We all know that there are good things and bad things about our increasing intertwinement with technology. But what effect does it have on us as designers and our creativity?
While we’re not sure on how technology directly affects creativity, one thing is being proven over and over again: unplugging and exploring nature will increase your creativity. Three articles released just this week outlining the benefits (1, 2, 3). One study showed that creativity peaked after about three days of being unplugged and experiencing the natural world. Being in nature has other benefits, as well: reducing stress, increasing concentration, and invigorating energy.
The definition of creativity involves newness, originality, progressiveness, and imagination. Maybe the constant growth in nature, and its ability to continually re-create itself is what subconsciously infuses humans with a boost of our own creativity. Whatever it is, take advantage of it!
You might not have a nature preserve just outside of your office, so until you are able to take a three day weekend in the woods, here are a few ideas to bring nature into your everyday life for a creative boost:
- open the windows
- sketch in a nearby park – to find a park near you, try this app
- start a desk garden – try this or this if you’re new to gardening!
- take a walk at lunch
- don’t let rain get in your way – check out these umbrellas
When all else fails, if you’re stuck on your next big project, just go outside.
How have you noticed nature boost your creativity?