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6 Helpful Creativity Boosting Hacks [feedly]

6 Helpful Creativity Boosting Hacks
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Another day, another creative idea. You've got a screen headache and you are pretty sure you forgot the gas on at home. Being a "creative" isn't all about the glamour and the vaguely pretentious job title. Sometimes the going gets tough and you have to do a lot of creative thinking when you'd rather just be doing something less taxing like filling in spreadsheet (or sleeping). Being creative can be exhausting and time-consuming. Here are some creativity hacks to help you beat creative exhaustion.

Get Into Really Weird  Stuff

If you cultivate real curiosity and champion eclectic tastes, you are more likely to find new and surprising angles, shapes, and colors. Start using visual research tools and become a creative magpie by saving and pinning everything that you like. Actively choose to leave your creative comfort zone and explore all that is out there in this crazy, crazy world.

Don't let language become a barrier–embrace the global creativity market and open your eyes to Brazilian textile patterns, Danish design, and Russian art to really start breaking down cultural norms. We have all been subtly programmed by our surroundings and culture to think within certain frameworks and parameters that are limited and limiting. Open up the global Pandora's box.

Think Like The Other Side

Are you a writer? Stop yourself from using words (gulp). Put yourself in the shoes of other creators who use graphics or even code instead. Like a watercolor artist trying to deal with the heavy cloying of oil paint for the first time–shifting your priorities and creative tools can help you be more creative.

Try to think like the people who work in the complete opposite medium to you–even better if they wouldn't agree with what you do! This will definitely give your creativity a boost.

Indulge In Mind-Bending Travel Time

Sometimes when you can't get physical distance from a creative project (or you did and it didn't work), psychological distance helps. Here's what to do:

  • Imagine the brief has nothing to do with  you. It's a friend's or stranger's problem. What would you say to them?
  • Write or create as someone else. Channel their narrative voice instead of your own.
  • Time travel with your brief. Would it look, sound, or feel any different a hundred years ago or a hundred years from today?
  • Travel to another world with your brief. Turkey, Mexico, Italy–how would people in those countries approach your pickle? Take it even further and travel to a dystopian dictatorship or a love commune with your ideas and watch them shift

More about psychological distance and creativity here.

This is a great strategy if you find being too close to a piece of work is stifling and limiting. Personal issues can intervene and distract us with their chatter and noise. Psychological distancing helps you depersonalize the creative process.

Set Weird Boundaries

Because funnily enough, boundaries help you be more creative. Boundaries help you channel your creative energy. Limit yourself to certain colors, like yellow, or certain themes, like insects, to see what you can come up with. See weird and interesting synergy in everything.

But, word of warning–only some boundaries help. Namely the ones you set yourself. Boundaries imposed by a rigid framework or project aren't usually that fruitful or helpful (sorry).

Slap Yourself In The Face With Motivators

Creativity and motivation go together like creatives and burnout. You need to keep your motivation levels high and your blood pumping to be able to be creative.

  • Use positive language about yourself and your projects. Frustration is normal and sometimes you have to let it out, but don't keep constantly beating yourself up.
  • Have daily motivational quotes flooding your inbox and Twitter feed. Put on some motivational music and put your lucky socks on. Adjust your environment to motivate–don't underestimate the power of your environment to suck all the juices out of you. Don't forget to also move around enough during the day.
  • Get riled up about something to find your motivation. Amazing artist Stuart Haygarth creates poignant photographs that highlight plastic pollution. Using your creativity as a platform for social commentary on something you care about is super powerful and motivating.

Get Deviating

Divergent thinking is sexy. Divergent thinking is stuff like this awesome artist that puts people's heads in art galleries. Encouraging yourself to get into a divergent thinking state can take many forms–some people love to run, do yoga, meditate, or just practice free association. Divergent thinking is about  harnessing the amazing chemistry of your brain and encouraging it to make connections and work all on its own, without you even trying. In a divergent state you will create things anew.

Gareth Simpson is a creative marketer who is always looking for new and exciting campaign ideas. You can learn more about him on his website.


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5 Gig Poster Design Trends & Styles [feedly]

5 Gig Poster Design Trends & Styles
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Editor's Note: The following piece on gig poster design trends is excerpted from Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters by Pat Jones and Ben Nunery, the latest title from HOW Books.

Trends come and go, and pigeonholing someone's art into a "design style" can be incredibly tricky. Style is subjective and nuanced—often walking the line between one thing or another. One has to take into account where an illustrator or designer draws inspiration and what medium he or she chooses to work in, and all of that can be difficult or nearly impossible to classify.

