This week we are launching a regular series of posts on new techniques for brainstorming.

Let’s kick it all off with a visual.

brainstorm spider

We all know that a picture says a thousand words, right?  Well why not try brainstorming via the power of imagery.

I found this image on flickr but not by mindlessly trawling through the millions of pictures tagged with the word brainstorm.  Instead I used a tool called FlickrStorm, whose entire purpose is to help the user brainstorm by not only returning much more specific image search results but also throwing in a few wild cards.

Try it for yourself, it’s a great way to kick things off.