Being in a creative industry – I am no different from anyone who tries to break through Creative Block every now then. It may seem awful but honestly at times mind is like goes blank !
I force myself to variety of tricks to get that creative aura back. My favorite blogger Maria Popova of brainpickings, has charmed again with an interesting pschyo analysis of creativity. And kept on musing – Refining the machinery of creativity, or what heartbreak and hydraulics have to do with coaxing the muse :)
For a creative professional, a creative block isn’t just frustrating — it’s potentially career-damaging. When you rely on your creativity to pay the bills and build your reputation, you can’t afford to be short of ideas or the energy to put them into action.
Of all the compiles on Breaking through Creativity barriers; most I like are these words -
Pretend. Stop thinking like a designer or writer or whatever you are for a minute. Pretend you’re a pastry chef. Pretend you’re an elevator repair contractor. A pilot. A hot dog vendor. How do these people look at the world ?
That’s at How to Break Through Your Creative Block
Personally, I prefer blurred wallpaper on mobile screen because of their non distraction. I find the blurred background being warm, cohesive and friendly.
Take a look at this nifty, quick and usable App in market which does it in a snap of a finger :). Simple and usable design does it in quick style too :)
Find colored figures, places with big contrasts, take a photo and make your phone look better!
Blur – The most stunning way to have interesting wallpapers to Android.
The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India’s influence on the region.
This awe inspiring monument is truly a marvel. After a visit here you will understand why it is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction and a famous icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.
The structure, composed of 55,000 square meters of lava-rock is erected on a hill in the form of a stepped-pyramid of six rectangular storeys, three circular terraces and a central stupa forming the summit. The whole structure is in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha.
1000 years ago, Mataram Kingdom which was prosperous and highly civilized in Java. This kingdom built Borobudur Temple which was the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
This time App of the month is – quest to find highly usable and proactive Gallery App for Android.
I love Android but not in love with boring Stock Gallery App. I was thoroughly disappointed and started searching for a better alternative. Eventually, I found QuickPic Gallery.
It has a very simple interface. Simple, neat & works with blazing speed ! This is one of the quickest gallery app I get to work across storage in my latest Kit-Kat Android.
> Get QuickPic in Google Play
Understanding user diversity is a central tenet of human computer interaction (HCI) research. With an understanding of how users vary, designers can better support a broad range of individuals with different backgrounds, capabilities, skills and interests. Smart-phone users have been described as extremely diverse. Yet, little research has moved towards understanding these differences in more precise ways.
It’s longitudinal research that was actually conducted at Rice University and reported last year [pdf].
I was reading fascinating stories about how smartphone has become the core part of our lives !
Smartphones are on the verge of taking over the world New stats shed light on our addictions to our smartphones: The average person checks their phone every 6.5 minutes. More smartphones are activated each day than babies born. And how many apps are on the average smartphone? 41! The average person checks their smartphone 150 times a day, or once every 6.5 minutes.
Perhaps the most startling statistic is that currently, 1.3 million Android devices are activated every day — that means that every 24 hours, more than four times as many new smartphones and tablets are set up than babies (300,000 a day) are born.
And once the devices are activated, they are checked on average 150 times a day — once every 6.5 minutes. Use is focused on apps, of course, some 127 minutes a day but surfing the web via a browser also accounts for just over an hour’s use every day.
Yogyakarta is a major tourist destination in Indonesia. Which is in the southern part of the Central Java province, Indonesia. My visit to this interesting place was to have an experience of life with ‘Borobadur Budhist stupa’ and ‘Temples of Prambanan’.
A unique combination of ancient Hindu temples, history, traditions, culture and natural forces make Yogyakarta a very worthwhile place to visit.
A 1000 years ago, Yogyakarta was the center of ancient Mataram Kingdom which was prosperous and highly civilized. This kingdom built Borobudur Temple which was the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Yogyakarta boasts stunning architecture and a truly spiritual sensibility. The ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan look like hand-drizzled sand castles, while the Sultan’s palace is reminiscent of a gilded music box filled with jewels. Known for its arts and handicrafts, Yogyakarta is a cultural hub, a nerve center for traditional and modern puppetry.
Don’t forget to imprint your clicks on these travel photos :D
Do you know which brand of Sanitary Napkins our elderly women use in rural areas ? This man knows it. Usually such things are not openly discussed in India, let alone think about an invention related to them.
Arunachalam Muruganantham ‘a mechanic turned visionary entrepreneur’ created a system of simple machines to make modern sanitary napkins — giving millions of women in his home country and around the world access to hygiene. The finished product is supposed to cost even less than a third of the price for a sanitary pad from a multinational company.
Muruganantham isn’t selling the sanitary pads- he is only selling the installation he invented to ‘Women self help groups’ to make their own sanitary pads. Users acquire the raw materials themselves, straight from the source, which is really cheap.
It was very thoughtful of him to address this affordability gap for women in poor families. Amazing !!
These type of innovations improve the real meaning of health care: taking care of health while you have it and preventing disease. His desire to create one million jobs through the sale of his machines is truly inspirational as an example of social entrepreneurship.
A fantastic TED talk of his is here