Being Creative

Through the years of being a designer, I’ve developed my own personal go-to scenes that I know bring out the creative in me, or at least they get them juices flowing. It was certainly easier when I was an employee – as the weight of the world (the company) was not on my head-shoulders-knees-and toes… All I needed to do was to go to a place with tonnes of books; bookstores and libraries did it for me. Just being around a lot of them made me feel like LIFE IS FULL of ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES – and it’s true. It’s is filled with endless possibilities. The books…tiny and big, filled with so much knowledge through copy and images represented the millions of doorways I had to enter different worlds and learn different things – all at the tip of my fingers. Knowing that in itself made me feel super human!

Now, things have changed slightly. I run my own practice. And I am ambitious. And I’d like to think, I’m somewhat responsible to my staff, first and foremost – our work values and of course – my client’s needs. So how does creative thinking fit in that. Because with all these responsibilities, come a pretty monkey mind. So many thoughts fill the head in a millisecond – where do I find the time to chill out and think good thoughts.

One also is constantly bombarded with comments and instructions and opinions from the world and it’s uncle. Cause they’re all experts. Or have seen someone do something that they think I should do too.

Knowing I’ll be turning 40 this year, has somehow helped.

I’ve decided to surround myself with positive folk. People better than me. And less of the naysayers – critics – or just generally negative nellies. Running something on your own is hard enough – the number of times you need to pick yourself up in a day – countless. There’s just no room for people who immediately go towards commenting on the bad and completely ignoring the good.

Yes, quality control is important – but there’s a place and time for that. Support by ‘right’ the people around you is very important. They are the average of you…so make sure you pick and choose who you keep close by.

I’m currently following a short program by John C Maxwell; Jump Start Your Thinking. And it’s a 90 Day Improvement Plan that seriously rocks! OR at least – it’s come at the right time in my life where I get to implement the steps and not worry about the consequences.

Here’s a little that could help some of us get into that much needed creative zone.

“Develop a creative environment. Negative environments kill great ideas. A creative environment is like a greenhouse where ideas get seeded, sprout up, and flourish. A creative environment:

  • encourages and openly rewards creativity.
  • places a high value on trust among team members and individuality, because creativity always risks failure.
  • embraces and celebrates those who are creative.
  • focuses on innovation, not just invention. Creative people say, “give me a good idea and I’ll give you a better idea!”
  • places a high value on options, which bring opportunities.
  • is willing to let people go outside the lines and challenge boundaries.
  • appreciates the power and promotes the freedom of a dream.

The more creativity-friendly you can make your environment, the more potential it has to become creative.”

I attended a creative writing course at one point of my life with the wonderful Sharon Bakar of WordWorks in Kuala Lumpur, and she said something to us in class that has stuck with me till now. “Who are you to edit yourself? Just write. Keep the flow. Doesn’t matter what comes out initially. Just write.” I can’t honestly say if those were the exact words but that’s what I heard, at least.

So people of the world. Do yourself and the people around you a favour. Go out there and create. Don’t hold back. The world needs you to be 100% you. And never ever hold back others.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson


Chalk Work

Sometimes we feel a little more creative than usual and decide to do some hands on work!

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The Big Draw 2014

We took the initiative to organise an event called The Big Draw along with our partners at Gusto Cafe and The Art E Space. The Big Draw is known mainly in the UK as ‘the worlds’ largest drawing festival’ and brings together people from all walks of life and ages to just rekindle or start the love for drawing. You don’t have to be good….you just need to pick up a pen, pencil or any other medium and start on a piece. It can be a small sketch or an elaborate one. The first one was held at Gusto Cafe and you can see from the pictures, some were extremely creative and started making their very own ‘magna doodle’ out of paper and coffee grind.

Maintaining Real Estate

I must admit, when I first started out…websites were all the hype. I’m not so sure anymore. Or at least…they feel like more a pain at times then they are a good thing. But…at the same time, I hear what all the gurus out there are saying and to some extend, agree with them. YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN your OWN REAL ESTATE!

Sure, social media is great. I personally use these Fab Five:
Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Facebook

And I guess I’m naming them in sequence to my preference. Yes…Facebook is the last. Its not because its least important or that I use it less, its just that its the modern day Zombie Lord and we’re all certainly infected. If there are still folks who wonder what its would be like if zombies were amongst us today, I’d say they were unfortunately blind! We are ALL zombies! To our tablets, smart phones, gadgets..bla bla bla and the biggest Zombie Lord is FACEBOOK! Wow.

So anyways…its fine. Could try to deny and avoid it, but trust me, sooner or later, you WILL find yourself having to sign up. And it’s ok. Just give in to it. As for the ole website. It’s great to have it..but updating, upgrading, fees, renewals…etc…seems a little tedious to young/new/low cost start ups. I’m not sure how this will change in the future and I hope it does, because it is good to ensure your audience follows you out of the social media realm, in case you find more rules & regulations being changed on these platforms, not to your liking/benefit – which they constantly do.

Its good to know you can hold your own. No, you don’t have to take on Facebook. Its not necessary. You don’t want to do that. Its just that, it would be good to have your audience reach you other than via social media sites. Many claim to want people to use their websites yet only update or interact via social media. Difficult position to be in and I myself find that happening here. But, we are taking steps to improve things. Bit by bit, step by step.

Getting there folks! Once again, watch this space.

Time for a Facelift

So it’s that time…face lift time. We’re bored with how the last site looked and it’s getting easier and easier to make changes (once you really sit and put some grey matter into it) to your website on YOUR OWN, without having to approach your web master or bugging they’re lives with small silly questions (so sorry Shanx – you are a saint!). we felt it was time for a change and change comes with new layouts and new approach towards what Vividsgn will evolve to be. We hope you will eventually like our fresh new look and difference in services and what we can and choose not to offer. Here’s to the crazy ones…we’re signing up! You folks on board?

web projects, face lift - website updating

web projects, face lift – website updating