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These 12 Amazing Designs Will Unleash And Inspire Your Creativity

These 12 Amazing Designs Will Unleash And Inspire Your Creativity

“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.

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    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.

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    dna bridge

      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.

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        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.

        4. Compelling displays of talent

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        explosion

          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.

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            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.

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              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.

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              7. Paper and pen take us to imagination’s end.

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                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

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                  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

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                  emporia

                    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

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                      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

                      London Fashion Week Burberry

                        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,

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                        Last Updated on October 22, 2020

                        2 Transformational Ways to Spark Your Creative Energy

                        2 Transformational Ways to Spark Your Creative Energy

                        Good things come in twos: Peanut butter and jelly, Day and night, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The same is true for what sparks our creative energy: our thoughts and actions.

                        Creativity is an inside job as much as it is about a conducive schedule, physical environment, and supportive behaviors. By establishing the right internal and external landscape, creativity can blossom from the abstract to the concrete and we can have fun along the way.

                        Sparking creativity is all about setting up the right conditions so a spark is ignited and sustained. The sparks don’t fizzle out. They are allowed to grow and ripen.

                        Think of a garden. Intention alone will not produce the delicious red tomato nor will the readiest seed. That seed needs attention at its nascent stage and as it grows a stalk and produces fruit. If we want to enjoy more than one fruit, we keep at it, cultivating the plant and reaping multiple harvests.

                        Creativity lives in each of us like seeds in the earth or encapsulated in a nut. Seeds of ideas, concepts, designs, stories, images, and even ways of communicating that surprise and delight await activation.

                        By sparking our creative energy, we activate these unique seeds. Like snowflakes, they are of a moment and always without a match. The smallest sparks encourage even the smallest, most dormant seeds to sprout.

                        The good news is that our creative energy wishes to be sparked—to be invited to play. It wants to be our regular playmate.

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                        1. Be Childlike in Your Thoughts, Attitudes, and Approach

                        Being childlike in our thoughts, attitudes, and approach is an easy way to internally have our thoughts be gracious prolific gardeners to our creative energy. If we want it to come out and play and hang around as our regular companion, then let’s return to our 5-year-old selves.

                        Our childhood selves are naturally curious. We still have that curiosity! All we have to do is remind ourselves to get curious. We can do that by simply observing and being with what is in front of us instead of making up a story about what won’t work or why something can’t be done. So, it’s about cultivating curiosity instead of jumping into judgment.

                        Move Your Inner Judge to the Sidelines

                        When we get curious, creativity percolates and, ultimately, takes its place in the world. To give a hand in choosing curiosity over judgment, we can move the judge that also lives inside us to the sidelines. The judge squashes our creative urges, even when they are as small as sharing a point of view. It’s that pesky voice that causes us to doubt ourselves or worry about what others will think.

                        The judge is also risk-averse. The judge likes things to stay the same. Change makes the judge nervous.

                        Creativity is all about risk and changing things up. It needs risk, even failure, to be its naturally innovative, dynamic, impactful self. The judge likes to convince us failure is something to be avoided at all costs.

                        To move the judge to the sidelines and let curiosity reign, we can pay attention to who we are in conversation with and who is calling the shots.

                        Is it the voice of fear, doubt, or anxiety (the inner-critic—the judge’s boss)? Or is it the voice of wisdom, courage, strength, and non-attachment, and of course curiosity (the inner-leader)?

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                        We can easily tell the difference by how each makes us feel. The inner-critic depletes and slows us down, putting roadblocks in the way. The inner-leader energizes and a natural rhythm develops.

                        It’s all about who we spend time with. If we wish to exercise, we will seek out our friends who go to the gym or hike. If we want to lose some weight, we will opt to eat dinner with someone who prefers a healthy spot over fast food.

                        After getting curious, we can honor what our curiosity prompts us to do. The spark can do its job and a fire starts to glow when commitment enters. Our childhood selves were fully committed to being creative. That level of commitment is still something we are very capable of exercising!!

