And that’s probably exactly the required response … if you want to overcome creative block and spark your imagination!
Have a good laugh!
Breakthrough!: 100 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination is a small and very colourful and typographic book compiled by designer Alex Cornell, and published in 2012 by Princeton Architectural Press.
When Alex was writing a blog post in 2010 on ‘creative block strategies’ he was struck by creative block himself.
he sent an SOS-email to his friends and role models to share their wisdom …
Which became his most popular post!
And that turned into this book Breakthrough!: 100 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination where 90 leading designers, typographers, photographers, illustrators, musicians, writers and other creative professionals share their solutions.
With a foreword by Erik Spiekerman talking about his mum’s response if he moans about why he ever got into the business of design …
When you feel the creativity disappearing just pick this book up an dip in …
Just knowing you aren’t the only one and what weird and wonderful strategies other creatives use …
And your creative sparkle will soon be back!
Here are some abstracts of some of my favourites in this book:
- ‘I always start out by listening to music. Ambient, electronic, and motion-picture soundtracks/scores get me in a certain mood and state of mind.’ – Kim Holtermand, photographer
- ‘I try to avoid working late.’ – Dan Kenneally, Art Director & artist
- ‘Why not try coffee – right before bed’ by Camm Rowland, Creative Director at Digital Kitchen
- ‘A deadline is always the best cure.’ – Ben Barry, graphic designer at Facebook
- ‘It’s necessary to make a mess.’ – Curtis Baigent, motion-and-design artist
- ‘Get away from your computer. If I’m at a low point, the worst thing I can do is sit and stare at the screen or goof around Twitter.’ – James White, artist and designer
- ‘Surf the web. Write inane tweets. Check out your high school friends on Facebook. Feel smug.’ – Debbie Millman, writer & artist
- ‘As a product designer, most of what I do is twofold: understand the problem I want to solve and approach it from as many angels as I can. After executing on a well-defined and accurately constrained problem in multiple ways, it soon becomes obvious what the true or best solution is. Creative block generally arises from a breakdown in this process. If you’re stuck in the middle of the design, it probably means that you’re not asking enough questions. Who is the audience? What do you feel? What do they desire? What will improve their life and create joy? How do other designers tackle similar problems?’ – Robert Andersen, Product designer at Square
And in case you wonder which one made me laugh out loud …
It’s this one here above: ‘Make something very elaborate & repetitive in the kitchen’ – Kyle Bean, artist and designer.
Breakthrough!: 100 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination is a lovely little book to have for those moments that you need to be reminded that you are human too.