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Creativity and Flow Increase Around People Who Support You

Creativity and flow are priceless to creatives. It is worth any effort you can give to invite those things into your life. There are plenty of things you can do to build your creativity and increase your chances of reaching a flow state (many of which we talk about here on Design.org), but there’s another […]

Creating for Yourself or Designing for Others

The creative world is full of dilemmas. One big one is centered around this question: who is your creative work for—yourself, or others? Knowing your audience can shape your entire creative process, including your end product. As someone with decades of experience in creative spaces, I’ve come to think of the dilemma as this: creating […]

Creating Your Inner Circle for Creativity

Creatives are notoriously independent, but that doesn’t mean they should be. Whether you have a professional team to work with you or just a group of friends who lift your spirits as needed, having an “inner circle” can work wonders for your creative efforts. So how do you go about creating your inner circle for […]

The Power of Plussing in Critique and Creativity

Feedback is a necessary part of the creative process. You need to collect feedback to know how your work is being received, and whether or not it is serving the purpose you need it to serve. But feedback comes in many shapes and sizes, some of which are more productive than others. One of my […]

The Power of Interdependence in Creativity

Most creatives I meet are naturally independent people. They have unique ideas, strong personal vision, and a deep sense of their creative self. That independence is undoubtedly valuable…but not if it comes at the cost of interdependence. Today, I want to discuss what I mean by that, and explore the power of interdependence in creativity. […]

The Difference Between Sadness and Depression (and How They Affect Your Creativity)

Depression is not uncommon. In fact, it’s estimated that 16.2 million American adults suffer at least one major depressive episode in any given year. And yet, depression is still misunderstood by many people. The most common misunderstanding is that depression is really just intense or lasting sadness. But unfortunately, that doesn’t adequately describe what depression […]

How to Use Creativity to Instantly Improve Any Relationship

Relationships are hard work. Whether it’s a marriage/romantic partnership, familial relationship, parent/child relationship, or friendship, most of us would jump at the chance to improve our relationships so that they work better for us and the people we care about. Which is why I want to talk about how to use creativity to instantly improve […]

Identifying & Managing Emotional Triggers that Limit Creativity

As creatives, we are all in a constant battle to keep our creativity thriving. We do what we can to care for ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally in order to keep our creative sides alive and well. On this blog, we talk a lot about ways to do just that: everything from meditation to self-awareness […]