How to be creative — Tip #2: Surround yourself with good design

‘I believe in intuition and inspiration; at times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason.’

— Albert Einstein

I have been so busy with my latest project that I’ve neglected writing about my experience along the way.

It’s been amazing.  I love every minute of it.  But I’m still in the early stages and knee-deep in planning, so sometimes it’s hard to stay creative.  Some days I find myself writing extensive reports, planning testing and creating power point presentations — so how do you find a spark of inspiration?

Here’s my second tip on how to stay creative: surround yourself with good design.

I’m fortunate to have ample opportunities to step away from my desk and do just that.  Lately it’s been in the form of video shoots (we’re developing new content for the website).  But this coming week, I’m going to take my lunch break to head over to the Austin Museum of Art to find inspiration.  There’s an exhibit called Good Design: Stories by Herman Miller,” and I want to surround myself with beautiful design as I gather materials for my moodboards.

I’ve also been fascinated with architecture around town lately.  Austin has some beautiful examples of modern design, which really appeals to me.  But I also love the art deco and Spanish influence I’ve seen in other building design.  I’ve been carrying a camera and notebook with me everywhere, in case I want to record what I see and where I see it.

What do you do to surround yourself with beautiful design?  Where do you go?

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