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A technique for producing ideas [Hardcover]

James Webb Young
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  • Hardcover: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Crain Communications; 3rd ed edition (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872510972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872510975
  • ASIN: B0006YS9L2
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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One day in my last year as an advertising agency executive in Chicago I had a telephone call from the western advertising manager of a well-known magazine. Read the first page
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just FIVE simple steps..... 3 Oct 2007
......that's all it takes to learn how to come up with new & creative ideas, time after time. As Young says, the idea & the technique itself are so plain & logically simple that you may even miss it; despite the fact that the book is only some 48 pages long. It's easy to read & in your haste to learn "the secret" you may finish the book too quickly. Some thoughtful reading is required, so please don't dismiss the book because of its apparent brevity.

The fact that the book has survived successfully for over 40 years in print is testament to Young unique (but not new) teaching.

Although Young does not refer to it, I am reminded of many writers & books that go into great detail explaining the "science of the mind" & the wonderful way the brain [or mind] works & how it can be used to spawn new ideas & create solutions to problems. Sometimes referred to Mental Science, its philosophy & teachings go back thousands of years & weren't fully recognised until around the time of the 1900's.

If after reading this you wish to develop & research this technique further, I would highly recommend Emmet Fox's "Power Through Constructive Thinking".
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and reassuring? 20 Mar 2009
By Mrs. R.
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What surprises you first (if you weren't expecting it) is that the book is so very tiny. For 4.99 you don't get many words for your money, and the first ten pages are introductions and a preface. However, once you get into it, its brevity is its charm. I suspect that readers divide into two camps. The ones who think he's right (and probably already follow Young's methods) and the ones who don't (and probably don't). I'm pitching my tent in the first.
As Young said, he's wasn't afraid to give away his secrets because he was certain that hardly anyone would be prepared to put the work into step one. His five step method is simple but not easy. It's a bit like writing a guide to joining an orchestra and giving step one as passing grade eight violin, with distinction. He also suggested that you never stop observing and recording everything you notice in your daily life. The other thing I particularly like, but which isn't part of modern business, is allowing yourself time to do something completely different. Young reckons that you have to give your brain a pleasant distraction while your massed collection of many possible combinations of thoughts unconsiously comes up with the big idea.
You might have your big idea while you're relaxing in the bath, but it won't happen if you haven't studied all the possible options beforehand.
Great thinkers of the past permitted themselves a breathing space to solve problems. Brindley, the Duke of Bridgewater's canal engineer, used to retire to bed to think until he had come up with his solution. Imagine suggesting that to your boss.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little book for big ideas 6 Dec 2010
How can a book of less than fifty pages, published over sixty years ago, be relevant and useful to us now? Let me count the ways. This is a gem and deserves to be used (important point: not just read, but used) by anyone who wants to come up with more and better ideas, whether being creative is part of your job description, a hobby or simply an important part of how you live your life. Mr Young writes knowledgeably and humorously, outlines a straightforward five-step process - then challenges us to follow it.

Some creative souls may worry that this book will so demystify the process, they may lose their `magic'; that everyone out there, having read this book, will be able to have a go. That's Young's challenge: few of us will believe that producing ideas can really be so simple, and of those that do, few will try. Hi s book shows us the ways and means to do just that.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ 28 Oct 2001
Although it is not a very new book (about 50 years old), its significant, simplified, and disciplined way for innovative thinking is just as effective and valuable as the day it was first published. I am sure you will fall in love with the book so much that it will take an hour to read. Enjoy reading!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably a must-have in its day 5 April 2011
By Em
I bought this book because I've heard it mentioned often and it's really cheap!

It's also a very short book with quite large type!

Basically he says new ideas are made from putting bits of old ideas together, and that you should find out as much as you can and think on it, then go away and have a rest and come back and look again.

And combine things you've found out to create something new. That's really all there is to this book. So the title is very accurate, it is 'a' technique for coming up with ideas, but a pretty obvious one nowadays?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good perspective 20 April 2009
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It's useful for helping you step back and evaluate the creative process. Short enough that you can read it often - which helps reinforce its message. I'd recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I can't think! 1 Aug 2011
Should be titled "Stating the obvious" Not the best book I have ever read. Seemed to take a long time to actually say very little.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says.. 30 Jan 2010
By tim
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The concept of the power to generate ideas being portrayed in so few pages was daunting...but the advice is simple to understand and logical when applied - simply it works!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Pretty disappointed with this book. It doesn't tell you anywhere that this book is about 20 pages long. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Olivia Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best advice for idea generation ... EVER
The first thing you cannot help but notice is the size of the book. It is very short and pocket sized. But, each page is packed with very well written advise. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ross Boardman
3.0 out of 5 stars great book but in a too small format
I bought this book after reading reviews about it and thought it might turn out an interesting read.
The book is well written and facts based. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Pandrei
4.0 out of 5 stars Very short - but insightful
I have read about this book in a post by Brain Pickings and was impressed with the creative process as described by the ad man of the day - James W Young
Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. Bogdashov
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
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Published 3 months ago by Zac
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty useful
Not just applicable to advertising but to all creative mediums alike. Although a lot of these processes are nothing new, they are laid out simply and coherently structured for even... Read more
Published 4 months ago by No
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Easy
It only takes 5 steps to produce fertile ideas. When you read this book, most people, especially those in the creative industries will no doubt have an aha moment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. J. Penny
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dated now
As others have said, it's a very quick read, more of an essay and really should cost a lot less than the price of a magazine.
Published 5 months ago by H Crossley
5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent quick read that explains the process so that anyone can...
I am looking forward to using these ideas in the production of my newest book. I would recommend this book highly.
Published 5 months ago by Dennis R Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Short reminder of how to get ideas
It's a short reprint of what might be described as an early pamphlet about how to make ideas appear. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Halfacre
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