Something I've been spending a lot of my time recently with is Pickles, a new football culture publication combing our love of the beautiful game with design, illustration and wit. It's starting to get a lot of positive feedback. Issue #4 is scheduled to drop in early September 2012, so watch this space.
Sir Ken Robinson came up with this great phrase, 'If you're not prepared to fail, you'll never create anything original.' I think it's important to keep this in mind, and not to fear taking a chance, it can only lead to good things. So I've stuck this up in my room as a little reminder.
Anyone who uses TED.com might have seen one of Sir Ken Robinson's inspiring videos about how education often stifles and kills creativity in children. I bought the updated edition of his book 'Out of our Minds' earlier this year and I'm finally getting round to reading it.
If you haven't seen his videos then please take the time to do so, he's probably my new favourite person and I think they're becoming even more relevant as we watch the news of failed economies and growing youth unemployment. His first talk was in 2006 followed by another one in 2010...
These videos and reading his book is getting me thinking about my own creativity and where it came from. As I have a bit of spare time at the moment it seems like trying to understand my creativity is a good idea as I prepare to start selling my creativity.
So if 2011 hasn't been a radical change enough; leaving my job and then touring around South East Asia for 3 months, what I'm planning for 2012 is even more radical. The first part is a trip across the US of A, starting in February with my travel chum Ed Read. You've got to give it a go right?