Which version should you take?

  • Non-credit

    Choose this course if you don't need continuing education credits. A design background is not required (but it's ok if you have one!).

  • Credit

    Choose this course if you're a design professional and you'd like to earn 1.0 CEUs of IDCEC-approved continuing education credits.

Who should take the course?

Anyone who wants to improve creatively for pleasure or profit

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“Donald, I have led corporate creativity and innovation for 40 years (with Exxon, GE Energy, and as owner/business creator), and frankly, your course was one of the best ever.”

Mark G., Creativity consultantMark G., Creativity consultant

“Your course was incredibly inspirational and groundbreaking for me, and I would like to share my appreciation. I found your content extremely interesting and very much enjoyed your formatting and delivery method.  A few items you discussed have been popping up to me recently — Einstein and Neurobiology, Creative vs Analytical Thinking…It's refreshing to hear it explained in detail instead of interpreting it from books.”

Cullen C., Interior designerCullen C., Interior designer

“So much great information packed into one hour — it was hard to catch all of it!”

Emily M., Interior designerEmily M., Interior designer

“I really enjoyed your course. I can't stop thinking about it!”

William G., ArchitectWilliam G., Architect

“I loved this class! Donald explains the concepts clearly, articulately and in an engaging way. I like the use of photos for the entire video — I didn't get bored and tune out for a second. The content is helpful; it introduced me to studies and findings that I had never heard of. I am excited about making some changes to my home based on what I've learned.”

Madeleine B., Skillshare studentMadeleine B., Skillshare student


  • Donald M. Rattner, Architect

    Donald M. Rattner, Architect


    Donald M. Rattner, AIA helps organizations and individuals optimize creative thinking in workplace, learning, residential, wellness, hospitality, and commercial environments. Educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, and Parsons School of Design. Workshop and lecture venues include NeoCon, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Mornings, AIA state chapter events, and many others. Among his publications are the award-winning My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, The Creativity Catalog, Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture, entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels. His work has been featured on CNN and in such publications as The New York Times, Town & Country, Robb Report, Residential Architect, Builder, Traditional Building Magazine, L-Magazine, and Design Milk. Rattner holds a BA in art history from Columbia and an MArch from Princeton.