Inspired | June 2020

Every month, I share the articles and sites that I found most interesting. Here’s what caught my attention in June: doing good as a creative person, digital decluttering, and more.

How to think differently about doing good as a creative person by Omayeli Arenyeka

At its least harmful, White Savior Complex causes a lot of money to be wasted in order to, for example, give children sneakers and headphones that are of little to no use to them. At its most harmful, it can lead to an entire country being colonized. Creative Savior Complex works in similar ways: without proper consideration, many of the ways we try to help as creatives may mean valuable resources that could’ve done a lot of good are wasted, or, at its worst, it can lead to people getting hurt.

Cops are Always the Main Characters by Kathryn VanArendonk: “In the almost unimaginable deluge of American crime TV, the characters whose names we know and whose lives we value are cops. The communities they police are disposable, and at the end of each episode, they’re promptly disposed of.”

Advice for a Sustainable Desk-Bound Creative Career by Mia Pinjuh

It can be tempting to think of creative lives as existing purely in the domain of the mind, as imaginative pursuits that have little bearing on our physical bodies. But as any artist or designer who has struggled with injury will attest, the body is a necessary part of a creative practice. A repetitive strain injury, poor posture, or persistent fatigue will certainly have significant impact on how and when creatives produce work. Unfortunately, this realization tends to come only come after such issues have become an impediment to one’s work. 

How to Declutter Your Digital Life & Reclaim Your Attention by Elaine Meyer: “Our digital lives today are seemingly limitless worlds of people to follow, music to stream, articles to read, and so on. The flip side of all that digital abundance is that we often feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and burned out from it all.”

8 Lessons Learned from Building a Self Sewn Wardrobe by Fair Fit Studio: “Wardrobe sewing is like cooking- you follow a recipe. While I can’t say that sewing is always going to save you money, it’s like food where you can make some incredible items for yourself, learning and enjoying the experience and it’s much less than the cost of a restaurant.”

What’s the most interesting thing you saw online this month?