There are tons of infographics floating around these days, covering a wide range of topics. Some standout because they’re absolutely beautiful. Other are appealing because of the easy-to-digest presentation of subject matter. This infographic from iStock is a well-organized presentation of the results of a survey on creativity. iStock commissioned KRC Research to conduct a survey of “400 creative professionals across the US and UK about the state of creativity.”
Centered on creativity – ah, that sometimes elusive skill you’re expected to wield like no other – this survey revealed an interesting trend: “creativity under threat.” I must also prepare you: The survey answers may hit a little close to home for some of you, so I don’t be a downer on your Friday.
The top 3 hurdles seem pretty ubiquitous: lack of inspiration, lack of funding and lack of time. Which begs the question that we seek to answer at HOW: So, how do you deal with that?
Creative professionals revealed, unsurprisingly, that if you have more time, you can be more inspired. This speaks to the need to take breaks and be organized with your time…and, you know, the amount of work you have to tackle.
Music, friends/family, coworkers and caffeine made the top 5 list for sources of inspiration. (Let’s see: check, who has time for that?, check, check annnnddd double check.) How does this compare with your sources of inspiration? (Insert shameless plug for visiting and reading HOW for inspiration.)
And the last part of the survey from iStock will definitely get some chuckles. I don’t know about you, but I’m very curious as to the context of the “photograph a client naked.” And “Try to think like a woman” makes me think of George R.R. Martin’s response to a question in a similar vein.
How do the survey results compare with your experience as a creative professional?
Does this infographic have you feeling uninspired? Pick up a copy of the new D30: Exercises for Designers and dig into exercises that will get your creativity flowing.