Where does creative inspiration come from? Can we be the engineers of our own inspiration? How do we uncover and discover those nuggets of creative genius that help drive projects both personal and professional forward? OK, so while I may not have the space to answers all of these questions in this brief blog post (for risk of turning into War And Peace), I can offer some perspective on what to do when creative blockages happen (and how to overcome it)…
Whatever the creative task, we all hit a brick wall from time to time - but the wall, obstacle or blockage is actually part of the process; a healthy cerebral (and sometimes physical) challenge we must push ourselves to overcome. We actually need to get 'lost in the woods' in order that we end up seeing the woods from the trees, creatively speaking.
At CorporateEdge we've created a few little tools that help us remember this fact when creativity and inspiration seems out of reach. All you need to do is look up, get up, and try something different for a while. Here's one of our simple tools - try if for yourself. If you ever get stuck - pick one of these at random, and inspiration will be just around the corner...
A recent piece in The New York Times also had some nice ideas to help inspire creativity. However, if that's not enough, here are my top 3 online 'places' for a little 'out-there' inspiration:
1. Design Taxi - brilliant creative, ingenious, 'driving you to bright ideas'
2. The Cool Hunter - a broad reference platform for amazing and wonderful stories, buildings, artworks, places, things.
3. Springwise - a more entrepreneurial tip, but great for motivating your sense of the possible.