Keeping It Fresh

What inspires you creatively? Where do you look to for creative inspiration? What creative activities are you involved in outside of your profession and how do they contribute to the work that you do?

I began thinking about this question a few months ago when I enrolled in a silversmithing class that meets one night a week at a local community college. It was something I had always wanted to learn how to do and I felt like I needed to try something new to break up my weekly routine. Working in the field of Landscape Architecture, I am “creating” every day, but there is a part of me that needs to be making things with my hands.  In Landscape Architecture, the creative process is often measured over periods of months or years, but with a craft such as silversmithing, you are rewarded with the immediate satisfaction of moving from design to finished product in a matter of hours…and you get the added bonus of being able to hold the finished product in my hands.  When you follow the same routine day after day, it is harder to change your pattern of thinking. Changing my routine and learning something new has me inspired and thinking more creatively.

As creative people, we all need to look to other places for inspiration. Whether it is taking a class and learning something new, drawing, dancing, doing yoga, cooking, listening to interesting podcasts, reading ,or hiking in nature, participating in other activities in our free time can change how we think and feel, lead to fresh ideas in our work and lead to an overall greater sense of satisfaction with our lives.

We wanted to share our list of inspirational resources…Feel free to add your favorites!

1.Change your homepage to something that inspires, calms, or clears your mind.  It is one of the first things you look at when you get to work…save yourself the trauma of jumping right in to what everyone else needs from you asap (i.e. your email).

2. Spend a few minutes gazing into one of the largest aquariums in the world.

3.  Check out some of our favorite podcasts:

After The Jump

Design Matters

We Dig Plants

Studio 360

Radiolab

4. Peruse these great design blogs:

Inhabitat

Adaptive Reuse

Cool Hunting

 

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