We believe everyone is naturally creative, but we all need inspiration and guidance to keep that creative spirit alive day to day. Here 6 books, from writing to photography to Design Thinking, that inspire The O’Briant Group team’s creativity.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The classic 12-week course on creativity is still inspiring readers 25 years after it was first published — and for good reason. Cameron helps readers explore the connections between spirituality and creativity, and teaches would-be artists of all stripes to develop habits and try exercises that nurture their creativity.
The A-Z of Creative Photography by Lee Frost
We love creating beautiful images. This visually stunning, yet easy to use book offers great tips and instructions for taking breathtaking photographs. Readers can easily play with the ideas right away, usually with great results.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
One of our favorite authors asks “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” and then leads her readers through an inspiring, heart-opening look at what it means to live a creative life. Every time we dip into this book, we come away with a renewed sense of excitement about our creative potential.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
If you’ve ever questioned the thousands of uncertainties life brings, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist does a wonderful job inspiring readers to dodge the “what-if’s” and move through life without limits.
Creative Confidence by David Kelley. The founder of the Stanford d.school and IDEO has dedicated his life to helping people develop confidence in their creativity. In this book, he tells inspiring stories that illustrate how individuals and groups can use the Design Thinking process to bolster their creativity. Without the inspiration and teachings of David Kelley, the O’Briant Group wouldn’t exist.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
In this collection of essays about writing, our favorite is “Shitty First Drafts,” in which the author encourages us to write something bad first, just to get it on paper. After all, a terrible first draft can become a great draft and a fully polished final piece with good editing, but having nothing on paper is utterly daunting. From a Design Thinking perspective, Lamott is advocating for prototyping. Putting a prototype together help us think and communicate better, so the next version is ripe for improvement.