Creative Ideas

Welcome to the creative ideas section of the website. The notion of such can be extended to all areas – science, art, business, etc.

It is often thought of as a light bulb turning on or that aha moment.

It’s About…

  • breaking from the past and seeing new ways to old problems.
  • pushing beyond routine and trying new approaches.
  • asking why not but also it’s about realizing that usually there is a good reason why not.

From a business perspective it means considering profit and loss and legal and ethical issues.

Often Happens Subconsciously

The subconscious mind can be a key driver towards such aha moments.

Outside of conscious awareness mental activity continues which is why ideas often come to us via daydreams, or after a good night’s sleep. 

There are a number of stages of creativity which provide clarification and structure of the mental and physical states that an individual experiences in the idea creating process.

We’re All Capable

Everyone is capable of creating new ideas and often it is simply the process of taking an existing idea and building upon it.

Dr Robert Epstein a leading researcher on creativity highlights that as individuals we are constantly generating new and novel behaviours.

Each day, we formulate different sentences when we speak, we brush our teeth a slightly different way each morning and we keep having new thoughts and dreams.

This novel behaviour is only labelled creative when it adds some special value to the community.

Ideas often occur by combining two or more elements of knowledge together. If the resulting combination could add value to someone or something then the idea can be labelled an innovation idea. 

Record Your Ideas

It is important to record all of the ideas that you have. Thomas Alva Edison recorded and illustrated every problem he worked on in a notebook.

He used his notebooks to review past experiments in light of any new learning’s and often he would review his notebooks to try and provide new ideas and insight to other projects that he was working on.

Edison would also record observations of the natural environment and he would read others creative ideas, research papers, failed patents and ideas from other fields. 

Seek Out Problems

Keep on the lookout for problems within your workplace. Which problems are your biggest, most urgent? These could also be your biggest opportunities. Get your creative juices flowing and start working on some creative solutions today. For some structured assistance check out creativity techniques.

Go For Quantity

When generating creative ideas go for quantity. Try and generate as many ideas as you possibly can. Don’t worry about stopping to evaluate them, you can do that a later point.

Your Creative Ideas

Below are creative ideas submitted by readers of Have an idea that you’d like to share on this site then please let me know by filling out the creative ideas form further down this page. 

I review all ideas submitted and publish to the site as soon as I can.

Readers creative ideas…

Bar Coding Elderly People

Nursing and care homes constantly struggle with providing evidence of regular checks on the elderly to check they are alive. My idea is to create a barcode that fades if the body becomes cold.

This would allow a carer to scan the individual and provide a record of these checks. If the person has died the barcode will not be visible and thus the carer will not be able to successfully scan the individual. By Richard Gilliard, Leeds, UK

old person

Excellent Creative Ideas From The 1950s and 1960s

One great way to assist in getting creative ideas is to read through other peoples ideas. 

Some of the ideas submitted below are ideas that people put forward prior to December 1964, the ideas are no longer covered by US copyright laws which allow me to publish them on this page. Some you will find are no longer relevant due to new and improved technologies. Others, however, are either great ideas that have never been implemented or conversely ones that are now in everyday, regular common use.

There are ideas for hand warming snow blowers, transparent fuel tanks to enable you to see how much gasoline you have left, edible toothpicks and even flame-throwing ice removers, plus many more.

Take a look – you never know they might spark your imagination for an excellent new idea.

Hand Warming Snow Blowers

Hand warming snow blowers would put their hollow handles to work. As the tubing for the handles ends up near the engine why not pipe hot air through it? – Marks Stephens, Manchester, Conn.
hand warming snow blower

Basin Shaped Floor Mats

Basin shaped floor mats for cars would hold that grit from icy roads that you track into the car, and they could be lifted out and emptied easily. – S. Selsky, Massapequa, N.Y.

basin shaped floor mats

Shoe Lace Kits

Shoelace kits with yards of lacing, metal tips, and a tip applying tool. With several kids in the family, you never have the right length of lace. – R. Klingensmith, Monroeville, P.A.

shoe lace kits

A Slide Out Index

A slide-out index behind wall telephones would enable you to quickly take note of numbers you need to remember. Often there is no flat surface near such phones and no place to note frequently used numbers.

slide out index

Gripper Snaps

Gripper snaps on the back panels of television sets and on the front panels of washing machines would save on repair time and there would be no screws to lose.

gripper snaps

A No-Platen Typewriter

A no-platen typewriter for draftsmen that would roll on a drawing board. It would eliminate the printing of labels and instructions on drawings and blueprints – J.A. Defrees, Durhamville, N.Y. (Perhaps not quite so useful in our modern-day world full of computers and Computer-Aided design software!)

