Driving Creativity: Life Of A Bus Driver

Driving Creativity

Bus drivers share how they are driving creativity at work

A bus driver always will have the best view from their office window. The ever changing environment of the city can sound appealing to new bus drivers, early in their career. However, the high stress job can also be very mundane and deprive a person the ability of driving creativity.

Driving Creativity

It’s important for bus drivers to find that creative drive to make the job more interesting and more dynamic. In return, creating an inspiring and positive work environment.  I’ve spoken with many bus drivers, all with different and distinct personalities. I asked them to share what they do to break up the monotony of their shift.

This is what they shared…

Play in traffic

One driver said that, at stop lights, he would take the letters from the license plate of the car in front and create  band names from the acronyms.

“The same theory can be applied to book titles or business names,” he adds. “It’s endless.”

Bug Your Passengers

Another mentioned that he would try to illicit some  sort of human response from regular passengers with no expression or personality. The driver tells me that everyday he would ask open-ended questions or give an obnoxious hello-in hopes that today “might be the day.”

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Notice Something New

They all agreed that it was important to notice something new on every trip the bus makes. Maybe it’s a business that was never noticed before or a new restaurant that needs further investigation. It keeps your eyes fresh and the mind stimulated at all times. It brings conscious awareness to sometimes, an automatic job.

 

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Finally, keep a daily tally of passenger facts such as: How many people boarded with mustaches or man buns? Or maybe keep track of how many positive interactions happened on a given day. This is a fun way to stay interactive with the passengers and really pay attention to the world around them.

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Some drivers admitted to listening to educational podcasts or talk radio. Some said that they just liked chatting with other passengers. But they all had something in common with each other- they all found some way to keep the job interesting by driving creativity while driving around the public.

What do you do to keep your creative mind stimulated while your at work or doing a boring task? Let me know and lets start a discussion below. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter for some really cool freebies soon.

Anders Vanderkool

Build A Guitar Out Of Junk

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Take Your Junk And Build A Guitar!

I didn’t know how to build a guitar or where to start.  I had some old wooden boxes in the garage and thought just maybe I could create something out of it. After research online and scavenging for parts that could be used in the project, I got to work building a guitar.

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Anyone has the ability to build a guitar. It’s easy.

Firstly, I’m not going to share step by step instructions on how to build a guitar out of junk because there are tons of blogs already online about this very subject.  Check out The Art of Manliness for detailed directions. What I am going to give you, is a glimpse into my creative process and show you the final project.

“Building a guitar is rewarding because you can play it and be creative!”

My hope is that it may inspire you to build your own guitar and that it allows you to continue creating into the future.  You don’t need woodworking experience-just a few tools and a strong imagination.

I do not have strong woodworking skills or tools that make the job less difficult. I used various hand tools such as a drill and an electric sander. What I do well at, is planning and being creative.

And this project is pure creativity. Using what you have for hardware is the fun part. This provides a problem for a creative thinker. I gathered random pieces of hardware such as nuts, bolts, hinges, and nails and tried to figure out how they would become part of the project.

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I started off by picking up a piece of hobby wood for the future neck of the guitar. The wood needs to be a hard wood that is capable of supporting the tension of the strings. 1×2 Oak is easy to come by at any building supply store. The only things I need to purchase were guitar tuners and strings from Amazon listed below.

What I Used

6pcs 3L3R Acoustic Guitar Tuning Pegs Machine Head Tuners Chrome Guitar Parts

Elixir Strings Acoustic Guitar Strings, 6-String, Light-Medium NANOWEB Coating

I laid everything out and mocked up my future guitar on my floor. This gave me an idea of what Was needed to do and what it might look like as a finished project.

Take Your Time And Enjoy Building It

The neck was the most work and most difficult to produce. I decided to scarf cut the neck to give the headstock a more authentic guitar look. (See pic). I also added a spruce build your own guitar-fretboardtop to the neck and installed fret markers with some doweling.  Finishing nails were used for frets and I must stress that when laying out your frets- that you calculate the correct spacing.  I recommend going to StewMacs fret calculator.

The rest of the guitar was a ton of fun to figure out.  I made my own organic aging stain out of vinegar and added corrosion to some of the hardware that was too shiny with a mix of bleach, salt and baking soda.  It needed the old and handmade look for it to really stand out.

I went into the build with only one expectation -to finish the project.  And finish it, I did.

“Building a DIY guitar was just what I needed. Building something that is a tool to be creative-is a reward every time you play it.”

