When our creativity needs a kick-start, there are tons of great resources and projects that inspire us. Here are a handful:
One of JRC’s favorite design blogs is Swiss Miss, which is full of short, sweet posts about the latest and coolest in design.
Portraits in Creativity
In this latest venture, Gael Towey produces and directs short videos that seek to explore and document the creative processes and narratives of artists. Towey has had a long career in supporting the art of storytelling. Towey’s access to numerous artists grew through her creative direction of Martha Stewart Living. Julie’s favorite video in this series is about illustrator Maira Kalman. The design of Towey’s website is also clean and innovative in its navigation capabilities:
These Are Things
Check out duo Jen Adrion and Omar Noory, based in Columbus, Ohio, who design illustrations, modern maps, and greeting cards. They also blog about the business of making art. Their website is amazing and adorable.
One of Many is a series of photo essays published each month that focus on a profile of a specific city through the perspective of creative people in the city, from writers to woodworkers to chefs to anyone having an emotive and artistic impact. The purpose of the project is to give voice to independent creatives that are participating in changing the ways we think and act, particularly in regard to the economy and culture. The Denver essay features several passionate creatives who are beautifully photographed.
To honor the ways we take note of everyday moments, the University of Arizona Poetry Center has teamed up with artists Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead for a public art project connected with the Sun Link Streetcar. Several stops on the streetcar route contain LED poetry board panels that display lines from poetry. Streetcar riders can read a poem in its entirety at one stop or complete a reading at the next stop. The purpose is to demonstrate the living and active nature of poetry as an everyday art form. Work will be rotated weekly, local, international, and national poets will be featured, and poems will be presented both in full and as excerpts.