no platen typewriter

Miniature TV Tubes

Miniature TV tubes with a pilot at the base and at the socket would enable you to determine when to press them in safely. They’re devils when you can’t see their sockets – P. Legon, Malden, Mass (And then came the transistor and printed circuits!)

miniature tv tubes

An Air Check On The Hood Of A Car

We need some device to prevent filling station attendants from whamming it down so hard that they chip the paint. – Ellis Thompson, Candler, N.C.

air check on the hood of a car

Bricks With One Rounded Face

Bricks with one rounded face for paving walks. Smoothly curved edges ad corners wouldn’t snag a snow shovel and there would be less chipping of bricks. – Gary A. Larson, Kane, Pa.

bricks with one rounded face

Jam-Proof Drawers

Jam-proof drawers in built-ins and furniture. A strip of wood across the top at the rear would keep things from spilling out over the back. – Mrs. J. Shuppert, West Acton, Mass.

jam proof drawers

A Motorized Seat Back

A motorized seat back in station wagons so you wouldn’t have to struggle with latches and hooks every time you wanted to make extra load space. – Phil Glotzbach, Kettering, Ohio

motorized seat back

Movie Reels In Square Cans

Movie reels in square cans for upright storage on shelves. They wouldn’t roll, and they’d be easier to remove and replace than stacked cans. – A.R. Tanner Jr., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

movie reels in square cans

Bricks With Protrusions

Bricks that have protrusions at the sides would mean that bricks could easily be laid with perfect spacing. This would make it much easier for amateur bricklayers to keep each course level. – Ben T. Sheppard, Columbus, Ga

bricks with protusions

Hunting And Camping Knife With Whetstone

Hunting and camping knives that carry their own whetstone in a recess in the handle. With this idea, you would never be caught in the woods with a dull blade. – W.L.Adams, East Syracuse, N.Y.

hunting knife with whetstone

Phonograph Record Finger Grip Holes

Finger grip holes at the center of a phonograph record. This idea would mean that when loading or unloading such discs the sound-track grooves would get less handling. – E.J.Monjack, Chicago Heights

fingergrip holes for phonograph record

Broadcasting Projectors

Broadcasting projectors for sound movies. Put a radio transmitter in the projector and a receiver in the speaker enclosure, and you would eliminate the need for a cable. – Charles R. DeKay, Grenada, Miss.

broadcasting projector

Light Reflecting Trim

Light-reflecting trim on the sides of cars, designed to be part of the standard trim. Luminous plastic edging the chrome might do the job. – David F. Tufaro, Hartsdale, N.Y.

light reflecting trim

Quick Frozen Lunches

Quick-frozen lunches in disposable cartons – a boon to the sandwich detail. Pop them into the schoolbags in the morning and they’d thaw by noon. – Mrs. E. Miller, Lansing, Mich.

quick frozen lunch

Fountain Stamps

Fountain stamps with porous letters and a refillable ink reservoir. Clerks who stamp hundreds of forms daily wouldn’t waste motion swatting at a pad. – H. M. Monaghan, N.Y.

fountain stamps

Spring Loaded Nail Feeder

Spring-loaded nail feeders – as each nail popped into final position, a shaft or anvil would drop on the head. Pound it down and it would set the nail too. – J. Myers, Sylvania, Ohio

spring loaded nail feeder

A Shower Bath Tub

Let your kids have a bath in a shower with a shower bathtub – a deep, poly-plastic liner with a drain to fit inside shower stalls. Fine for bathing the kids in motels. hotels or summer cottages that don’t have bathtubs. – T.B. Ellis, Trenton, N.J.

a shower bathtub

Underwater Spotlights

Is your dive too dark then you need this idea for underwater spotlights on skin-diving masks? A working light like a miner’s lamp would be out of the way where it wouldn’t impede the diver. – K.H. Schroeder, Westmont, N.J.

underwater spotlight

Chemically Treated Netting

Chemically treated netting, dyed green. Ideal for supporting vegetable vines. At the end of the season, it could be thrown on the compost pile to aid decomposition. G. Jorgenson, Tacoma

chemically treated netting

Extendible Fingers

Trim that hard to cut long grass with extendable fingers at the sides of power lawnmowers. Tallgrass close to the house or garden beds would be guided into the path of the blade. – Dr. L.A. Russell, Newtonville, Mass.

extendible fingers

Baby Car Seats

Designed for a small sports car bucket seat or better still to fit between the two seats, saddled over the hump. – Mrs. Carol G. Donahue, West Andover, Mass. Although doesn’t look too safe to me!

