Ten great books for “creative” work

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Being a “creative person” is not easy. With all the passion, excitement and ambition you could have for your creative career/hobby, it brings along quite a few challenges. When I started Visual Communication in 2013, I was confused. I still remember the day I was questioning myself; why was I not super motivated to do my best work even though I was so passionate about it. I still got into mental blocks, often lacked motivation and was sometimes desperate for inspiration.

So I made a conscious effort to research and understand how to overcome creative blocks, maintain motivation and find inspiration. I wish I knew back then what I do today, but I’m still ever so grateful for the whole process. I thought I’d share some of the best books that have helped me understand creativity more in depth. The first ebook is the best place to get started. It’s a free 36 page eBook and I think the author has done a great job introducing some of the most essential concepts a creative person needs to learn. Needless to say, each and every book listed below is a gem.

1. Mastering Creativity
2. Big Magic
3. The War of Art
4. The Creative Habit
5. Creative Confidence
6. Show Your Work
7. Steal Like an Artist
8. Daily Rituals
9. Script magic
10. Very Good Lives

Click on the titles for a summary, reviews and ratings on Goodreads.

Typography: Introduction

This is a new blog series I’m starting. I’m going to post online introduction to typography guides, type games, recommended sites, books, blogs and articles. If you want to learn more about design but still almost know nothing about typography, then these three videos are a great introduction. The later two are actually the same ones I watched in 2010 (when I first learnt about typography, in high school) and I couldn’t find a better collection.

1. The history of typography

2. Introduction to typography one

3. Introduction to typography two

4. An introduction to typeface anatomy

5. Typography that works

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If you want to learn more or if you’re looking for more advanced guides, then watch out for the online guides to typography I’m going to post soon.

Sweet Potato Dip

Two weeks ago, I felt like making up a sweet plant based dip. Luckily enough, I found steamed sweet potatoes in the kitchen. After a bit of testing, I was done. It’s super easy and, well, sweet!

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Ingredients (serves 2-3)

2 steamed sweet potatoes
7 small yellow peppers
5 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Steam the sweet potatoes, if you haven’t done so.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in the food processor. Blend them well.
  3. Make sure you remove the seeds. Then add in the peppers. Blend.
  4. Add in the olive oil. Blend until smooth.
  5. Chop whatever vegetables you want to dip with. I recommend celery. Enjoy!

Pepperplate: Favorite recipe organizer

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Since I started baking and cooking, I’ve always wanted a good recipe organization system (I’m a neat freak, in case you didn’t know). Recipe books, cards and digital documents don’t work the way I want. The good news is, I finally found the perfect recipe organizer. So, what makes it so special?

  1. It is well designed. I love the typography, color palette and the layout.
  2. It’s easy to add new recipes on the web. Using the Pepperplate bookmark, you can add a recipe automatically or manually add the information in a small pop up window (It’s super easy).
  3. You get a view of all the recipe titles along with their images.
  4. Recipes sync automatically. Includes web, tablet and phone (Apple & Android).
  5. Now they’re all in one place.
  6. The number of recipes you can add is endless.
  7. There’s a shopping list.
  8. It has a weekly meal planner.
  9. There’s a scale feature, it automatically calculates the servings size you need.
  10. You can always go back, edit and add notes.

Link: Pepperplate.com