One of the key qualities of creative people is that they never lose that desire to learn. It could be a new skill or how to use a new technology; it could be the need to understand a client’s business or culture. And learning through workshops, courses and classes is a great way to keep those creative juices flowing.
For our September 2016 print issue we have looked at a variety of approaches to learning and its application. We begin by looking at Shift, D&AD’s new night school aimed at engaging a more diverse group of young people with the creative industries. One of the biggest barriers to people from underprivileged areas getting involved in our world is a lack of awareness that careers like this even exist. Though Shift is just a small scale project for now, let’s hope it becomes a successful model that can be replicated elsewhere.
We also have a story on a fascinating, learning-based project in Manchester. The Pilcrow is a new city centre pub that, through a series of workshops, has involved the community in its creation.
And our own Mark Sinclair gets his hands dirty on a stonecarving workshop in Portland.
Having been made redundant from his job at a drug rehabilitation centre in Cornwall, Nigel Maynard decided to revisit an earlier interest in photography. At 57, he has just graduated from Falmouth University with a degree in the subject a desire for more. Salon Gadgil talks to him about his new career. Nigel was also one of our Talentspotting grads this year whose work appeared on JCDecaux digital screens all over the UK.
Following our main features, we speak to a selection of leading creatives, all of whom run workshops aimed at boosting your creativity. We start with Rod Judkins, the Central St Martins tutor who has taught creative thinking not just to designers and artists but also to doctors and the corporate world.
karlssonwilker talk us through one of their favourite workshops, with instructions on how to do it for yourselves. And we have also asked designer Jim Sutherland, once of Hat Trick and who now runs regular workshops with D&AD, to share some of his favourite exercises for readers to try.
And Nick Asbury talks us through a technique he uses to help people challenge conventional thinking – for designing annual reports or anything else.
In our Creative Leaders section, Rachael Steven interviews Technology Will Save Us Co-founder Beth Koby
And Executive Coach Tanya Livesey, who is also Global Head of Creative Talent for the Talent Business, discusses the impact of Imposter Syndrome – that feeling that you really don’t know what you are doing and that any day now you will be exposed as a total fraud – and how to overcome it.