Monday, October 27, 2008

My Creativity Bookshop

Last week I added a new addition to my sidebar links - A bookshop. My creativity bookshop has all the books I've mentioned in previous posts plus a few more of my favorites to inspire you.

It's divided into three categories:

  1. General Creativity
  2. Business Creativity
  3. Art / Design

Monday, October 20, 2008

Celebrate National Design Week

This week Cooper-Hewitt launches National Design Week:

An initiative that aims to draw national attention to the ways in which design enriches everyday life, through outreach to school teachers and their students, and partnerships with design organizations across the country.
To celebrate this year there are several events to participate in:

People's Design Award
Vote online for this year's favorite design.

National Design Award
A gala event to celebrate design and its impact on daily life.

  • How can you celebrate design this week?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Overcoming Creative Blocks

I admit, like most people, I get creatively blocked. This latest bout though has been going on awhile now. Yes, I have creative ideas but have been finding it difficult to actually sit down and turn them into reality.

So what causes creative blocks and what can we do to get past them? According to Steven Pressfield in the War of Art, it's called resistance or that feeling you get when you can't sit down to create. The feeling that makes you want to do everything from get a cup of coffee, talk on the phone or search the web, rather than create. Basically, it's anything you do to avoid actually being productive.

Pressfield's solution to overcoming resistance is to simply sit down and do the work that needs to get done. Like Twyla Tharp, in her book the Creative Habit, Pressfield believes that eventually the work will flow once we are engaged, and like Tharp he believes that creating must be a habit, something that is done every day.

Recently, I've been giving into my resistance and not creating at all, because I haven't had the time to sit down everyday and create.

  • What do you do when life gets in the way of your creating?