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Ways to keep creating at home

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Written by
Yusuf Tamanna
Published date
27 March 2020

Despite the unusual times we currently find ourselves in, we are still here and want to help you remain as creative and inspired as possible. So, whether you want to use this time to develop a new hobby, perfect your skills or maybe you just want a moment to yourself, we have listed a handful of materials and activities you can get started on to help you continue creating from the comfort of your own home.

To Read

If you want advice on how you can take your creative practice to the next level, then these books are for you. No matter what your focus, these recommendations will help guide you in reaching your full artistic potential. You’ll also find tips on shaking off bad habits, developing new ways of thinking and how you can keep boredom at bay.

How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul –  Adrian Shaughnessy

Show your work! 10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered – Austin Kleon

Tell me about yourself: Six Steps for Accurate and Artful Self-Definition - Holley M. Murchison

To See

Galleries and exhibitions may be closed, but you can still enjoy the wonders and beauty of fine art right from your own home. Using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), The Rijksmuseum – The Museum of the Netherlands is allowing people from all over the world to get up close and personal with their exquisite artworks. All you need is your smartphone or laptop and you’re all set. Similarly, Tate’s entire national collection is available online. That’s 78,000 works by over 4,000 artists from all over the world for you to enjoy. Check out Tate's 'How are you feeling' quiz to discover an artwork matched to your mood.

To Do

If you’re looking for a design challenge to sink your teeth, then head over to Generating design specifications and briefs that you would expect to work with in the real world, you’re given the opportunity to practice your logo design skills. The work you create can form part of a portfolio or can be a creative challenge you set yourself every day. There is also an option to receive feedback on your designs so you can continuously improve and develop your skills. Did you know Adobe also have a range of short term free trials where you can access software packages, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, for free?

Did you know UAL offers online short courses? These courses are still available to book and participate in, whilst our colleges are closed.

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