding YES. With our usual clear, thoughtful and fun approach you'll surprise yourself with how creative you can be.

Just some of the gems in this course...

  • Why growing-up is bad for your creativity

  • Approach "brainstorming" the right way

  • Leverage musical rhythm and time-limits

  • Learn how to ask 6 special questions

  • Get in, and stay-in creative flow

You'll be playing a game of Random Words, and having "Happy Little Accidents" along the way. You'll even learn how to apply all of these in teams if you wish.

Invest just a few hours in this concise, powerful course now and leverage what you learn through 2019 and beyond.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn the skills and techniques to level up their creativity!
  • Coders wanting to know how to come up with new game ideas
  • Teams who want to have a better time collaborating
Course content
Expand all 31 lectures 02:44:04
+ Peter Panning It - Fundamentals of Creativity
5 lectures 26:15

In This Section we'll get to grips with the fundamentals of creativity and what we can do to encourage creative output.

Preview 00:53

In this video Yann makes his case for the central claim of this course - that creativity is a skill, not an attribute

Creativity Is A Skill

Creativity is usually harder for adults than children.  In this video, we'll look at why that is and what we can do about it.

Creativity for Grownups

The first and most important thing to do if we want to let our creativity flourish is... look after ourselves.

Minds, Brains and Bodies

In this video we'll look at how to break out of tunnel vision by simply changing location

Tunnel Vision
+ Generating Ideas - Play as Work
15 lectures 01:20:02
Welcome to Play As Work!

In this video, we'll look at a great way to generate lots of ideas quickly without editing them until they're ready.  It's time to play Brainstorming!

Preview 06:57

Avoiding choice paralysis is much easier when we limit our options.  In this video we use random chance to create some restrictions when designing a character for a game

Real Life Examples: Restrictions

In this video we look at why we should embrace the power of tangents when creating ideas and play a game that lets us practice doing just that.

...and that reminds me of...

Let's look at a tool that's great at allowing for "big picture" creative decisions

What If....?
Hybrid Creation

Let's take a quick look at a couple of real life examples of games that showcase What If and Hybrid Creation!

Real Life Examples

Coming up with ideas without editing them can be a challenge - in this video, we'll look at using rhythm based drills as a way around that.


Mind Mapping is a fun way to explore a topic in a free-form and organic way.  So let's make a mind map!

Mind Mapping

SCAMPER is a series of lenses though which we can view our project to get insights on how to make it better. So let's play SCAMPER!


If we extend the rule of "force fit", we can get some really fun ideas going using the Random Word Technique.  So let's practice!

The Random Word Technique

We've looked at a few techniques for generating new ideas, so let's look at a technique for developing an existing one.,  It's time... for The Elephant!

The Elephant

In this video, we use the six questions to spark impulsive decisions about our game

The Six Questions
Recapping Play As Work
+ Creative Collaboration
6 lectures 30:11
Welcome to Creative Collaboration!
Yes, And...
Dare To Be Silly
Dare To Be Dull
Once Upon a Time
+ Creative Writing
4 lectures 25:23
Welcome to Creative Writing
Leaving it Unfinished
Zero Draft
We Need To Talk About Mary Sue