8 Things Every Creative Should Know

Design*Sponge – 8 Things Every Creative Should Know – Adam J. Kurtz

There are plenty of tips and anecdotes and case studies and advice for “Creatives,” and a lot of it is very good stuff, but sometimes it feels like too much to digest. This month I thought I would focus on some base elements. Eight simple, maybe obvious things that are worth remembering. If you can look past the clickbait headline – #5 Made Me Laugh ‘Til I Cried! – one or all of these might be an important reminder for right now.

This month actually marks my one-year anniversary of writing monthly guides for Design*Sponge, and I am just so happy to be a part of this family. I can sentimentalize anything (and am literally writing this on my birthday) so bear with me as I use some of the items on this list to reflect on past guides that dig deeper in a few similar directions. –Adam J. Kurtz


Design*Sponge – 8 Things Every Creative Should Know – Adam J. Kurtz
Design*Sponge – 8 Things Every Creative Should Know – Adam J. Kurtz
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adamjkurtz-pickmeupAdvice is a tricky thing to give, because even “the experts” (and I’m definitely not one) don’t know you personally. You are your own expert, and the advice you give to others is often exactly what you need to hear yourself. My new journal PICK ME UP: A Pep Talk For Now & Later is the guide you’ll write yourself to get through the dark parts.

 


 

Adam J. KurtzAdam J. Kurtz (better known as ADAMJK) is an artist and author of 1 Page at a Time & Pick Me Up. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow him at @ADAMJK or in real life (he lives in Brooklyn because of course he does).

 

 

 

  1. Jenna says:

    Loved this. All of this. Thanks, Adam!

  2. Natalie says:

    I absolutely love these, each one is so true! I feel like I need to work on actually believing and knowing them in my heart though, but I guess that’s always the tough part

    1. Julian says:

      Natalie, it’s no point remembering these quotes. Every now and then just look at these and reflect on what you’ve become since the last time ;)

  3. Hilda says:

    Wonderful writing, presentation! Love it!

  4. Rhett says:

    Really enjoyed this, felt extremely genuine and to the point.

  5. Devin says:

    Some of these points really resonate with me. The same advice can mean different things to different people, so I guess what this really means is the way you interperet advice, can be pretty specific to your situation…but no matter what, try and see the positive in things (this will hopefully help overcome creative blocks that we are all prone to experience sometimes).

    Devin

  6. Clarice says:

    Gorgeously communicated! Loved it.

  7. Helder says:

    Leftie, right? :)

    1. I’m right handed! Just sloppy ;)

  8. Cristi says:

    Adam this is an amazing way of writing an article. I love it!

    Cristi
    Founder at http://www.heymedia.co

  9. Tony B says:

    Adam, after “X number of ways to” whatever, your writing makes this list actually mean something to us, too.

  10. Oindrila says:

    So good, I want to know though, why did you hand write it?

  11. Jon says:

    Resonate so strongly with the ‘Labels’ one! Brilliant.

  12. Vishnu says:

    I loved it, thanks for the article.

  13. Chris says:

    This was a fun read. It’s so true. Thanks for saying (er…um) writing it out loud.

  14. Very nice article. Thanks for the share.

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