Staying creative

The August issue of CR is going to be a Summer School special. We want to look at all the ways in which readers sharpen their creative skills via workshops or similar, or find inspiration in taking part in creative activities outside of their day-to-day roles. So, what do you do?

The August issue of CR is going to be a Summer School special. We want to look at all the ways in which readers sharpen their creative skills via workshops or similar, or find inspiration in taking part in creative activities outside of their day-to-day roles. So, what do you do?

We want to know what you do to inspire and invigorate yourselves and the staff at your studios and agencies. Do you bring in external speakers for example? Do you take any craft-based workshops, such as paper-making or screenprinting?

We’re also looking for people who run workshops or courses for creatives – anyone who goes into agencies or studios or who runs workshops and courses themselves, whether they are on more ‘serious’ subjects like art direction or coding or more esoteric, fun activities such as toy-making, building a pinhole camera or learning calligraphy.

Here’s a few examples of what we mean:

At Pick Me Up this year, CR ran a felt-toy-making workshop with Felt Mistress

The Glasgow School of Yarn, run by The Yarn Cake

James Victore, Paul Sahre and James Wilker have run a series of summer workshops at the Art Directors Club in New York

Osborne Signs run traditional signwriting courses in Sussex

The London Centre for Book Arts runs an extensive programme of workshops on bookbinding, letterpress printing, papermaking etc

Alan Kitching’s renowned two-day Typography Workshop

Alexandra Taylor runs a very well-regarded advertising art direction workshop (eg here)

Decoded promises to teach anyone coding in a day

And, of course, D&AD runs an extensive programme of courses under its Workout scheme

 

If you’ve been on anything like this, anywhere in the world, or if you run such courses yourself, please let us know in the comments below. Please also let us know about anything you do internally at your studio or agency to keep yourselves inspired and energised

 

Pink Floyd fans may recognise the cover of our June issue. It’s the original marked-up artwork for Dark Side of the Moon: one of a number of treasures from the archive of design studio Hipgnosis featured in the issue, along with an interview with Aubrey Powell, co-founder of Hipgnosis with the late, great Storm Thorgerson. Elsewhere in the issue we take a first look at The Purple Book: Symbolism and Sensuality in Contemporary Illustration, hear from the curators of a fascinating new V&A show conceived as a ‘walk-in book’ plus we have all the regular debate and analysis on the world of visual communications.

You can buy Creative Review direct from us here. Better yet, subscribe, save money and have CR delivered direct to your door every month.

CR for the iPad

Read in-depth features and analysis plus exclusive iPad-only content in the Creative Review iPad App. Longer, more in-depth features than we run on the blog, portfolios of great, full-screen images and hi-res video. If the blog is about news, comment and debate, the iPad is about inspiration, viewing and reading. As well as providing exclusive, iPad-only content, the app updates with new content throughout each month. Get it here.

What's the story?

The Storytelling issue, Oct/Nov 2017, is out now.
We invited writers to respond to our cover image
this month: read their stories inside.
PLUS: Tom Gauld, Oliver Jeffers, Giphy & S-Town

Buy the issue

The Annual 2018

The Creative Review Annual is one of the most
respected and trusted awards for the creative
industry. We celebrate the best creative work from
the past year, those who create it and commission it.

Enter now

DESIGNER

South East London

CREATIVE TEAM LEADER

Burnley, Lancashire (GB)