Have a brilliant MMXIV…

At the end of one year and the beginning of another, do you take time out to look back at what has passed, or do you look forward to what is to be in the future? Maybe it is not such a simple either or scenario?

Have a brilliant MMXIV…

Have a brilliant MMXIV…

It can be really useful to look back and take stock on what has been achieved or learnt from events that have taken place in the previous year, but equally it is important to dream dreams of what could be, and to plan where you want to be, and what you want to achieve in the coming next 12 months…

In reality however, it is probably good to have both an overarching perspective gained from looking both back and forward… all whilst making the most of the here and now! All very much par for the course as part of the creative multi-tasking culture!

Whatever way you choose to look at things, I hope you have a brilliant MMXIV…

 

Stop and get out now if you want inspiration…

What are you waiting for? Staring at screen won’t help. Bing or Google in this case are not actually your friends.

What you actually need is new perspective, new ways of thinking and this rarely happens when you stay (stagnate) in the same place, doing the same old things whilst you remain safe and cozy within in your self-defined comfort zone.

We have the privilege of living within a rapidly changing technological landscape, with an ever-increasing array of mind-boggling opportunities and possibilities, yet still some of the greatest creative tools that have ever been invented, are also the cheapest and most readily available.

The humble pen, pencil, sketch/note-book are one of the most important and valuable creative assets you can possibly have. Use them, don’t leave home without them, they rock! Treasure them, treat them with careless abandonment, dare to doodle, scribble down ideas, join the dots and see what direction it takes you in…

the humble pencil is one of the most fundamental and essential creative tools that exist

the humble pencil is one of the most fundamental and essential creative tools that exist

Worry not about the quality of line, the visual imperfections of your ability to draw, this is simply all about exploring ideas, giving birth to thoughts or concepts, and then bringing them into a visual reality.

A classic demonstration of this was from a simple sketch that Ben Pon (a former Olympian and motor racing driver from the Netherlands) made in April 1947 when he came across a very strange vehicle that a group of German car manufacturer employees had built themselves to make their work easier when transporting heavy parts from production hall to production hall…

Ben Pon took his notebook and sketched a type of vehicle that did not exist in the world at that time – a forward control vehicle with rear engine and a box shaped body. This sketch marked the starting point of a million selling vehicle: the Volkswagen Transporter.

Ben Pon took his notebook and sketched a type of vehicle that did not exist in the world at that time – a forward control vehicle with rear engine and a box-shaped body. This sketch marked the starting point of a million selling vehicle: the Volkswagen Transporter.

At first sight it really is not that impressive as a piece of ‘art’, but it was the concept that was captured on paper. A little later, on 23rd April, this impression crystallised into an idea. Ben Pon took his notebook and sketched a type of vehicle that did not exist in the world at that time – a forward control vehicle with rear engine and a box-shaped body. This simple sketch marked the starting point of a million selling vehicle: the Volkswagen Transporter the vehicle that has become an iconic design for many generations to this very day!

The iconic Volkswagen Split screen 23 window deluxe microbus

The iconic Volkswagen Split screen 23 window deluxe microbus

As one (of the many) great lines from Fight Club proclaims, ‘How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?’

In this instance of looking for inspiration, the ‘fight’ is not an underground fight cub, it is more often a fight against the self-imposed boundaries that tend to limit the creative process. You need to shake things up, break some routines and push the boundaries of our experiences if we are see things in a new way.

If you have not already had an opportunity to read the excellent book ‘Sticky Wisdom: How to Start a Creative Revolution at Work’, I can highly recommend it as a way of helping you find easy and very practical ways of incorporating new creative principles into your everyday lifestyle.

Carpe diem – do it now before the rut becomes too deep to escape from!