Over the summer I am planning to get a lot done, from sorting my blog to connecting with other people. But to start, I plan on reading some books that interest me. Here are the books I am planning on reading over the summer period.
Blink- Malcolm Gladwell
From reading Gladwell’s tipping point, I feel that I would enjoy reading another of his books. Blink is about ‘The power of Thinking without Thinking’ It looks into how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision.
The Art Of Innovation: Success Through Innovation the IDEO Way- Tom Kelly
I came across this book online and I feel it would help me with my creative thinking. Tom Kelley shows behind the scenes of his widely imaginative company to reveal the strategies and secrets it uses to turn out hit after hit.
Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity- Edward de Bono
Edward de Bono shows how to stimulate the mind in new and exciting ways. This book should show me how to approach problems from different angles and offer solutions that are as ingenious as they are effective.
Back of the napkin- Dan Roam
Dan Roam looks at an idea that interests me, the use of pictures and drawings to help translate and sell ideas.
Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck- Chip and Dan Heath
Chip and Dan Heath isolate the six factors that make ideas ‘stick’. They show what we can all do to make sure that our own ideas register with others.
While reading these books I plan to completely re-think my blog. To start I am going to create a totally new layout, and hopefully this will give it a more professional look. I will also create tags at the side of the page so that it is easier to find certain things on my blog. My blog will also be linked to a tumblr account which I will use as a visual diary of things that interest and inspire me. I have had an Etsy account for a long time, but have never done anything with it. So I plan to get this up and running, then I will link it to my blog and hopefully make some sales of my jewellery. Finally I will be posting a lot more on my blog and get into the habit of posting every day.
In-between all of this I will also try to connect with the following people.
Sheila Fleet – Who is a jewellery designer and maker based in Orkney. I have met her before in Orkney and we talked a lot about jewellery. She offered me to come to Orkney one summer for some ‘hands on’ experience in a jewellery workshop. I will contact her through email and hopefully spend a week with her company.
Benjamin Lignel – Who is a French jewellery and furniture designer based in London. I received him as my designer for the research project. I emailed him a few weeks ago but he was very busy, so I plan to get in touch with him through the summer as I would like to know where he gets his inspiration from.
Lisa Maclean – Co creator of Jude magazine which is a quarterly magazine/online community/live events. I will do this through Facebook and email.
Kate Pickering – Jewellery designer and creator of Vanilla Ink, this is a programme which aims to help and support jewellery graduates. This lasts one year and provides help for the graduates and space to work in. Again this will be done through Facebook and email.
Stu Hepcat – This is a tattoo artist who is based in Glasgow. I was offered an apprenticeship in his studio last summer, so I plan to keep in touch with him as the offer is still on the table for when I finish my studies. I will go into see him in the studio personally.