This was more of an exercise in of seeing if I could actually be successful in building an insbuild-guitartrument that actually plays, rather than a guitar of quality sound. I learned a lot of things that I would do differently next time.

In the end I am super happy with the result. It sounds better expected, though, I didn’t have very high expectations. It looks cool, sounds great and is a great conversation piece for even non-music lovers. But lets be serious-who hates music?

 

 

Playing music on something that you created is an experience that can’t really be explained. I have many great sounding guitars hanging on the wall but there is something about playing a guitar that was built with your own hands. In essence, its your own voice. It’s opened up my mind to playing and thinking differently in a music sense.  My song writing is more pure and very raw and rugged. These are the values that are missing in much of modern music in my opinion.

In closing, I hope you choose to build a guitar.  Please comment and share your projects with me. I’d love to see what you come up with. Please subscribe for updates and be sure to share with your friends.

Much Love

Anders Vanderkool

Creativity Can Reduce Stress and It’s Easy

Find Creativity With Foap

Find creativity with Foap.

I was looking for something that would help me push my creativity a little bit further. Finding myself in creative haze, I just wanted to find creativity again. I had many different creative projects on the go but I wasn’t able to focus on just one thing.  It wasn’t until I found Foap, that I was able to find creativity again.

I searched the app store for photography based apps similar to those like Instagram and Flickr and I came across the Foap app. It’s a fusion between a social photo sharing platform and a stock photography site and it’s exactly what I was looking for. I’ts available on both iTunes and Google Play and it’s free to download.

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Get Foap on  iTunes or Google Play

Foap built a platform that creates the idea that everyone can be a photographer.  It’s an app where people upload their photos, that is  a social community of users and a mobile stock photography site at the same time. They are unique in that they have partnered closely with Getty Images and other well known brands from around the world.  Best of all, your posted photos are available for purchase and royalties are more generous amounts compared to other stock sites at 5 dollars commission per sale.  Not only that, Foap is free and super easy to use.

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Moving forward, if you want to learn more about mobile photography, I suggest heading over to the Digital Photography School blog. You will learn everything you need to know about photography on this site.
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BENEFITS OF USING FOAP

EARN A PASSIVE INCOME

Earn money by simply using your phone and looking at the world in a different way.  Take a photo and upload it for sale on their easy to use platform. I have had numerous sales with this app. Some of the photos sold actually surprised me.  Explore the world around you and upload some photos.

LARGE SOCIAL COMMUNITY

The mobile archive of photos  is determined by users.-the  community is responsible for rating the uploaded photos.  Thus, engaging  a community of like-minded people all trying to achieve the same goal- taking their best photo.

EARN LARGE CASH REWARDS

The app has given you a platform for you to share your photographs in their missions section with commercial companies like Pepsi, Volvo, Axe and other popular brands. You can win large rewards in these missions and they are super fun to participate in.

GET NOTICED BY GETTY IMAGES

By simply uploading your photos to Foap, Getty Images may view them. You never know what they are looking for outside of the missions.  I have had a number of my photos viewed and accepted by Getty.

AUTOMATIC TAGGING

When you upload a photo,  Foap automatically attempts to create tags for you. It’s amazingly accurate and useful when it comes to tagging your content. This saves an incredible amount of time when uploading, which can be discouraging on other sites and apps.

SIMPLE PAYOUT AND HIGH

Your earnings can be payed out via PayPal at anytime and there is no threshold when making a withdrawals.

NOTE: You will be required to supply a government issued ID before payout.

FOAP LISTENS TO THEIR USERS

They tweak and update the app by listening to users input. I have been using this app since it’s infancy and have witnessed the evolution of Foap . They highly regard user based input. This app is strong and continues to get better and better all the time.

HOW FOAP MADE ME MORE CREATIVE

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Because I started using this app, the world I see is different. I feel like I have grown as a creative person and I owe a lot of it to this app.  It helped me find creativity. It encouraged me daily to look at things differently. I capture a single photo and upload it daily. This has helped with my motivation by keeping me accountable to a creative task. Taking a photo is continually challenging in that I’m always trying to capture something different. This is what drives creativity in your everyday activities.

I also recommend a Cel Phone Camera Lens. By adding this lens kit, you will see things differently and improve your photography.

In closing, I cannot express enough, the importance of an app like Foap. Simply just for your creative thinking. It’s free, easy to use and FUN to use!

Finally, what has your experience been using Foap or any other mobile photography apps?  Share below in the comments section and don’t forget to subscribe and share if you enjoyed the article.

