There’s an old saying that goes “you cannot paint from an empty palette,” or something similar to that. The meaning behind it is simple enough: to come up with new ideas and new ways of thinking, you need to see and hear new ideas and new ways of thinking.
In every field, in any industry, this rings true. In the digital age, technology grants us access to so many stories and opinions, the question becomes how can you dig through all this information and pull out that little tidbit that strikes a chord, that makes a difference, that resonates for you?
The answer is clear: by taking each bit in, one story at a time. After a while, you begin to build a collection of stories, tales of limits pushed, of boundaries broken, of challenges overcome. Once this library of lesson learned is assembled, it should be synthesized and organized in a way that it can be disseminated and shared. Cataloging these stories fashions an arsenal of innovation, so when that palette feels empty, a dose of inspiration lies in wait, to expand thinking and spur creativity.
The goal of this project was to create a system to share these Inspiration Doses in a clear consistent manner. Each dose is composed of two parts: a modern “fable,” the example of inspiration, and an activity, something for the reader to do or think about relating to the story. The stories are compelling enough, so I wanted to keep the design should be understated. Layout should be varied, but controlled. Formats were created in two vertical and one horizontal layouts. An “arrow” masthead appears on all, with a subtle numbering process, insinuating the grandness of the collection available.
These elements are easily reformatted into an email message or attached as a PDF, where hyperlinks to more information or back to the author's home page can be embedded. Doses can also be easily printed.