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Current Source of Inspiration

Seeking inspiration is one of the ways to discover creative ideas. Inspiration can come from anywhere, anytime, and from any activity. It can come from those closest to us, from people we've just met, places we visit, or even from films, music, or media we consume. I have written about some things that currently serve as sources of inspiration for my current work and creative endeavors.


Podcasts


Over the past year, I have thoroughly enjoyed this particular medium. The advantage lies in the ability to listen even while exercising, something other media cannot accomplish. Below are my favorite podcast channels.


Makna Talks, is fascinating as it shares stories from diverse speakers. The content revolves around self-branding, art, and career aspects. It allows us to understand the perspectives of others, broadening our minds and insights into various subjects. Iyas's hosting style is excellent and feels light.

Makna Talks

The Tim Ferriss Show, is fascinating as it shares stories from diverse speakers. The content revolves around self-branding, art, and career aspects. It allows us to understand the perspectives of others, broadening our minds and insights into various subjects. Iyas's hosting style is excellent and feels light.

The Tim Ferris Show
 

Books


Honestly, I don't read books very often. However, I always make time to finish a book at least every 1-2 months. I prefer books on lifestyle, financial literacy, investment, and motivation. Here are the books currently inspiring me.


Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism,  discusses how Fumio Sasaki embraces a minimalist lifestyle. This book can help us discern what is essential and non-essential in life.

Goodbye Things

Tokyo Storefronts, ately, I've been into illustrations. This book features illustrations of storefronts in Tokyo, with a connection to architecture. I'm hoping to see an Indonesian illustrator create works similar to Mateusz Urbanowicz. Maybe illustrations of storefronts in Malioboro or Old Town in Semarang?

Tokyo Store Fronts
 

Other Media


Currently, we are bombarded with various digital media options, including social media, films, podcasts, videos, music, webzines, and more. Often, these media outlets are powerful sources of inspiration. Here are various things I am currently following.


Heikala, I love watching the process of creating illustrations, especially the brush strokes and tool usage. I draw inspiration from how he records his drawing process.

Heikala

Jesse Driftwood, one of my favorite videographers. The most interesting part is how he creates cinematic Instagram Stories. While others make Insta stories casually, Jesse does it seriously, giving the impression of watching a short film or an advertisement.


Product Daily, It showcases innovations in product design. Some product designs make us think, "Wow, it can be made like this."

Product Daily

30x40 Design Workshop, a YouTube channel beneficial for architecture enthusiasts. I enjoy seeing how Eric manages and develops his own consulting firm. There's a lot to learn from this channel, including how he creates videos like a professional.

Thirty by Fourty Design Workshop

Show It Better, There's much to learn from this medium, such as creating diagrams, axonometric animations, and various other aspects, especially related to architecture presentation and visualization.

Show It Better

Flip or Flop, Hosted by the husband-wife duo Tarek and Christina. The show is a franchise of Flip or Flop. Similar to "Property Brothers," renovated houses are sold, and they calculate the profit. I enjoy seeing houses with American style that they've renovated, especially the furniture and interior accessories selection.


Assassin's Creed II, an old video game for leisure. Set in Renaissance Italy, the environment is meticulously detailed, replicating real-world conditions. It's impressive how the Ubisoft Montreal team accurately recreated various objects in Italy, such as St. Mark's Square Basilica in Venice and Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.


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