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Creative Presentations of Creative People: How to Stay Motivated

August 14, 2014 Graphic Design, General 0 Comments

Every creative person needs to be inspired, and inspiration doesn't always come from a teacher, book or website. It may come from another creative person. Creative presentations of creative people offer insight into the creative process and the minds of some of the most celebrated people around the globe. If you need a dose of inspiration, grab a cup of coffee or tea, open a new tab in your browser and be open to thinking about design and creativity in a different way.

Creative Presentations of Creative People: How to Stay Motivated'Design for All Five Senses'

Are you wondering how to make your designs better? Designer and former professor Jinsop Lee thinks you can improve your designs if you make them multi-sensory. In other words, incorporate as many of the senses — taste, touch, sight, smell and sound — into your designs as possible. In his presentation, "Design for All Five Senses," Jinsop explains how he discovered that the more senses a design incorporates, the better it is. As you watch the presentation, think about how you can incorporate more of the senses into your own work. Hint: Make it more tactile.

'Your Creative Genius'

Elizabeth Gilbert is an author, not a designer. However, her presentation, "Your Creative Genius," still applies to designers because she talks about dealing with the anxiety that comes from the fear of thinking your work won't be received well. She also touches on creating a safe space, which allows you to do your work with confidence and without fear. Gilbert urges you to show up and do the work that you are here to do as a creative, whether or not you are praised for it. So, if you are here to design, then design. In Gilbert's own words, "'Ole!' to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up."

'How to Build Your Creative Confidence'

If you've ever had a classmate or teacher tell you that your work is horrible or simply not good enough, this talk is for you. David Kelly, a designer and one of the founders of IDEO, has made it his mission in life to empower people to embrace their creativity. So, if you are feeling like you've lost your creative edge, watch this talk to get back on track.

'Great Design Is Serious, Not Solemn'

Paula Scher, a renowned graphic designer, explains the difference between serious and solemn work in "Great Design Is Serious, Not Solemn." According to Scher, solemn work is socially correct and is the type of work that right-brained designers should do. Serious work, on the other hand, is often inspired by play, fun and spontaneity. To Scher, her best work is serious, not solemn, and throughout her talk, she takes you through her serious work and the process that allows her to create "seriously playful" work. Take notes.


These creative presentations of creative people are for you because you can actually attend them. CreativeMornings is a creative talk held one Friday morning of the month in cities around the globe. Each Friday, a creative from industries such as design, advertising or art, gives a talk. Register to attend a talk in your local chapter. Then, set an alarm and head on over. Don't worry — breakfast and the creative talk are free.

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