I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Feels Like Summer

It’s inter­est­ing how a few blog posts and a change in the weath­er can spark a thought and approach to some­thing. I’m specif­i­cal­ly talk­ing about work here, and focus­ing fur­ther, inspi­ra­tion.
Every­thing start­ed on Sat­ur­day evening when I came across a post on Hivel­og­ic enti­tled “Offices and The Cre­ativ­i­ty Zone”. As I read the post I iden­ti­fied with many of the points about find­ing the “Zone” and it got me reflect­ing on the last few weeks of design work I’ve done. Now that I feel set­tled into my first job a lit­tle more, I’ve had this slight feel­ing that I’ve lost that “Zone” in recent weeks. That relaxed feel­ing I some­how man­aged to keep with me from Uni as I start­ed my work­ing life seemed to have ebbed away a lit­tle.
Me being me, that real­i­sa­tion start­ed to make me think. I obvi­ous­ly want­ed that cre­ativ­i­ty, that spark to come back. I enjoy design­ing and with­out that abil­i­ty to focus and find the “Zone” I’d find it hard to enjoy.
For­tu­nate­ly wak­ing up on Sun­day morn­ing to a bright and sun­ny day cou­pled with the longer days sparked the begin­ning of some­thing. It felt nice and fresh and like the first day of sum­mer. More impor­tant­ly I felt a lit­tle bit of a spark return­ing. I want­ed to begin with some­thing here on Elec­tric Week­end. I want­ed to blog, but after start­ing a few posts recent­ly and not get­ting any kind of flow in my writ­ing I was unable to cre­ate some­thing I liked to read, let alone what any­one else would like to read.
But that was­n’t the end of it. Mon­day morn­ing arrived and with it a new week at work. Hop­ing to help my lit­tle feel­ing of cre­ativ­i­ty grow I began work. A small and quick project seemed to pro­vide that extra bit of spark I was look­ing for, but it still did­n’t feel quite right. In my quest to find a lit­tle more cre­ativ­i­ty I went on a search of the inter­nets. I’m not sure how, but I came across Elliot Jay Stocks’ blog. Straight away I was intrigued. I liked the look of the blog and some of the posts were attract­ing my atten­tion, more specif­i­cal­ly for my par­tic­u­lar hour of need a set of posts focused Elliot’s design inspi­ra­tion. I began to read through the post and looked at the images he had tak­en, and grad­u­al­ly my mind start­ed to turn. Ideas began to grow and I was off. My cre­ative juices were flow­ing, and for a good hour and a half I immersed myself in cre­at­ing some­thing a lit­tle more inter­est­ing than the things I had been gen­er­at­ing.
I guess what I real­ly want­ed to remind myself of with this post, is that it does­n’t always have to be design or art that is the cause of inspi­ra­tion. It can lit­er­al­ly be any­thing. I don’t need to just focus on one area to find inspi­ra­tion, it’s every­where in God’s world . From His cre­ation itself to the writ­ings of a guy on his blog, inspi­ra­tion is every­where we just need to open our eyes to see it.