Creative block? Sometimes it’s hard to find motivation even for innovative projects. But there’s no need to feel frustrated when you have trouble getting into the creative zone. Below we’ve listed some movies, books, and quotes to get you inspired straight away!
Inspire Creativity with These Must-read Books
- Creative Confidence – Tom Kelley & David Kelley
A book on unleashing the creative potential in all of us! Written by the founders of IDEO and Stanford Design school, this book explores the best ways to make the most of the creativity that lies trapped inside of us and the need for creativity across different industries and businesses.
- The Accidental Creative – Todd Henry
An entertaining book that every creative should read! Producing great work is not a destination, but a process consisting of five main elements: Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, and Hours. Learn to generate brilliant ideas at a moment’s notice!
- Where Good Ideas Come From – Steven Johnson
How do certain people or companies come up with great ideas? This book is a fascinating deep dive into innovation and identifies the patterns that lay behind history’s greatest ones, as traced across time and disciplines.
The Best Movies to Spark Your Creativity
- Yves Saint Laurent – 2014
This biographical drama takes a look at French designer and creative talent Yves Saint Laurent’s life during the peak of his career. We find him overworked and struggling to deal with fame but on the brink of changing the world of fashion forever.
- Beautiful Losers – 2008
Making something from nothing – that’s what Beautiful Losers focuses on. This documentary on the creative movement dives into the lives and careers of young artists and designers who have had an impact on the traditional art world, although they were not familiar with it.
- Les Intouchables – 2011
A feel-good movie that tells the true story of a quadriplegic man who gets looked after by an unconventional caretaker. The story focuses on letting go of rigid conventions, and opening up to unchartered possibilities. Experience is gathered along the way!
Motivational Quotes to Inspire Your Next Project
- “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
If you work hard enough, any dream is achievable! Get inspired and dare to imagine and dream about new ideas and concepts, because if you can imagine it, you can also bring it to reality – and eventually invent something that can change the world!
- “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
Don’t wait until inspiration comes to you, but go actively out looking for it! Read outside your area of expertise and go hunting for inspiration, experiment with another format, or ask an outsider for his/her view on the idea or concept!
- “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
When aiming for creativity, don’t take it all too seriously. Having fun while brainstorming, experiencing happiness when coming up with an idea, and feeling motivated while researching a concept; these are the best drivers for creative thinking!
Dare to take a break sometime and curl up with of your favorite movie, book, or iconic quote. Once your mental reservoirs are refilled, the creativity will follow.