I’d forgotten how much I enjoy TED Talks.

In my never-ending quest for inspiration (and yes, as a way to not work on projects that have stalled), I look at a lot of pictures, always searching for that illusive ‘something’ that will help me when I blog. I’m a compulsive downloader of images from Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash. Some pictures inspire me, some as simply beautiful and some are quite surprising for many reasons.

Here is the description of a funny, thought-provoking talk about how we, as readers, develop unique skills – we can see a combination of lines and letters and ‘fill in the blanks’ to shape images and stories in our minds.

Without realizing it, we’re fluent in the language of pictures, says illustrator Christoph Niemann. In a charming talk packed with witty, whimsical drawings, Niemann takes us on a hilarious visual tour that shows how artists tap into our emotions and minds — all without words.

I love his descriptions of the creative process and our ability to be inspired by image.


Now go look at some art and photographs and let your mind burst out of it’s tidy rut for a while!

Photo by Sharon Pittaway on Unsplash