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5 Ways To Be More Creative

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Creativity is important to any person; our levels of creativity can influence our careers, our relationships and our choices. Often those lacking in creativity find they do struggle in certain areas of life and can be envious of those who find creativity comes easily.  Although it’s either in your nature to be creative or not, there are ways to encourage your creativity. All of us are creative on some level; just some of us aren’t sure how to use that creativity. Here are ten ways to encourage creativity-

  1. Keep A Journal

Writing every day is proven to help our brains start thinking creatively. Even if you are just writing down your own thoughts writing is a way of expressing yourself. Soon you will find it comes naturally and you will barely even have to think about what it is you are writing. Try to stick to doing this every single day.

  1. Take Up Photography

Most of us now have a good camera in our pockets- our phones! With great apps now like instagram it’s easy to create your own beautiful photos. If you make a pact with yourself to take five inspiring photos a day you will automatically start seeing things in a different light. You will be constantly thinking of the world in a creative way and looking for opportunities to capture a moment.

  1. Sign Up To Pinterest

Pinterest is a great place to start creativity. It’s a place to make virtual mood boards. You don’t have to use it to inspire a particular project, make your own boards just for fun and to understand your likes and what inspires you as an individual.

  1. Make Your Social Life Creative

When you go out to a bar or a restaurant take in the decor and the way in which it is set up. Someone has had to come up with the design, think about the choices they have made. Make it part of your everyday life to take in your surroundings. Visit more art galleries and watch more films. Be conscious of what you are watching. Someone has had to come up with the story, design the set and the costumes. All of these take a lot of creativity. Think about the choices they have made and pick up on the details.

  1. Attend Creative Thinking Training

If you really need an extra boost when it comes to creativity consider putting your mind into the hands of an expert to train you to learn how to be more creative using brainstorm facilitation.

Eilidh MacRae works for Now Go Create and would recommend them for creative thinking training.

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5 Most Controversial Album Cover Photos of All Time

At one time, the cover of an album was almost as important as the music it contained. In order to entice buyers or to generate publicity, some musicians pushed the boundaries of good taste right over the edge. Here are arguably five of the most controversial album covers of all time. Yes, there are some worse examples from lesser known artists, but these album covers all graced the works of some of the most legendary names in the business.

The Beatles, “Yesterday and Today”

The original cover of this album, which was only released in the United States and Canada, had an image of the smiling Fab Four, wearing butcher smocks and holding bloodied baby doll parts and chunks of meat. While this album cover would probably not even raise a single eyebrow today, at the time, the image was very jarring, especially for such an influential band. Most of these album covers were either destroyed or had a more innocent image slapped over the top of the offending picture.

Nirvana, “Nevermind”

Many people find this album cover, which depicts a naked baby swimming towards a dollar bill on a hook, controversial, but often for different reasons. Some people find the sight of the naked baby’s penis offensive, while others didn’t like that the wee one was floundering around in a pool. Still others don’t like the message of a baby chasing after money.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Street Survivors”

At first, there was nothing controversial about this album cover, which depicted the band standing on a street, surrounded by flames. Unfortunately, only days after this album was released, a plane carrying the band crashed, killing three of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s members, as well as four others.

After the plane crash, the album cover was changed, at the request of family members, to one that showed the band standing against a black-coloured background.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Electric Ladyland,” U.K. Version

If you think the “Electric Ladyland” album cover released in the U.K. that featured 19 naked women and a photograph of Jimi Hendrix was the artist’s idea, you’d be wrong. He had actually wanted this album cover to show the band members with their families. Instead, Track, the U.K. label, chose the naked ladies. The Hendrix estate considers the United States version, which features a blurry photo of Hendrix, the official album cover.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “Unfinished Music, No 1: Two Virgins”

As the comedienne Jerry Seinfeld once said, “There is good naked and there is bad naked.” The cover of “Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins,” which featured John Lennon and Yoko Ono standing nude and unsmiling was bad naked — or maybe, just uncomfortable naked. The back of this album featured the couple nude from behind.

It is, however, a good look at what men and women looked like before the Brazilian and man-scaping came into vogue.

Author Byline: Kerstin has a strong passion in graphic design. In between pinning her favorite graphics on Pinterest, she works for several Sydney printing services creating eye-catching marketing collateral for her clients.