I’m now in the habit of carrying around a sketchbook and scribbling down a thought as it jumps around in my brain. I’ve recently noticed that being creative requires a lot of noticing (notice what i did there?…) In this instance I was noticing how decisions are rarely binary, even thought its in our nature to reduce them to a binary state in order to be able to make a decision we’re happy with.
At most meetings I attend these days, I’m asked to give a brief introduction of who I am – and quite right too – just who the hell do I think I am? 🙂 I always fumble through a few bits and pieces and quickly realise that I’m rambling. So here’s a silly thought I allowed my head to entertain this week. I would never introduce myself starting “I am…”, but today might just be the day that I start…
I’ve just bought a new phone cover (my umpteenth phone cover…) and the back happens to be transparent. So I thought I would create something crazy to pop in there. “Clockwork” is a word I found myself using this week – and these two thoughts seemed to have combined in this creation, which sometimes is just how it goes…
I’ve been asked many times about how I go about creating visual thinkery – so here’s a first stab at illustrating the tools I use. Even though drawing with a stylus on my iPad was my path into drawing, I prefer to use pen and paper as the fastest way to capture and develop an idea.
I’m fascinated by how the brain takes meaning from its visual sensory input. By adding highlights and shadows, suddenly drawings come alive, as the brain interprets depth and adds meaning. My 10 year-old was doing pretty well at getting this 2D->3D brain trick to work (oddly enough, someone at church had used it to talk about perspective). Obviously, I couldn’t resist having a go myself!
There’s always inspiration to be found – even at Heathrow’s terminal 5, which (since the day after halloween…) is featuring a festive feel. I’m not sure if this actually makes any sense about class – but I certainly had fun creating it using the new photo feature on the Paper by 53 app I regularly use on my iPad.
Having lived outside the UK, I have grown to love the BBC and think it should be invested in, as opposed to undermined. It seems there’s a whole bunch of people with a whole bunch of agendas who disagree with me on this point (did I mention agendas?…)