Who doesn't love a good list?

Here's a list of what inspires me that hopefully others may find as interesting and useful as I did and I'll continue to add to these.

I've grouped the inspirations by the following topics and sorry I know there is some overlap!

  • The Arts
  • Personal Growth
  • Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creativity

 

If you have any recommended resources I can check out I am always looking for new inspiration.

The Arts

 

Artists

James Gurney – Illustrator and Painter (Creator of Dinotopia)

Noah Bradley – Environmental Concept Art and Illustration

Projects

Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton

Inspiring reads

How I became an artist, Noah Bradley

 

Personal Growth

 

Inspiring reads:

The Making of a Corporate Athlete, HBR, Jim Loehr and Tony Shwartz

The growth mindset, Carol Dweck (Stanford University Professor)

 

TED Talks:

The power of believing that you can improve, Carol Dweck (Stanford University Professor)

Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creativity

 

Books

Business Model Generation

This is Service Design Thinking: Basics, Tools, Cases

Creative Confidence, brothers Tom Kelley and David Kelley from IDEO

 

Tool kits

Design Kit by IDEO

Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas, Canvanizer

IDEO Design Kit

 

Tools:

Google Trends

Google Correlate

 

TED Talks:

Do schools kill creativity? Ken Robinson (adapted with illustrations)

Institutions

d.school: Institute of Design at Stanford

Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC) at UNSW

U.lab at UTS

 

Collaboration platforms:

OpenIDEO

 

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) sites

IDEO U: Design Thinking Online Courses

Khan Academy