Our phones are devices of enormous possibility. Think about THAT the next time you open Instagram out of boredom, only to realize that you had just closed it only minutes ago.
Put your phone (and brain) to better use—these apps offer a more productive outlet to let your creative mind wander.
Blendoku is Sudoku for the color obsessed. The idea is to complete the grid with a smooth sequence of colors, making them blend from all corners of the board. This addictive game is challenging and will keep you thinking. Best of all, it’s free and available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
“The secret against anxiety,” this adult coloring book app is what you’ve been missing in your life. Create your own color combinations, paint intricate designs with the tap of a finger and free your mind of the bunk. This free app is available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
Loop lets you create hand-drawn animations on your iPad and share them with friends and colleagues. This easy-to-use app provides a new avenue for expression and communication by taking your sketches to a new dimension. You can download this iOS app for 99¢.
Shoot, edit and share your photographs with filter options that go way beyond what Instagram can offer. Other VSCO apps add the social aspect, allowing you to publish your original content and find inspiration from others in the creative community. With Separate Focus and Exposure Rings, this free Android and iOS app will revamp your mobile photography game.
Express yourself by collaborating with other creatives on this poem-writing app. HaikuJAM began to let people work together to create Haikus by adding one line at a time, but has since expanded to the creation of photo and image montages, too. This free app for iOS and Android is a great way to unscramble a stuck brain.
Writer’s block is a real obstacle to creativity, and OFlow was designed to push through that boundary and get you thinking. With hundreds of proven suggestions and exercises to spur creativity—like creating stories for people you see, or asking a child how they would solve your problem—this $1 iOS app is any writer’s favorite companion.
Any other apps help you stay creative? Tell us which ones are your favorite!