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February 4, 2007

Finding Inspiration…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:32 am

As I mentioned in another post, I like to spend a few hours some time in the mornings surfing websites and creative blogs looking for a bit of inspiration for my own work. Another way I like to find inspiration is through books. Most of my friends know that I’m an obcessed a bit of a bibliophile. I spend large amounts of time at our local bookstores looking through books in search of ones that have neat ideas or words of wisdom in them. I derive inspiration from a number of sources. I like to look through craft and art books as well as graphic novels (no not the porn kind) and books on graphic design.  A couple of noteworthy books that I have come across recently are:

Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain

Kaleidoscope: Ideas And Projects to Spark Your Creativity 

I am a visual person and both books offer lots to look at in terms of fonts and graphics. The Caffeine book has exercises to spark your creativity as well as interviews with creative folks. Kaleidoscope has exercises as well as hands on activities for you to do. I reccommend both books if you are in a rut or just need some inspiration to get you going.

Some inspirational sites from this mornings surfing:

Simply Photo

Poppy Talk

Both are visually pleasing and inspiring.

I still have 3 little books left. I figured these would be all gone by now.

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