Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw
We can not all become the next Steve Jobs or win the Nobel Prize in Literature, like the Irish playwright Bernard Shaw, but we are all able to embrace a more magical, innovative and colourful way to look at the world if we allow ourselves to do so. We need to allocate a few minutes every day. To imagine. Without considering it daydreaming. Or time wasting.
Albert Einstein believed that ‘imagination is more important than knowledge’ and I could not agree more. However, there’s only so many hours in the day and deadlines to meet, so despite my preaching about the importance of getting inspired you might find yourself with very little time for it.
Hence this blog post.
As a graphic designer I do take the time to seek inspiration and here I’d like to share with you some of my ways. At the very top of my list is traveling and seeking new experiences, but this blog post is simply focusing on some of the ‘everyday’ things you can do.
5 very simple things to do that will inspire you:
A walk in the fresh air
There's nothing like the look and smell of nature. Or the sound of the sea.
It has been around a long time but I still haven’t found anything more visually stimulating. This link takes you to my page, but you can search for just about anything here.
But only if you use it in a professional way. Checking up on what your friends are up to is a no-no, unless it's ok that the five minutes you had to spare turned into a good hour... Here is a link to my (not-yet-very-popular) Trumpet page.
Here’s a great one on the topic ‘inspire’. If you can take the time, it’s well worth watching:
Theaster Gates is a potter whose ambitions stretch far beyond the wheel and the kiln. In Chicago, his leadership of artist-led spaces has catalyzed interest and excitement in a formerly neglected neighborhood, as he uses culture as a transformational weapon.
To imagine means to form new images and sensations that are not perceived through the five physical senses. The wheel is already invented but most of us could do with creating new ways of doing things in everyday life. Set aside 15 minutes every day for a bit of inspiration and you will be well on your way.
This might sound too naive for some, but I believe you get the life you have the imagination for.
If you agree, go on. Imagine!