One of our favorite things about working at Core77 is trying to provide you with real-world design inspiration. It's always our dream that you'll catch a spark here that leads to your own brilliant Kickstarter campaign, or that you'll spot some clever solution that you can integrate into your design day job, or that you'll simply become motivated to try a creative technique you're unfamiliar with.
Despite that, we know there's times when you have to peel yourself away from the computer, put your coat on and find your design inspiration outside the house or office. There's only so many things you can learn while sitting at your desk. So here with some great pieces of advice for finding non-desk-related inspiration is Todd Clippinger, the artist and ex-contractor behind the American Craftsman Workshop. Though Clippinger's advice is loosely based around four main tips, there are enough sub-tips and tangential principles within each to make for a good offering:
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Those of you who have gone through design school might find some of Clippinger's four main points familiar. In my own design education, they briefly touched on #1, skipped #2 altogether (a shame, as that might be the most important one), assumed everyone was already doing #3, and went a little too heavy on #4. How did yours stack up?
By the way, you'll notice we referred to Clippinger as an ex-contractor. That's because after turning 50 last month, he decided to hang up his longtime remodeling career and transition into his true passion: "I really love sharing the knowledge and experience I have gained as a contractor, designer, and craftsman with the woodworking community," Todd writes. Thus he's in the process of launching the online American Craftsman Shop Class. Watch that link for updates!