“Designing for Change”, the 2017 Semi Permanent book

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

The 2017 Semi Permanent book is in the planning stages, and submissions are being accepted from creatives interested in having their work included. Anything goes, including photography, illustration, painting, design, 3D, sculpture, typography, and street art, so get to it.

You have until 5 February. More information about specifications, etc, can be found here.

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Your task should you accept it, devise twenty new ideas each day

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

T-shirt designs. Book ideas. Poster ideas. Furniture designs. Song titles. Are any of these relevant to your line of work? Even it they aren’t, giving thought to such things can go about helping you conceive of ideas in your field.

After all, we’re not advised to think beyond the box for no reason.

But these are among things that New York based creative director Rodd Chant mulls over constantly, in devising twenty new ideas every day. The results may not be directly applicable to his line of work, but that doesn’t matter. Coming up with the ideas is what counts.

An essential exercise especially, if you work as a creative professional.

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If you sail across mirror lake will you have bad luck for seven years?

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016

Swedish photographer Erik Johansson’s idea to create the surface of a lake using shattered mirrors, that is titled Impact, was intriguing enough, but the behind the scenes video clip that records the work being produced is equally fascinating.

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On living like a creative, if that floats your boat

Wednesday, 9 March, 2016

Maybe you do, maybe you don’t, want to live like a creative, that is. If you do though, here’s what to expect, and also what others will expect of you.

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Larks are more productive, while night owls are more creative

Friday, 27 November, 2015

The debate as to whether it is better to be an early bird, or a night owl, is bound to take plenty more twists and turns, until, who knows, people finally tire of the subject all together. I’m more night owl, and am pleased to have never subscribed to the various schools of thought that say we’re all early birds, or larks, and that there is no room for variance.

Whatever happened to each to their own? Some more thought on the topic though suggests that those who are early to rise tend to be more productive (so, that’s why I achieve so little), while night owls tend to be more creative. Seems to me the world needs a combination of both.

It’s all about what you’re doing with the time you have. Yes, early birds might be more productive, but late risers are more creative. Early risers take advantage of those morning hours to do mundane activities like go to the gym, make coffee and get to work early, but it’s the late sleepers who really take advantage of the night – the special time to create and invent something new.

As someone who is sitting down at ten o’clock most evenings to work on a writing project – no, it’s nothing to do with NaNoWriMo – this is a sentiment that makes a lot of sense.

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The creative’s voice, something that takes time to find

Friday, 28 August, 2015

Creatives, be they writers, artists, musicians, designers, photographers, or illustrators, to name but a few, have a voice, or a particular way of expressing themselves, through their work.

And here’s the thing, rarely is someone born with this voice, it is something that evolves, sometimes quite slowly, over time.

Unquestionably, there are outliers among us, but there is also a fairly identifiable path that many of the most resonant artists, writers, and even leaders have walked on their journey to greatness. While we often believe that mastery and success are singular events, they typically arrive in layers.

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For a creative recharge, “Birthlight” by Christian Stangl

Friday, 3 July, 2015

Is your creativity waning? Searching for inspiration, but not finding anything? Or maybe you just need a little time out? Presenting Birthlight by Christian Stangl, it might just be the desired tonic:

This short film by motion designer Christian Stangl is based on thousands of microscopic stills from which these stunning timelapse scenarios emerge. Stangl’s self-made chemical processes perform an endless dance of growing and dissolving, flooding and evaporating, melting and recrystalizing, creating an all together perfectly synced synthesis of sound and picture.

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Walking enhances creativity, walking backwards supercharges it

Thursday, 9 April, 2015

Walking has been recognised for a while as an active ingredient in the problem solving process, but if you really wanted to ramp up the effectiveness of pacing about in search of solutions, trekking backwards may in fact be the way to go:

The established routines and habits of everyday life can stifle our ability to think creatively. That’s according to a new study that’s based on the “embodied cognition” idea that performing bodily movements in a conventional manner encourages the mind to follow suit, and vice versa. The researchers say that by breaking out of physical conformity – such as by walking backwards instead of forwards – we can foster a more creative mindset.

Walking in reverse poses an obvious concern however, how to see who, or what, may be in your path, before some mishap occurs. Contriving of a solution to that quandary ought to therefore be the first order of business for anyone considering walking backwards so as to solve problems.

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Boredom, a tedious way to bolster creativity

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Thankfully I rarely experience bouts of boredom. There’s always something going wrong around here, meaning my mind is seldom in neutral long enough for such state to take hold. It’s far from pleasant though when it happens, that much is certain.

As hard as it may be to believe however, a certain degree of boredom can be beneficial, as it can help enhance creativity:

As we all know, being bored can feel awful, as though the monotonous tick-tock of time is slowly eating your brain. This is why Candy Crush was invented. More seriously, it can signal depression, feeling cut off from the world. The Norwegian philosopher Lars Svendsen, in his book A Philosophy of Boredom, calls boredom “meaning withdrawal.” But in recent years, science, with a little extra time on its hands, has been poking around in boredom and surmising that it may not be a negative thing. It may be evolution’s way of saying, “Get out of the house and be creative.” It may be reminding us that to be human is to be connected to the world.

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Creative success in the Internet age, it’s pixel by pixel in a way

Monday, 8 December, 2014

US artist and entrepreneur Molly Crabapple talks success, and making a living, working as a creative online. This snippet however would sum things up for many people, whether creative, online, or not:

I’ve never had a big break. I’ve just had tiny cracks in this wall of indifference until finally the wall wasn’t there any more.

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