Amazing new project by DMA undergrad alum Camile Orillaneda. Using Processing and Arduino, a mechanical bunny will hop for every tweet with the hashtag #hopforawareness in support of Leukemia Awareness Month. Read more about this here.
Lately, I’ve been getting really stuck on my design projects. How do you find inspiration?
Most creative people experience this at some point! There’s no sure way of getting out of a creative block, but many methods have been attempted over time. Brian Eno developed oblique strategies to generate new ways of approaching a subject. Ellen Lupton wrote about this guide from the 70s that contained exercises for creative thinking. If Einstein was stuck on a problem, he would hold heavy steel balls before drifting off to sleep – awakening suddenly when the balls clacked on the floor, usually coming up with new inspiration. I think the trick is to totally shift your current way of working – act on your worst impulses, relocate to a different workspace, go outside and have a conversation with someone, etc. It’s always good to keep a database of your favorite project references, so you can identify patterns of thinking in what you’re drawn to the most. Don’t be over-critical when you start working; try every idea before dismissing it. You’ll probably find the most inspiration in the circumstances you create for yourself.