Products, services, ideas and even political candidates are continuously promoted in mass quantities literally at the speed of light. But is anyone buying what you're selling?
Why bother thinking outside the box, when the box itself is a fiction? Open your mind up to the limitless possibilities of a world without creative boundaries.
A very wise uncle once told me that if I loved my job, I'd never have to to work a day in my life. Creative work can be crazy and stressful at times, but somehow it never feels like a job.
Every germ of an idea has an innate quality of flow embedded deeply within its DNA. One of the best things you can do to foster creativity is to identify that Flow - and go with it.
Just another take on "There Is No Box." Practice thinking in several directions at once. If an idea isn't working in any of the forward gears, why not try reverse?
The very universe in which we live is mostly illusion; this isn't science fiction, but science fact. Distinguishing between the real and the imagined is a lifelong pursuit.
It's a coarse world out there, and it's getting coarser. If you incorporate things like Elegance, Grace and Beauty into your work - you'll stand out as being refreshingly different.
The head of a bull on the body of a man? Or maybe a fish on a bicycle. Throughout history, artists have created some amazing mash-ups. 1 +1 very often does equal 3. Try it.
Back in art school, the harder I worked, the luckier I got. Hundreds of rough sketches - even quick gesture drawings - will eventually yield a killer idea. The secret? Keep moving.
I'll never lose my enthusiasm for incongruous elements pieced together, sometimes seamlessly - sometimes very obviously. Working with this stuff is just plain fun.
Call me crazy, but blank or partially completed pages are always talking to me. "This needs more color." Maybe "Too top-heavy" or "more white space." It pays to listen.
Stephen Covey: "Begin with the end in mind . . . . all things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things."
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