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The Thinking Creative: 5 Ways to Get (and Stay) Creatively Inspired

Inspiration is a terrible thing to waste, but as we all know – it’s well known to strike at inopportune times. Whether it’s in the studio, on the train or in the shower – the creative process knows no boundaries. Being able to tune into those inspired moments is key to turning them into a reality. Tap into a few of these habits and to turn inspiration into innovation. Take Note When you feel those creative sparks flying, it’s time to get out the notebook and take some notes. Director of design, Erin Lentz at Artversion takes it a step further by dictating voice notes on her iPhone on her commute and using Evernote to capture her inspiration on the go, saying; ‘I never know when that aha moment will strike, helping to crack the code on a project.” Keep Good Company One of the keys to getting inspired in the…

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2 months, 11 days ago
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The Positive Side of a Creative Block

The flow of creativity is a strange thing. Like precious a natural resource, it comes in waves – either a big rush or a slow trickle. A constant stream is a rare gift and can sometimes be taken for granted. The fact is, creative roadblocks can actually be a good thing. If you continue on the same path for too long, innovation is hindered and new solutions have next to no chance of seeing the light of day. It’s the action of doing something new, something as simple as taking a different path to work or ordering a different meal – that can be the catalyst for reinvigorating creative mojo. You might not even know you lost it, or were even looking for it, but the feeling will be unmistakable – an ignition of your creative self. Getting Creatively Un-Stuck Unplug This might be the most obvious, but the hardest…

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1 year, 1 month ago
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Keeping Agile In The Evolving Creative Marketplace

Good news, if you are reading this post – you’re already one step ahead. In the current and constantly changing design and technology landscape, talent and drive are key – but being informed will push the envelope even further. Staying on top of industry trend patterns, innovators, designers and developments allows an already creative mind the space to open up even more possibility for future Read (or Listen) Up From blogs to print magazines and journals – gathering knowledge by keeping tabs on the latest publications is one of the best ways to stay in the know. Digital content is highly up to date but can be sometimes be fleeting since trends change so regularly. Keep an eye out for content patterns – if you begin to see multiple publications on the same topic that means it’s probably worth a second look. If you can’t spare the time, podcasts are also…

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1 year, 8 months ago
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Using Data to Heighten the Creative Process

It’s all too common for data to be seen as a creativity killer. To most creatives, the thought of analyzing content, numbers, charts and graphs has been seen as both a daunting and cumbersome process – an all out war against the design process. But what if data could be the key to what makes the creative experience truly free? With storytelling and user experience at the top of most brand strategies, data has become a necessary aspect of providing the right messaging (both visual and contextual) to the end user. Consumers are providing critically valuable information from the digital environment as they engage with brands, leaving a trail of signals. These cues, while backed in analytics, can help designers in creating rich experiential  landscapes that exceed expectations across all platforms. As much of an oxymoron as it may seem, creatives need constraints to tap into true innovation. Without some…

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1 year, 8 months ago
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Improving Your Project Management Style

We all know that project management isn’t as simple as it may seem. It takes a certain type of individual to excel at the level most clients and internal stakeholders expect. Working efficiently can make or break a project, and for even the most organized of people, the right tools and skills are needed to effectively manage the milestones and deliverables required. Kick-Off Strong To determine the management needs of a project, many factors come into play. A kick off meeting should be held to agree what is the most appropriate route – taking into consideration the size of team, timeline and overall scope of the project. For example, a single ad with a static image and copy using a designer and copywriter has much different PM requirements than that of a website development project. Regardless of size and scope, all kick-off meetings should result in the distribution of a…

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2 years, 13 days ago
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Let It Go: Working Happy in 2015

Find a job that will bring you success and happiness will follow. Right?…Not necessarily. 

Studies have shown that happiness itself leads to success, not the other way around. Individuals who are the happiest are also the most productive – a shocking fact to consider; shouldn’t the amount of work accomplished be unrelated to the emotional state of the employee? 

 Of course, my rhetoric has given the answer away already. Happier people are more energetic as they approach their daily workload and their relationships with their coworkers and peers, and tend to be more creative. Being more amicable in groups than their morose counterparts, they work well with others and feel more resilient, handling challenges with strength (such energy is necessary when tackling difficult issues, as setbacks tend to occur and can weigh someone down – happiness lends the fire to move past roadblocks). The most successful people are the…

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2 years, 2 months ago
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3 Ways to Stand Out: Personalize Your Brand

Ever since childhood we are taught the importance of being your own person, shaping yourself to be who you want to be (and of course maximizing our potential), and creating our own path. Making a footprint in life, etc. So is it really surprising that as adults we stress the significance of personalizing our web design and workspace?

 Your website is the greatest chance an organization has at a fantastic first impression – while both current and new customers see that there was real effort put into the design process, even a company considering the rebranding process can see that there is great value in personalization. Showing your audience that you’ve taken the time to consider their needs and have created an interface that mirrors those values (showing them that your organization is serious about its message) is one of the best tactics to great customer interaction. Why? Because humanizing…

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2 years, 3 months ago
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Creative Design: Shaping Your Work Environment

We don’t exactly know how creativity takes place within the brain, but every industry has experienced some ideas and aspects that have shown positive results. How do we build and embrace creativity within the work environment? How can we shape that space to be one that inspires? Of all the research done on the subject, two categories have shown to be most effective – the physical environment where individuals do most of their work and thinking, and the interpersonal environment that shapes the relationships within the work place. Physical Environment

 Surround yourself with inspiration. Creative organizations are embracing urban zoning in their office planning process, thinking about what emotion needs to be infused in the space. Does there need to be a quiet, contemplative writing area? Should you include an area that allows for a few hours of uninterrupted concentration? Do the walls and window area need to be bright…

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2 years, 4 months ago