Pure Design from a 6-Year-Old

Graphic design is about getting someone to do something and feel something that the designer intends. There are lots tools and tricks for creating great designs that deliver on their intentions. When I craft a design for a client there’s thought, there’s research, there’s pointed questions, and revealing answers. There’s connection, discovery and great “a-ha” moments.

But there’s also inspiration: This way of moving and feeling and flowing and “NOT-thinking.”

That’s powerful stuff.

And then there are the moments when I’m awed by the ideas and pure design that comes out of my kids. They sit. They get an idea. The create. It’s usually quite a fast process. It’s never what I’d do. It’s often so “raw” but that’s what makes it powerful.

The other day my 6-year-old sat down, he stapled some pages together and he whipped up this book. I’d say the ideas just popped of the top of his head, but actually I think they came right from his heart.

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Xtine’s Thought of Today: Above your comfort zone is where the best things happen…

I didn’t make up the saying, “Get comfortable, being uncomfortable.” But, it’s worth sharing. Outside of your comfort zone (above it) is where the best things happen. My advice? Get there often.

How will you do it today? This week?

Xtine’s Thought of Today – My Newest Blog Category

Very often, one concise thought is enough to create an avalanche of inspiration.

So that’s why I’m starting a new blog category called “Xtine’s Thought of Today.” I may post these pithy little gems every day… or not. Focusing on quality, not quantity and curious to see how this little experiment goes.