Two talks about design and creativity that we'd recommend.

So we realise that we made one big mistake in our last post ... we didn't make any recommendations for the more visual learners out there. But never fear, this is the post for you, as today we thought we'd suggest some talks to listen to as inspiration and to help understand how to think creatively, as a designer, filmmaker, musician or whatever you do!


Again, much like last time, there's bound to be loads of great talks that we haven't seen, and ones that we'll discover that may become our favourites in the future, but for now - these ones are a great starting point.


1. Michael Bierut - How to think like a designer

You may not know him by name, but it's highly likely that you've seen some of the brands he's worked on. Michael Bierut is a partner at Pentagram - probably the biggest design agency in the world. They've worked on loads of global brands that are around today, including the new American Express brand refresh and Mastercard rebrand.


You may have mixed feelings on some of his designs, but if there's one person who's qualified enough to talk to us about how design can be used today, and the power that it has, it's Mr Bierut.


In this talk, he discusses how he came to find a career in design, and the things he's learnt along the way. It's a great talk with many stories about his designs that worked well, and didn't work so well.


2. Elizabeth Gilbert - Your elusive creative genius

We'll be honest, we haven't read Eat, Pray, Love - the book that Elizabeth Gilbert discusses in this video, but if there's one thing we do know after listening to this talk, it's that she certainly knows how to communicate!


She talks about how she struggled to get away from being that person who was always known for Eat, Pray, Love (we haven't really helped that by naming her as such in the first paragraph, we're sorry Elizabeth) - but in this talk she goes on to speak about how she views her creative process. Rather than always thinking she has to better herself, she thinks about that it's just something that's on loan to her. With that perspective comes less pressure, and generally, better work.


So that's all we wanted to mention for today folks! Just a short one - but if you have an hour spare, these two talks are worth a watch. Let us know how you find them.


We'll speak to you soon!

The BRIX Team