Inspire Me // Idea Makers

Image by Promise Tangeman

This is another post I read recently that has really stuck with me – we are responsible for our own ideas!  A lot of times I find myself staring at the computer wanting to come up with creative ideas, and I forget that the best way to find inspiration is to get away from the screen and my hands dirty.

If you’re planning to take a DIY approach to your business, website, or marketing materials, start with an old fashion pen and paper. Move to the computer after you have some solid concepts to bring to life. – Promise Tangeman

She’s a graphic/web designer, but I think this really applies to all forms of creative work.  Developing and using your imagination is so important.  Become an idea maker instead of sticking to what you know and are comfortable with – this is such a great reminder.  Especially where I’m at right now, trying to learn new computer programs (seems like there is SO much to learn, right?) and stretch myself.  Head over to her blog and read this post – it’s got some great insight.

What helps you when you’re feeling stuck?

  • Meghan JohnsonMay 1, 2012 - 4:41 am

    Thank you so much for introducing me to Promise Tangeman and her inspiring blog! I’m always looking for new motivational nudges in the right direction.

    As for me, I actually do just what Promise recommends: I step away from the computer and write like a fiend on a piece of printer paper. Writing is typically my creative outlet of choice, but I tend to include drawings, shapes, arrows, emphasis, even color when I draft things out on paper (which just shows me that awfully linear word processors are NOT cutting it for me in the idea-making stage). Sometimes the tools we use affect our idea-making in a negative way, unfortunately.

    – MeghanReplyCancel

    • Annabelle MintzMay 1, 2012 - 9:53 am

      Thanks Meghan – she is definitely one of my favorites 🙂 glad you were inspired!ReplyCancel

  • thebeautybotaneerMay 1, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    I’ve just come across your blog – your images are truly beautiful and inspiring – especially the floral ones! Allowing a moment of peace and reflection in a crazy fast world. Kind of serendipity that I came across your blog, as I attended a Flower Geometry talk in London – awesome – it explodes your world view and your concept of nature ;-). Happy days!
    thanks – Tanya, London, UKReplyCancel

    • Annabelle MintzMay 1, 2012 - 9:18 pm

      Flower Geometry! That sounds fascinating! so glad you’ve enjoyed my posts 🙂ReplyCancel