Embrace the changing season for instant inspiration

Creativity isn’t just for professional designers. Studies show that encouraging creativity in the workplace can increase engagement, boost morale and encourage problem-solving.

With the changing season and (hopefully) cooler weather, awaken your artistic side with this simple and fun Fall Creativity Challenge.

 

Apply a cozy color palette

Envision the rich colors of changing leaves - golden honey yellow, crisp orange hues and warm and inviting reds. Apply this color palette when you’re deciding on your outfit for the day, preparing your meals, or redecorating your home for the season.



Image credit: Jeanette Goodman, 

 

Add texture to your pumpkins

Texture is everywhere - grandma’s lace doily, an old leather-bound book or chunky stitched blanket. Use the soles of your favorite boots, a pinecone from the yard or an ear of Indian corn to create abstract pumpkin paintings.

Image credit: http://www.midwestliving.com/holidays/halloween/painted-pumpkins/

 

Take an ambient photo

Capture a foggy morning, your favorite shoes walking on colorful leaves, a spooky jack-o-lantern or the steam rising from your PSL. Try to incorporate the other creativity challenge elements as well - cozy colors and textures – while keeping balance and contrast in check. Post to your Insta for all the likes.

Image credit: https://beautifulautumn.tumblr.com/

 

Sketch an acorn

Pick up a couple acorns while walking to your car or taking a stroll during lunch break. Arrange them any way you wish and sketch them out. Try a variety of techniques, like cross-hatching, smudging or stippling, to capture their features. Also try with different pens, pencils or markers.

Image credit: Green Acorns  by Cynda Warren Joyce, https://fineartamerica.com/featured/green-acorns-cynda-warren-joyce.html

 

Try a new recipe

Cooler temperatures bring a hankering for hearty dishes and sweet treats. Find a new recipe and give it a go! My go-to’s are this creamy white chicken chili and these spiced autumn cinnamon rolls.

Image credit: https://christiannkoepke.com/2016/10/15/spiced-autumn-cinnamon-rolls/

 

Press flowers

Take a walk and select several things for flower pressing. Dainty wildflowers like Queen Anne’s Lace and Daisies are great for pressing, so are leaves and ferns. Arrange your pieces on a tissue as you’d like them to dry, cover with another tissue, and place in the middle of a heavy hardback book. Five days later,  frame them on old book pages for one-of-a-kind autumnal decor.

Image credit: Jessica Marrquez, https://www.designsponge.com/2016/06/diy-pressed-flower-wall-art.html

 

Illustrate an image for Halloween 

Create your own Halloween illustration. Browse Pinterest for inspiration and try your hand at different illustration styles. Once you’re done, print them on postcards and send to your friends for a snail mail surprise!

Image credit: Pamela Barbieri, https://www.behance.net/pamelabarbieri

 

Create a digital wallpaper

Create your own wallpaper for your phone or desktop using one of your ambient photos from earlier in the challenge. Add your favorite quote, phrase or saying in interesting and appropriate typography. Either find a new font or hand-draw and digitize your own.

Image credit: Nicholas Fredrickson, http://www.nicolasfredrickson.com/work

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Design isn't always done on the computer – and does not always have to be digital. You can learn so much about the fundamentals of design just by getting in touch with nature and thinking creatively.

Creating tangible art is cathartic and necessary for designers for continued growth. And most of all, enjoy the beautiful change of the autumn season.