Getting yourself motivated or inspired to start, continue or finish that project can be hard. I personally believe every now and then you need a kick up the arse to get you up and ready to create. Theres nothing better than getting the creative juices flowing by watching other creatives and artists talk and take you through their own work and thoughts. For this blog I am going to talk about the videos and films you can watch right at the comfort of your bedroom to do just this, and I will go through videos that I watch whenever I get into that creative block funk.
To kick things off I want to start with one of my favourite documentaries period. Press Pause Play was shown to me via my tutor back in university, and remains to be the doc I continuously refer to by putting it on in the background as I get on with work or researching for ideas. It features some of the best artists in a range of creative fields, talk about the injection of the digital age in modern times. I find its a real insight into old and new technology for creating as artists right now, and the capabilities we now have in our work. I love it for I feel likes its a real motivator for most of us young underdogs trying to work and make it in the industry, saying fuck you to old media and traditional ways of doing things.
The next thing I want to talk about is something I assume all of you must have watched, and thats a Ted Talk video. Ted, which I only found out means technology, entertainment, design is a wonderful organisation based on spreading knowledge and awareness through incredible talks which are held pretty much all over the world nearly everyday. I remember back when I was in my last year of university, I would pretty much have playing in the background of my computer, the entire playlist of Ted Talks. I especially love Ted for its a whole range of talks held by some of the most interesting people you can find, and its amazing how you can stumble upon a random talk and be inspired by something or someone you never thought about before. Below I have one of my favourite talks.
99u is another collection of amazing talks from entrepreneurs and creatives held at a number of conferences. Their website, shown to me via Paul Stayt has a vast number of talks from creatives reaching many different fields. Below is one of my favourite 99u talks from illustrator Christoph Niemann on “How to Overcome the 3 Fears Every Creative Faces”. Also don’t forget to check out the amazing catalogue of talks at www.99u.com/videos.
Design Indaba in an online publication and holds a massive festival for creative and business talks. I love Indaba for it really holds truth to spreading the knowledge of creating for the better and social freedom. Thankfully their website has a massive collection of talks ranging back to 2006, which can be found here www.designindaba.com. Below is a great profile on the legendary Stefan Sagmeister.
Creative Mornings was set up by the multi talented Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swiss Miss) to gather a bunch of people once every month in the morning to talk, drink coffee and discuss their work. It has grown massively in the last 3 years and theres now over 140 Creative Mornings held all over the world in cities. They keep the events free to anyone, and even put up all the talks on their website www.creativemornings.com. I attached below a short video interview of Tina explaining Creative Mornings.
Like Knows Like is an amazingly produced short profile documentary series on a number of creatives from around the world. I love it for it really captures the artists they interview, and the production is just wonderful and super engaging. Below is a great profile of Graphic Designer Jessica Walsh, and you can see more videos from the series at www.likeknowslike.com.
The last video series is from the loud and spoken out James Victore. He posts a nice little vlog series on his youtube channel where he talks about design and creativity, along with answering viewer questions, giving advice from his own career. I find it very engaging especially considering the real viewer interactions he has. Check out James’s channel via the video I attached below.
So that is it, for now. I still have a massive collection of videos I constantly refer to for motivation and inspiration. I hope to get into more talks, blogs, and books later on as well. So DO IT! whenever you are feeling a little shitty or down about your work, even yourself, why not watch some of these videos for a little pick me up. I think, no matter where you are in your career, how much experience you have, attaining and consuming more knowledge should be a constant thing. I truly believe that the only way to be successful and creative, is to surround yourself with knowledgeable and creative people, hearing and learning from their lives, both triumphs and mistakes.