Explore the planets in the creativity galaxy
Looking for inspiration is a fun thing, if you got enough time to wander around walking slowly through lonely streets while you concentrate in the beauty of the small things in life. If, on the contrary, you got actual work to do, here’s our little guide on how to wake up the muses and make them dance to your tune. Today we have the one and only protagonist of the soundtrack of your life: music.
Music goes deep within
Music affects us in a very deep neurological: it stimulates the brain and shakes your thoughts instantly. Half a verse and you can be mentally traveling to that party where you ended up singing “Don’t Stop Believing” in a karaoke with awful results. It can make your hair stand, it can make you cry, empower yourself, it can make you fight and rebel. Now, that’s what we call power.
Music makes you travel
Music is a great inspiration tool just because it can instantly make your mind fly. You won’t actually need much more than to press play and let yourself go with the beat, no matter if it’s heavy metal, classical music or ambient techno, if that ever existed. You will be in another planet, which will be full of possibilities and ideas.
Music is democratic
It is cheap, it is ubiquitous and you can play it anywhere, and the outcome is still unlimited. You don’t need to own physical music or even pay for a ticket; you only need an Internet connection, which is pretty awesome.
Music means new ideas
Just like it happens in any other Art form, musicians have the gift of putting new ideas out there. They can shock, open conversations, speak about new topics or they can even say nothing, which is also saying something. The music discourse is as inspiring as music itself.
We talked to Sven to know how they are using Triggers in their daily work.
It's not easy to comment on other people's work without pissing them off or making them feel judged. Smart creatives know how to use feedback as a powerful tool to grow the quality of their work and inspire others to do better.
The creative process can be much like a rollercoaster. Up and down and up again in no time. It's impossible to avoid these emotional curves, but what you can do is identify them and fight back.
It's a good thing to fight for ideas we believe in, altho it's useless if we fight for them just because they are ours. When you work in teams to create solutions to a problem, it should never be a personal competition to see who contributed to the winning idea; it's about working together towards the same goal.
It's difficult for people to go from 0 to 10 in no time. That's why we recommend you to prepare some warming exercise before you get everyone to work, especially if you are running a workshop with clients. With these simple tricks, you'll make sure you break the ice and have your team's brain ready to ideate.
Triggers is excellent opening creative paths and making it very easy for everyone to come up with ideas. Even your clients don't have any training; they'll have a great and useful time using the cards.
A goal is the essential part of a team. Without a goal, your team is just a group of people gathering around. There would be no purpose and no clear direction. That's why, before every creative meeting, we advise you to set the goal of the session very clear.
It is a common problem. It could be personality, personal situation, or trust issues. Whatever the reason is, the problem is always the same: not everyone contributes with ideas when brainstorming. Even when it could sound like a huge issue and some difficult to solve, it's not. You just need to introduce one simple step in your creative sessions: first write, then share.
Admit it. We don't know how to listen really. It's a common thing. When someone comes to tell us something, while we are listening, we already think what to answer. It's an automatic mechanism inside of us, and it usually leads to a lot of prejudges and misunderstandings.
Ideating with Triggers cards could be addictive! That isn't necessarily a bad thing (we assure you there are no health contraindications), but we recommend to put a limit on the number of cards you use for each session.