Anders Vanderkool

 

 

Creativity Can Reduce Stress and It’s Easy

There are many simple ways that creativity can reduce stress.

Creativity can reduce stress. It is as simple as that. If your like the majority of people in the world, stress controls your life on an everyday basis. Maybe you work a stressful job or something personal is weighing on you. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to shut off the brain.

In fact, we have created a society that makes it impossible not to have significant daily stresses that impact us.

Some people look to drugs or alcohol as an escape-this blog post is not about that. It’s simply to provide creative solutions to managing your stress effectively.

Firstly, to understand why creativity is a such a great tool for dealing with stress, we must understand what the flow state is and what it does.

Creativity Can Reduce StressThe flow state is that place where you’re perfectly focused and engaged on something. Perhaps it’s doing something artistic or simply just folding the laundry. For some people, time moves fast and for others- it moves slow. This place is similar to the meditative state and has similar benefits as those found in meditation.

The flow state is regarded as being essential to humans and our intelligence.

Everyone is capable of finding a creative activity and finding the flow. Do something you enjoy doing and you will forget-even if it’s for a short time, those things that are currently haunting you.

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Here are a just a few random suggestions for creative activities that can relieve stress.

Take A Photos With Your Smartphone

Find something normal like pineapple or an interesting tree in your backyard. Try to capture aspects of the subject matter in a different way we would normally see it.

Gardening

Or weeding. It’s a great way to connect with nature and grow your own food at the same time. Not only is it a great way to find the “flow” – it can be great exercise at the same time.
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Cutting The Grass

I find this a great way of being creative. Don’t follow the same path week after week. Throw on some interesting jazz music and you will find that peace.

Read A Book

Visualizing what your reading is as creative as it gets. The journey a creative imagination can takes you on is endless…

Organize A Collection

Revisit that old collection of comics or sports cards. It’s like reconnecting with an old friend and a ton of fun trying to convince your spouse that it needs to be on display.

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Rearranging Furniture.

It’s self explanatory but tons of fun and usually becomes a fresh way of looking at things. An analogy of sorts for your life. Maybe?

These are just some random examples that you may have never thought of as creative.  Remember creativity is simply taking a thought or idea and doing something with it. Let your brain think about something else for while. Let creativity help reduce the stress. Try it and you will see that creativity can reduce stress.

Anders Vanderkool

5 Free Design Tools For Every Creative

Since this is the first post of this brand new website, I though I’d share some of my favorite resources that I use regularly in my design and art projects. These 5 free design tools for every creative are mostly in regards to graphic design,  but there is no reason they wouldn’t translate and be helpful in any creative environment.

Here are 5 free design tools for every creative that I use and they won’t cost you anything.

1. COLOURLOVERS

COLOURlovers is a website where you can discover colour palettes that are created and shared by a community of users. It’s a great website to get inspired or get new ideas flowing when you’re stumped. You can search keywords and filter different combinations of colours. They also offer a number of tools for designers and artists alike.

Aside from the simple user experience, the site offers a great amount of information in the forums page and in the trends menu.  Head over to their website here.

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2. VECTEEZY

Vecteezy.com is a really great resource for stock vectors. They offer a large variety of quality content that is free to use. If you’re a graphic designer doing a lot of mock-ups for clients or are simply needing vectors for your project, this is a great resource. Check them out here.

3. PIXABAY

If you’re looking for a large amount of good quality stock photography, Pixabay is that source. Over the last few years, this user generated stock photography website has grown into a very reliable resource for designers and artists. With this the introduction of their new mobile apps, they have become an invaluable resource for all my projects. Their search filters make it fast and convenient to find what you’re looking for. It’s free to download images but if you want to download the highest res image you need to register or sign in with Facebook.

 

4. FONTS IN USE

Fonts In Use is a valuable website for anyone that is creating something involving typography. The website is an indexed public archive of examples of good typography. The goal of the creators of the site is to:

Document and examine graphic design with the goal of improving typographic literacy and appreciation.

If you’re trying to find the perfect pairing of typeface, head over to their archive here.  If your interested in learning more about typefaces check out: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

5. CREATIVE MARKET

Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted design content from independent creatives and designers from around the world.  The content that is offered is top notch and is really a designers dream environment to be in. It’s a neat way to collaborate with other designers and even get inspired. Get this, every Monday they give away 6 items for free on their page. They could be any design asset, for example, typefaces, website templates or vector packs, stock photo collections. You name it, this site is full of design assets that are created by over 20, 000 designers from around the world. You are supporting other designers directly by using this market. I  highly recommend it.  Click here to enter the market.