Inspiration: Part 4 – Finding Wonder in the Everyday

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Inspiration: Part 4 – Finding Wonder in the Everyday

As a creative technology firm, part of our job is to understand emerging tech trends so we can create the best user experiences possible.  The technology is the easy part; the bigger challenge is to find new sources of inspiration so that each exhibit we create is a different experience.  Each member of the NGX team has a different way of finding inspiration, and there is a steady stream of e-mails amongst team members sharing our latest finds.  Around here we find inspiration in new technologies, beautiful art pieces and stuff that is just plain cool.

When I first started at NGX I would regularly search the web for interactive technology and exhibit designs.  However over time, I have found that I tend to draw most of my inspiration from everyday life; a realization that I find fascinating.  About a year ago I created a Pinterest account, not so much because I had any really use for one, but more because I wanted to see what the fuss was about.  To get started I created two boards, one for quotes that resonated with me, and the other called creative inspiration – a place to pin a hodgepodge of anything I found interesting and beautiful.  For quite awhile I found myself pinning things to these boards without having any real sense of what I would use them for.  Then suddenly, and quite unexpectedly I found myself using my pins as inspiration for work-related projects.  What surprised me the most was how often I would draw inspiration from something I had pinned months earlier when it had no relation to any project I was working on. One of the very first things I pinned was an image of a treehouse made of mirrors, which was nearly invisible as it blended so well with the environment around it.  A year later, I found myself sharing this image with my colleagues as we were discussing concepts for a new outdoor exhibit.

mirror treehouse

Image via architectureartdesigns.com

Similarly I found myself sharing an image I found for a do-it-yourself bathmat made of moss when I was discussing possible ground covers for an outdoor donor recognition piece that needed to be low maintenance and accessible.

moss-bathmat

Image via thisiswhyimbroke.com

In the past year I’ve come to understand that inspiration can come from virtually anything.  This revelation has had a positive impact on my work as well as my personal life.  When you take the time to see beauty in the everyday, it fills you with a sense of childlike wonder at the world around you.  I now pin with reckless abandon knowing that something I find interesting/odd/funny/beautiful today may be the jumping off point for my next creative concept.

Albert Einstein got it right when he said “Creativity is intelligence having fun”.  And yes, I found that quote on Pinterest.

– Katie Bedford, Producer & Project Manager

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