Im not always good at channeling my creativity. Ill hunker down in my studio with every intention of working on a project, but inevitably lose concentration and wind up cleaning out my desk, or making a mix tape or folding paper airplanes, when I really ought to be, say, writing a review for the newspaper.
Maybe this box of creativity-inspiring goodies can help me. Inside, theres incense and a journal sprinkled with thought-provoking quotations. (Francis Bacon: "The job of an artist is always to deepen the mystery." Ill try that on my editor: "I dont know George ... where do you think my assignment is?")
Best of all is the deck of round cards, each inscribed with a little project designed to start your creative engine. You could "stencil a room," "decorate a chair" or just "sit on a park bench for an hour." Maybe you can "wear a disguise to the grocery store" (security guards love that stuff) or "make tiny pancakes" (then feed them to tiny lumberjacks?) or "lose a dollar where someone else will find it." (I recommend the MGM Grand I lost $126 there; it was easy.,)
Small-minded people will tell you that these sound more like work-avoidance techniques than inspirational exercises, but dont let them harsh your creativosity. Draw another card "Clean out your desk," it says! "Make a mix tape!" "Fold a paper airplane!" Whats this one say? "Review what youve accomplished this year." Uh ... hmm.
Sean Bieri is the design director for Metro Times. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.