Still, in order to study different poster designs and designers, it is helpful to group them in some sort of meaningful way to help frame the discussion. The design styles discussed here should be just that: a way of grouping things in order to study them but with the understanding that artists and designers draws from many different sources of inspiration and may shift and combine mediums in their efforts to convey a visual message.

Oxidized Degradation

This style puts an emphasis on the process used to create the print itself by bringing elements of the art techniques to the forefront. Multiple layers may be used or portions of the work may look washed-out, overprinted, or misregistered. The overall effect may look like a mistake or printing error at first blush, but ultimately this style puts an emphasis on texture, layering, and the printing process used to create the piece.

Key Style Characteristics

  • Almost looks misprinted or miscut, like items were thrown together on the page
  • Combines multiple illustration and design styles, sometimes even within one piece
  • Sometimes made to look like a test print, meaning it's mis-registered and has a high number of layers
  • Heavy use of texture
  • Often shows the process of screenprinting in the work—this calls attention to the handmade quality of the poster and lends authenticity


Show Posters HOW Books1

CLIENT: Mastodon
DESIGNER: Bobby Dixon
DESIGN FIRM: Kollective Fusion
WEBSITE: etsy.com/shop/kollectivefusion

Show Posters HOW Books2

CLIENT: Blitzen Trapper
DESIGNER: Ben Nunery
DESIGN FIRM: Powerhouse Factories
WEBSITE: powerhousefactories.com

Show Posters HOW Books3

CLIENT: Father John Misty
DESIGNER: Nate Duval
WEBSITE: nateduval.com

Halftone Realism

This style utilizes halftones to recreate photographs in a way that looks very realistic—so much so that at first the piece may be mistaken for digital recolor of a photograph. Landscapes and settings are used to convey message with type integrated into the piece. The ultimate effect is reminiscent of movie posters or book covers.

Key Style Characteristics

  • Halftones are used to re-create a photograph for a print that is very realistic and high quality
  • Use of high contrast adds to photographic quality and realism
  • Photography processes and color breakdown/separations are used to show realism
  • While not overly colorful or bright, a lot of colors are printed to add depth and detail
  • Landscapes and setting of a scene are often used to convey the message and focal point
  • Type is often integrated into the landscape and/or piece
  • Compositions are reminiscent of movie posters or book covers

Show Posters HOW Books1

CLIENT: Warpaint
DESIGNER: John Matthew Overwine
DESIGN FIRM: Powerhouse Factories
WEBSITE: powerhousefactories.com

Show Posters HOW Books2

CLIENT: Deer Tick
DESIGNER: Daniel MacAdam
DESIGN FIRM: Crosshair
WEBSITE: crosshairchicago.com

Show Posters HOW Books3

CLIENT: Deltron 3030
DESIGN FIRM: Powerhouse Factories
WEBSITE: powerhousefactories.com

Illustrated Ornamentation

At times reminiscent of the classic realist painters, this highly illustrated style incorporates strong imagery that borders on realism. Out-of-this-world, larger-than-life subjects are often portrayed very realistically through painstaking detail and fine ornamentation.

Key Style Characteristics

  • This style tends to showcase very strong illustration skills in this category
  • Subjects are portrayed in a realistic manner
  • Utilizes complex scale and composition; uses foreshortening and realistic forms
  • Ornamental use of color and type
  • Fine detail and ornamentation in this style indicates heavy time and effort spent creating these pieces
  • Subject matter tends to be out of this world/larger than life (while portrayed in a highly realistic manner)

Show Posters HOW Books4

CLIENT: Arcade Fire
DESIGNER: Mike Davis
DESIGN FIRM: Burlesque of North America
WEBSITE: burlesquedesign.com

Show Posters HOW Books

CLIENT: Baroness
DESIGNER: Mike Davis
DESIGN FIRM: Burlesque of North America
WEBSITE: burlesquedesign.com

Show Posters HOW Books5

CLIENT: My Morning Jacket
DESIGNER: Clinton Reno
WEBSITE: clintonreno.com

Show Posters HOW Books6

CLIENT: The Flaming Lips
DESIGNER: Clinton Reno
WEBSITE: clintonreno.com

T5463_1 (1)Read more in Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters:

Powerhouse Factories takes you beyond album covers to teach you all about the art that drives today's biggest shows and festivals. Show Posters offers a visual timeline of the big players in the music industry, from The Black Keys and Passion Pit to Phantogram and Real Estate, as well as the posters that launched their shows—and the designers' careers.

Show Posters features step-by-step instructions to guide you through screen printing, hand lettering, and yes, even Xeroxing your way to recreating iconic, kickass posters. The high-energy rock-and-roll artists of Powerhouse Factories will coach you on how to hook up with bands, managers, and promoters, and create an original, limited poster for one of their shows. Purchase it here.

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