                        Again, we need to let go of the judge. We can ask ourselves, what do we want to commit to—negativity that depletes our creative energy, depth, and output, or the understanding that our thoughts and attitudes matter and that right thoughts and attitudes are the sparks that really let our creativity come alive?

                        Learn to Recall Your Childhood Self

                        To get in touch with that unabashedly committed childhood self, recall your childhood self. If you have a picture, pull one out. Keep it around so you can remember to activate that innate creative nature that was prominent then and wants to be prominent now and always.

                        Soak in the essence of that being. Commit to their commitment to brave and dogged trial and error because it is yours as well. You are that person.

                        Remember how tenacious you were when you wanted to build that sandcastle. You kept at it as the waves came in. You built with fury or reconfigured the walls. Also, remember that there was a willingness to fail since you were as invested in the process as well as the outcome—but less with the outcome. You were willing to experiment and start again. There was vitality—the main lifeline of your creative energy—instead of a rigid attachment.

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                        When you notice you are in conversation with your inner-critic or being held back by it, simply acknowledge, name it, and then switch to your inner-leader by taking a few good deep belly breaths, rubbing two fingertips together, or listening to ambient sounds in the background.

                        Physical movements shift our negative thoughts over to the positive domain of the inner-leader. As our judge continues to sit on the sidelines, our ability to quiet the inner-critic becomes stronger. We taste freedom. A simple taste emboldens us to say no again to the judge and yes to what makes our hearts and spirits sing—our creativity.

                        We begin to spark creativity to the point it no longer needs to be invited to play. It becomes our regular playmate—the younger sibling or the kid next door ready to have some fun, maybe even make some mischief by shaking things up.

                        When we align with our inner-leader and think and act from its promptings, creativity flows up and out with ease, as it needs to!

                        Letting those initial sparks generate a creativity fire that keeps burning is something we can all do! That’s the inside job.

                        2. Listen to Your Inner Leaders of Creative Energy

                        If we listen, our inner-leaders will let us know just what we need to set-up and do in our physical world to maximize that gorgeous, hungry creativity we now have flowing freely in us.

                        The seed has been unlocked! So, now what?

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                        To enable our creative energy to take its form and place outside of us, there needs to be spaciousness! Spaciousness in our physical worlds impacts our internal one. It lets the voice of the inner-leader be heard. It lets creativity have room to be sparked and acted upon.

                        With a little discipline, we can easily create spaciousness in our daily lives—spaciousness that will spark our creativity and let it take shape.

                        So, no matter who you are and what conditions help your creativity thrive, check-out these easy-to-implement basic suggestions:

                        • Reduce or eliminate multi-tasking.
                        • Say yes to what matters and what aligns with your big values and goals.
                        • Say no to all else.
                        • Say no again.
                        • Schedule time in your calendar as you do with other things in your life to just be, to ponder, to let ideas percolate, and to create.
                        • Spend time doing the things that bring out your creative energy. It could be walking, singing, or simply looking out the window.
                        • Meditate.
                        • Breathe—long breaths in and long breaths out through the nose.
                        • Invite your body and heart into your experiences so your mind is a part of you and not all of you.
                        • Try a new thing to spark your creativity. If you spend time running, try a different route. If running feels stale, cruise around a museum, or go for a bike ride.
                        • Play a game. Indoors out or outside. Think of what makes you happy that you haven’t done in a while. Is it a physical game like badminton or cards? Maybe it’s storytelling? Play is creative, and it sparks the creative energy, too.
                        • Spend time in the places that bring out your creativity. What spot in your home could be your spot for entering into that mode? Do you need to get out? Maybe a park bench is the right spot, with a book of poetry, or even nothing at all.
                        • Spend time in nature. Nature brings us to a place of calm and awe and through that our creativity is easily sparked.

                        Final Thoughts

                        These are all habits—habits of mind and habits of doing. Experiment with what works for you. Have fun. If you give even 50% to altering your thoughts and actions, then you will begin to spark your creativity. It takes a lot of curiosity and commitment, but it can definitely be done.

                        Our innate creative energy is a deep source of all that we seek—joy, connection, renewal. It deserves and looks forward to the changes you will make that will let sparks fly and ignite!

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                        Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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