CR September 2016: The Learning Issue

Our print issue this month takes the theme of Learning, with features on unlocking your creativity, workshops, exercises for you to try and the story of a new pub in Manchester built by the community

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.

D&AD Shift
D&AD’s Shift initiative is an attempt to reach creative individuals who have not been to university

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.

The pub the people of Manchester built: the fascinating story of the Pilcrow and its use of community workshops
The pub the people of Manchester built: the fascinating story of the Pilcrow and its use of community workshops

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.

What could be a better antidote to our screen-based lives than chiselling away at a block of stone for a few days? CR’s Mark Sinclair joins a group of aspiring sculptors — including a graphic designer and an ex-pro golfer — at a stonecarving workshop on Portland
What could be a better antidote to our screen-based lives than chiselling away at a block of stone for a few days? CR’s Mark Sinclair joins a group of aspiring sculptors — including a graphic designer and an ex-pro golfer — at a stonecarving workshop on Portland

And our own Mark Sinclair gets his hands dirty on a stonecarving workshop in Portland.

After a career in the public sector, Nigel Maynard returned to education to study his former love of photography
After a career in the public sector, Nigel Maynard returned to education to study his former love of photography

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.

Rod Judkins’ Developing Your Creativity course explores techniques for generating ideas. Rachael Steven talks to him about why everyone from surgeons to bankers want to get creative
Rod Judkins’ Developing Your Creativity course explores techniques for generating ideas. Rachael Steven talks to him about why everyone from surgeons to bankers want to get creative

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.

Karlsson Wilker on how the simple act of putting on a T-shirt has the power to make you think differently and, based on the idea of playing with your work, Jim Sutherland presents four fun exercises to get your mind moving
Karlsson Wilker on how the simple act of putting on a T-shirt has the power to make you think differently and, based on the idea of playing with your work, Jim Sutherland presents four fun exercises to get your mind moving

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.

Nick Asbury on using oppositional thinking to generate creative ideas from any brief or for any task
Nick Asbury on using oppositional thinking to generate creative ideas from any brief or for any task

And Nick Asbury talks us through a technique he uses to help people challenge conventional thinking – for designing annual reports or anything else.

Beth Koby, Co-founder of Technology Will Save Us and of our Creative Leaders 50, on the challenges of starting – and growing – her tech business
Beth Koby, Co-founder of Technology Will Save Us and of our Creative Leaders 50, on the challenges of starting – and growing – her tech business

In our Creative Leaders section, Rachael Steven interviews Technology Will Save Us Co-founder Beth Koby

Ever think you’re a fraud? Tanya Livesey offers advice for overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Ever think you’re a fraud? Tanya Livesey offers advice for overcoming Imposter Syndrome

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.

Our cover this month was created by Lucy Vigrass at Outline Artists. Animated Gif by Pete Mellor at Peepshow Collective

CR September cover by Lucy Vigrass of Outline Artists
CR September cover by Lucy Vigrass of Outline Artists


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