Just some of the reasons museums are simply brilliant

Whether the British Museum or the community museum down the road, the experience of visiting a museum is always eye opening. Museums are some of my favourite places. We have travelled around the world, and some of my favourite experiences have been in museums. I’d like to take this opportunity to explain a little of […]

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From the mouths of artists: Stop it and just DO!

The creative process always comes easier to some people than others, and sometimes creative people need a bit of a kick to get the encouragement to stop worrying about what they are doing and just DO. This is what the American artist Sol LeWitt wrote to Eva Hesse, the Jewish German-born American sculptor responsible for ushering in […]

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Destroy your work, to make yourself better at it

I know that this sounds bizarre, but it’s true. There are benefits to creating, to producing artwork, poetry, designs, anything you can think of, and simply destroying it. Some of you may have already heard this theory, and whether you agree or not there are generations of artists and designers out there to back it […]

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Great Couch Co-op games for building teamwork

It’s rare that I get to play video games with other people, but there’s little I enjoy more than sitting on the couch with a few friends, controllers in hands. Online multiplayer may be making games much more accessible, but it’s just not the same thing as being in the same room. Unfortunately for those of […]

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What are your islands of personality?

As we’ve written about before, Inside Out is a treasure trove of lessons that we can all learn from. Today, however, I’d like to go down a more practical route. In the Pixar film we see inside the mind of eleven year old Riley, where, among other creative metaphors, she has five “islands of personality”. These […]

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It’s time to flex your rebus

You might be asking what exactly is a rebus, and how do you flex it? A ‘rebus’ is a puzzle where a word, or part of a word, is represented by a picture. The picture can be an exact interpretation of the word or a visual pun which, when read correctly, constructs the word. The origins of […]

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Importance of play for everyone

Let’s say you saw someone at their desk playing with a ball of play dough or a set of Lego or even a bucket of sand. You would probably think to yourself, ‘it’s time for Bob over there to grow up’. You wouldn’t be alone in that thought, either. Modern society tends to dismiss play for […]

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Creative Tips from Creative Writers

You might think that writing children’s books would be easy, but according to legendary children’s author Roald Dahl children’s books are some of the hardest books to write. We’ve collected some top tips for staying creative and open minded while writing. Let the creativity flow When getting started, don’t restrict yourself. You may have an idea […]

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Using Morning Pages to help creativity

Morning pages are a recent trend being picked up by those hoping to increase their creativity, exercise their brains, and start their morning fresh. The basic idea is to spend 15 minutes every morning writing three pages. Your writings could include: A random brain dump of whatever pops into your head, Poetry, a story, or […]

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Build it like Beckham: Play by the professionals

Earlier today we talked about the importance of play. It may be perceived by some as a waste of time and unproductive, but play has the ability to help us escape the daily grind, relieve stress, boost creativity, improve brain function and even help build relationships. In our recommendations for play we mentioned trying out […]

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