baby car seats

Bumpers With Built In Hitches

Bumpers with built-in hitches for trailer hauling. Add-on hitches are unsightly and make it hard to get a push in an emergency. F.M. Maguire, Savannah

bumpers with built in hitches

Children’s Roller Skates

Children’s roller skates with a clip or other fastener underneath to hold the clamp key. Loose keys, constantly lost, are just a nuisance. – Mrs. E. Ross, San Bernardino, California.

childrens roller skates with clip

Screw-In Drain Plugs

Screw-in drain plugs for remote outboard tanks. Sloshing a left-over pint of gasoline out of that inch hole at the top of the can is for the birds. – H. Anderson, Cassopolis, Mich.

screw in drain plug

Hide-Away Air Conditioner

A hide-away air conditioner to fit basement windows screened by shrubs. Cool air from a top vent would be ducted to a floor grille in the room above. A. A. Scott, Leonia, N.J.

hideaway air con unit

High-Visibility Fertilisers

High-visibility fertilizers and weed killers so you can see where you have been and not overlap on a lawn. Why not dye the pellets a bright color? S. Johnson, Wesleyville, Pa

highly visible fertilisers

Spray Poles

Spray poles triggered at the bottom to operate an insecticide bomb held at the top. They would put you on target for spraying caterpillar tents or wasp nests in trees or under house eaves. – S. Smith, New Augusta, Ind.

spray poles

Rear-Window Air Deflectors

Rear-window air deflectors on station wagons to keep out gales, yet allow ventilation throughout the car. The angle could be controllable by a switch on the dashboard. – John King, Ashkum, Ill.

rear window air deflectors

Garden Edging Blocks

Garden edging blocks with long stakes precast in one side. Then you wouldn’t have to dig a trench to prevent them from getting kicked around the yard. – Dean Himmelreich, Milwaukee.

garden edging blocks

A Shorten-At-Will Handle Grip

A shorten-at-will handle grip on one side of power lawn mowers so that you could get close to fences and other obstacles. It could telescope,  screw-in, or fold. W.P. Twigg, Oak Lawn, Ill.

shorten at will handle grip

Edible Toothpicks

Edible toothpicks – spears of garlic-flavored pretzel stick or peppermint candy – for holding sandwiches together of for serving hors d’oeuvres. A.R. Dunham, Pasadena, California.

edible tooth picks


Abrasive Gloves

abrasive gloves

July 1963…

Abrasive gloves rub the skin off of potatoes. Wash potatoes or root vegetables with these German gloves on, and you can peel them in water running at the kitchen sink.

When the spud is worked under the tap like a cake of soap, emery particles vulcanized in the rubber rub off dirt and skin.


An Extra Set of Windshield Wipers

extra set of windshield wipers

An extra set of windshield wipers on the inside of a car. Fog, mist or condensation that forms there could easily be wiped off. This would help prevent the drivers vision from being obscured. Wipers could either be operated manually or electronically. by C A Mallory (Conneaut, Ohio)

A Padded Motorcycle Backrest


padded motorbike back rest

April 1963…

A padded motorcycle backrest, curved to fit the back. To provide a flat seat for a second rider, you’d move it back and swing the curved side down. by B.D.Galligher (Headrick)


Bottle Bib Catches Drips

bottle bib catches drips

August 1963…
Bottle bib catches drips. Looped around the neck of a bottle, this absorbent strip would stop drips on the way down and soak them up before they could stain a tablecloth or mar a table top.

The slightly curved strip, cut from any absorbent fabric or paper, would be slotted near one end so the other end could be pulled through.


Brake Spins Tail-Light Beam


brake spins tail-light beam

May 1963…

Brake spins tail-light beam.

A brake light might flash a more urgent and unmistakable warning if it were housed inside this slotted, motor-drive sleeve.

Applying either the foot or hand brake would cause the sleeve to spin and thus give an apparent whirling motion to the light that is bounced rearward by a reflector.


Bricks With Protrusions

bricks with protrusions


By Ben T. Sheppard

Bricks with protrusions at the sides could be used as spacers. This would make it a lot easier for the amateur bricklayer to keep each course level.


Briefcase Props Papers

briefcase props papers

December 1963…

Fold-out legs would convert this double-duty dispatch case into a reading stand or lectern that might be useful to a salesman, club officer, or the like. To expose the legs, you’d slide out a side panel from between grooved ends, then move the panel to the upper side to use its ledge for holding notes.


Submit Your Creative Idea

Do you have a creative idea of your own? If so would you like to share it with the community?

If yes then simply submit your idea below and I will do my best to publish it on this page as soon as possible.

Many thanks, Martin.

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