You’ll be diligently working at your desk when it sneaks up on you. Like a ninja in the night, you are unaware of the presence until it is already upon you. It releases a floodgate in your mind, no, your soul, that pours forth artistry from the depths of your loins. You are under the influence, creatively speaking. Those moments in which you do your best work.
It seems to me that I experience times when my mind is ripe with imagination. I would love to be in this mood more often. Major life events aside, I believe there are aspects of our daily life that can nurture that creative spark. So I’ve compiled a list of ten things that I find influence me. It may be something else for you, but I believe a combination of elements can lift us to an inspired level. Whether you’re an artist, designer, or musician, if you thrive on creativity then combining these tips could be for you.
Find what draws an emotional response out of you. Lately for me it’s been Switchfoot, The Fray, and Jasmine Thompson. When I listen to their music, it causes a lot of introspection. My thoughts go to my wife, missing her even if I just saw her that morning, wanting to provide a better life for her. I think about how I want to improve as a person. In those places my mind seems to draw from a deeper creative well. To mix things up I’ll listen to some Lord of the Rings/Hobbit soundtracks, especially An Unexpected Journey. Howard Shore masterfully tells a story with sound that absolutely gets to me. Think about what music draws a response out of you and try to listen to those while designing. The Pandora App is great for that.