That's why!



Because there is a lot of talk out there about the importance of creativity but little action. That's why.

Because many misunderstand creativity or reduce it to art or drawing. That's why.

Because our innate ability to create novel ideas and our courage to try them are more hindered than empowered. That's why. 

Because curbing creativity starts at school, continues throughout our profession and creeps into our everyday life. That's why.

Because people often opt out of being creative as we easily lose our creative confidence. That's why.

A lack of creativity not only affects us as individuals but also curbs our potential as a society. That's why.

Because, after all, we all are amidst an important creativity project: to create our own lives, everyday. That's why.

Because creativity allows us to express ourselves and to act upon our beliefs, imagination and ideas. That's why.

Because some of us promised to our younger selves, to never plain boring. That's why.

Because creativity leads to fuller and richer lives. That's why. 


Our Mission

We set out to propel the understanding, application and appreciation of creativity and design through various activities and formats. 

We have a very clear mission: to make exploring and developing creativity as natural and as popular as physical workouts.

Our Vision

Our drive is to encourage as many people as possible to explore their creativity and live creative lives. We believe that creativity leads to richer and fuller lives.

We strongly assume that the world is better off when people motivate themselves and others to use their creative potential. It's a leap of faith but too important to not to try. 


My Story

Stephan Kardos    Founder of The Creativity And Design Gym

Stephan Kardos
Founder of The Creativity And Design Gym

"I started 'the gym' early 2014 as a side project which emerged from Open IDEO's 'creative confidence challenge'. My goal was to foster creative confidence and human-centered design in my local community. Since then I started and cooperated on lots of projects.

Since the beginnings I designed and facilitated 30+ community workouts, spoke about creativity in front of big and small audiences, co-created a card game on SDGs, designed a learning module for design thinking for european-wide education project, lectured in university programs, wrote on creativity, and much more.

All of things above seemed very unreal back in 2014. I grew a lot, personally and professionally, and want to support others to do so, too.

I wish for more people to regain their creative confidence because then, to quote David Kelley, "magic happens".