Oflow – creative ideas app ($0.99) by Tanner Christensen is a simplistic productivity app with the sole purpose of getting your creative juices flowing. If you are stuck in a rut and need some inspiration, tap on the method section for ideas on how to exercise your creative mind.
There is nothing worse for a writer than writer’s block. When it strikes, I find myself frantically searching for inspiration. I’ve even resorted to painting watercolors with Paper by FiftyThree and meditated with Brainwaves. Sometimes those work, but sometimes, writer’s block needs more than just a relaxing morning of painting and meditating. Sometimes, one needs a real jumpstart from way outside the box to spark the creative mind.
Oflow is full of interesting and unique ways to set your mind flowing. “Creative expert” Tanner Christensen has gathered together 100 proven methods for igniting creativity. As soon as you open the app, a random flow idea will pop up as one of the 100 methods. You can get a new method by tapping the refresh button at the top of the screen.
I found some of the flow ideas to be helpful. For example, Method #1, called “Free Write” recommends the user to write “fast, honest, and detailed as you possibly can for 15 minutes.” I’ve done this many times in my writing life to help loosen up. It is sort of like stretching before a run.
Some flow ideas seem a little harder to wrap your head around. For example, Method #33, “Help Someone,” tells the user to help someone else with their project. By doing so, you are supposed to be able to explore more creative ideas because you are not focusing on your own problem. I haven’t tried that yet, but I can’t picture how doing something for someone else would help me solve my own problem.
If you find useful methods that you’d like to remember in the future you can save it as a favorite by tapping the star at the bottom of the screen. As you bookmark idea flow methods, you can quickly access them just by visiting the favorites list. Users can also send ideas through email and make notes that can be referenced from a list at a later time.
This app is useful for helping spark creativity. It is simple, concise, and easy to use. At the same time, there isn’t a whole lot to it. The price is reasonable and there are definitely a lot of good ideas. However, it could use a couple of more bells and whistles. It might be fun to include Twitter or Facebook integration. It is likely that the developer chose to make the app as simplistic as possible in order to avoid breaking the creative flow. It isn’t fun or exciting. It doesn’t have the prettiest design. It does, however, give your plenty of ideas to help get a project started or finished. If you are looking for ideas to get your creative juices flowing, Oflow will help.