Article by guest blogger Erika Szabo
Myron Campbell (@notsosimpleton) is an instructor at the Vancouver Film School and an interactive designer and artist. A strong supporter of experimentation and exploration, implementing those practices into a creative process is an important step in innovation.
Part of taking that step is finding the intricacies in the unfamiliar, or the ugly. “You need to be okay with making something ugly -- ugly is strange, that feeling where you’re not sure if you love/hate what you’re doing, that feeling of something new.”
Designers and artists like Josh Davis, Marian Bantjes, Stefan Sagmeister, Lynda Barry and Milton Glaser have let go of normalities and explore unknown realms in order to stay fresh and energized in what they do.
Finding that climax of creation isn’t always as easy as it seems, especially when inhibited emotions are involved, but breaking your own rules is part of it. Campbell expressed how the uninhibited emotions of a child is something we need as adults if we want to begin accepting failure and finding beauty from mistakes.
Wreck this Journal, One Sketch A Day, Art Battle and Campbell’s Draw By Night event are some of the many ways to step outside your comfort zone and create something all your own. “Finding the time is as easy as making the time.”