I have just completed a short workshop with the students called, ‘Spontaneous Thinking’ designed to help them relax a little more, get around creative blocks, ignore the inner critic and get into their flow.
The idea is understand that we operate between two different types of thinking, divergent (being) and convergent (doing) thinking. Designers in particular need to combine and constantly alternate been the two modes of operation.
The workshop set out to introduce a mindset that put to one side the rational and mechanical thinking required by a design brief and move into a new relationship with the requirements of the task. In the same way as so many other artists and designers the idea is to trust internal intuitive, intention and consciousness – and when the mind is calm and open the new ideas and solutions can unfold.
Using timed and focused metacognitive and meditation techniques the workshop combined drawing exercises to help them build personal awareness and apply a different sort of attention. The idea is to help bring them to the present and focus on the act of drawing and creating rather than ones relation to it. Working this way helps them let-go and bring joy and delight to their work which is the only way one can truly create
The workshop is fun but it devas have a serious intent. Happiness and creativity are the same thing. When you get it right you can learn to thrive…
The course is ideal for anyone, not just young designers. By learning to shift ones attention and expectation in a certain way, learning how to combine being and doing its possible to switch on optimum performance anytime, anywhere.