Recharge Your Design Batteries: Creative Challenges to Stretch Your Imagination
by John O’Reilly and Tony Linkson
I have been trying to read self-help books lately because I am having problems in making designs that I feel the need for some creativity boost. I was actually scouting Book Sale when I chanced upon this and thought that maybe another self-help book would make my mind more focused on work. Anyway, just like Steal Like An Artist, this book provides tips and activities that will help you gain creative freedom on your own time and style which you may stock and then use when the need arises.
Here are some tips and activities which I found very helpful:
- Always carry with you your own sketchbook
- Carving an hour once a month dedicated to an improvised creative project using intensely a very limited time restriction – this helps in honing your creative focus and instinctive thinking
- Try restricting the tools you have at your disposal – when you limit your resources, the tendency is to execute your ideas in the most simple possible way. It also helps you experiment in using a different approach to creating art.
- Use personal experience as inspiration.
- “Personal creative work can get sidelined if there’s no reason to finish it by a specific date”
- Exercise – do more in order to have more.
- ” The thing is we can never be given freedom, it’s not in someone else’s gift. We have to take it, commit to it and shape our freedom in every creative action. Creativity defines our freedom.”
- Put yourself in a situation you don’t normally feel comfortable with – “We are not Jedi warriors, we really don’t have to keep on facing our daily Darth Vader in the form of clients or work we don’t really like. We really can remake our professional future.”
- Record or note your personal sensory experiences and use it as a guide or starting point in trying something out creatively.
- Do a brainstorm every two weeks. You don’t really need to complete something cohesive. Just share your ideas and interact about your goals. It helps stretch your creative muscles.
There really is just too much I want to write here but doing so may be more like rewriting the whole idea of the book.