“We are a landscape of all we have seen.” Isamu Noguchi
Perhaps your landscape is becoming dated and worn by the harshness of a mundane existence. Capturing a mindscape of memorable designs will help inspire your creativity and unleash your style. Nothing feels more painful to an imagineer than writer’s block or a blank easel.
1. Creative designs reshape our boundaries.
Although a fence is static, movement is captured here and a feeling of freedom rolls into our thoughts. See a boundary as an outline rather than a cage and move with it to capture inspiration.
2. Functional design and true art are creative cousins.
Inspired by DNA, the world’s first curved double helix bridge at Marina Bay in Singapore is an architectural marvel. As a vision of the scientific discovery of genetic code, its symbolism bridging the divide of what we knew and what we can know is all important. Crossing these chasms of knowledge with the art of design confirms that inspiration is a whole brained approach.
3. Sensory images are idyllic inspirations.
Soundsuit 2011 by Nick Cave at the Orlando Museum of Art
Exploring design with all senses, Nick Cave is both performance artist and gallery contributor. His thought provoking art comes from a recognition of the basic human need to protest as well as to rescue. His first piece was in response to the Rodney King beating in 1992 and his current pieces harmonize either in performance or display as statements of delight regardless of circumstance.
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Street artists have long held a captive audience. They capitalize on existing environmental features and inspire others to observe with a new perspective. Put aside preconceptions of art and design and wander into the world of street art for amazing inspiration. Click here for MORE.
5. Grab a seat and unleash your creativity.
On Oddee’s site, we find examples of resting places for contemplative repose or inspiring one’s creativity. Sit back in these amazing designs and imagine a different world.
6. Be headed into a spiral of unforgettable design.
Our creative energy is channeled inward and what springs forth outwardly can challenge society’s norms. Venture forth and see the hairy alterations taking place in salons worldwide. Read MORE.Advertising
7. Paper and pen take us to imagination’s end.
Redmer Hoekstra’s bizarre illustrations force us to rethink our expectations. What he pulls forth from the mundane to form the extraordinary can only inspire the rest of us to view domains differently. View MORE.
8. Skin deep design
Body modification has long been a source of amazing design and creative outlet. Here, blogger Francesco Mugnai has collected 55 of the most daring and innovative tattoos for inspiration.
10. A View to Design Minimally
Else we forget, our Swedish brethren have given much to succinct design and progressive thought. In its third largest city, Malmo, the transition from industry to knowledge is getting nudged along with this tremendous design effort. From de zeen Magazine, see MORE.
11. Flying into the future of auto design with VW
We love our cars and regardless of how mass transit is better for our planet, we’re not apt to give up our personal navigation devices. Car design is being inspired by our love for innovation and functionality wrapped in timeless style. Volkswagen is even considering leaving the road. Find out more about the Fly Car here andread more about our practical desires for auto design as we wait for the future to arrive.
12. Fashionably Inspiring
Fashion designers have an uncanny ability to tap into deep wells of creativity. Perhaps it is because humans adorn their bodies so that personality trumps functionality; they can sense that the masses need guidance. Although Fashion Week in NYC is the most well known, the global fascination for apparel design proves that regardless of culture, the demand for haute couture will always be a part of modern culture. Here is the Calender of events,
Last Updated on May 16, 2019
The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs
One of my favorite success quotes ever comes from one of the original and most successful ‘CEOs’ of his era: Aristotle. Here’s what he said:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
This advice is just as sound today as it was when Aristotle first expressed it, way back when. I’m reminded of this at least once a week, when I interview an inspiring author, leader, or successful CEO on my show. I ask my guests a series of questions about what has contributed to their success and their ability to build something meaningful.
You want to know what nearly all of them say? Almost every time, they respond by telling me that their success is the result of simple habits enacted day after day.
These quotes from seven successful CEOs demonstrate the daily rituals that have contributed to their success:
1. Promote what you love.
“It’s so much better to promote what you love than to bash what you hate.” – Jessica Alba, CEO of The Honest Company
2. Develop a feedback loop.
“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk, CEO of TESLA Motors
3. Create things that are better, not just “different.”
“Our task today is to find singular ways to create the new things that will make the future not just different, but better—to go from 0 to 1. The essential first step is to think for yourself. Only by seeing our world anew, as fresh and strange as it was to the ancients who saw it first, can we both re-create it and preserve it for the future.” – Peter Thiel, CEO of Palantir and best-selling author of Zero To One.
“Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. Make the connection.” – Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN Network
5. Read every day.
“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest.”-Warren Buffet, CEO of investment firm Berkshire-Hathaway
6. Block time for email.
“Set aside a 20- to 30-minute chunk of time two or three times a day for email. Do not check continually through the day.” – Doug Camplejohn, CEO of predictive lead marketing company FlipTop.
7. Make your customers happy.
“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com
Develop the right rituals. Become a successful CEO.
If the majority of these daily habits are new to you, avoid making the crucial mistake of adopting all of these habits at once. Research on habit-formation indicates that lasting habits are formed one at a time.
For example, let’s say you’re excited about developing the following daily habits:
- daily reading,
- daily meditation, and
- updating your to-do list every night
Let’s say that daily reading is the one that excites you the most out of the three habits noted above. It would be wise of you to begin by choosing and scheduling time to read every day, and then sticking to that time until it becomes a habit. Once it feels effortless and automatic, you’ll know that you’ve turned it into a daily habit. Now you’re ready to install the next habit… and the next… Until before you know it, you’ll start looking in the mirror and seeing the reflection of a successful CEO.
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