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Kick-starting this week’s retrospective, here are some inspirational sketch quotes, to help you to push past that Monday feeling.
Feeling stumped? Got creative block?
Here are 12 proven strategies to help you refill your creative juices.
Now for the controversial bit...
don't really believe in creative block!
I agree with Seth Godin: it's a myth!
He was speaking specifically about writers block, but it I feel it applies to all types of creative block:
"Writer's block is a myth created by people who are afraid to do the work."
You can read more about his thoughts on this here.
Creative block comes from many different places: perfection, Procrastination, choice paralysis, expectations and fear of sharing ideas.
I love Seth’s concept: plumbers don't get plumber's block, and teachers don't get teacher's block.
Why should creativity be any different?
The difference is having a process and doing the work.
The best antidote for creative block is to discover techniques that work to unlock your creative genius.
I hope that these notes help you to do this.
This week’s recap notes: A Recipe for Design Thinking
What is Design Thinking, and how do I get started?
Here’s a six-ingredient recipe to ensure you can cook up some tasty Design Thinking for yourself.
Design Thinking takes a user-centric approach to problem solving.
It's less about traditional objects and visuals, focusing instead on the user’s experience.
This recipe of Design Thinking dates back to the 1960s — it became more mainstream after the IDEO design agency was formed.
Design Thinking is not just for designers!
Everything around us has been designed. So it must be good right?
Thinking like a designer can help you create, innovate, and even lead and manage people.
These six ingredients work together to empower you to create and develop hard hitting solutions that work for you, your team and your client.
I hope this recipe helps you as much as it has helped me!
What's the difference between amateurs and professionals?
Beyond the obvious difference of getting paid for your work, let's look at the difference in perception and mindset.
Amateurs are generalist, and don’t tend to focus on one particular area, which means that they compete with all the other generalists.
They have a tendency to self-diagnose and create work based on their own tastes.
Professionals are specialists, experts in a small, focused field — as a result, they can only be compared to a few people (if any).
They diagnose before prescribing a solution, ensuring each solution is tailored for each client.
Thanks to these notes, I now have a much clearer understanding of the difference and the steps on becoming a better creative professional.
I hope the list of notes help you do the same.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any more to add to this list.
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Until next time… in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good morning and good night.