As designers we are constantly fed new ideas of what the ideal design process is or should be. Countless frameworks tell us that if we just go about the business of creativity in a certain way then our designs are sure to be successful. In reality I’m sure we all know that there probably is no secret formula; no one-size-fits-all solution. That said, learning how others work can give us access to alternative ways of thinking that we can tap into when […]
The above puzzle “comes from a Hong Kong elementary school admission test for six-year-olds, who are required to solve it within 20 seconds. Based on the visible numbers, the students are asked to determine the number of the spot where the car is parked.” “At first glance it might seem like logic or algebra is needed to find the right answer. But, as it turns out, the solution is much easier than it first appears. It is explained below. The trick is to […]
99U.com is a site run by behance that runs articles about creativity and productivity with the tagline “Insights on making ideas happen”. Many of the articles use an easy reading list format and provide simple and useful tips on how to improve your practice. See here to read “How to Get More People to Actually See Your Work“, or “3 Exercises to Smash Your Creative Blocks“.
The wisdom of the crowd is a powerful thing, and often the solutions reached by averaging the opinions of a crowd can be more accurate than those offered by any one individual, even if that individual is an expert in the field. This is an idea that we can apply in our own work by making collaboration an integral part of our design processes. Check out the full article here.
Interesting talk by David Kelley about building your creative confidence. When people gain back their creative confidence they start to work on things that are really important to them, they make better decisions and produce more interesting ideas to choose from. The world shouldn’t be divided in to the creatives and non creatives. “To allow people to realise that they are naturally creative, and should let their ideas fly”
“If we’re not constantly absorbing, scrutinizing, and learning from the world around us, our work will be nothing more than noise. Cultural awareness is more than downloading the newest app and reading tech blogs. Get outside, educate yourself on current events, get involved in your community, read a book, travel, try a new recipe, exercise, pick up a paper and pen, get out of your comfort zone, TURN OFF YOUR PHONE.” Check out this article by Laura Polkus definitely an eye […]