During my search for free online courses last month (see my Keep Learning post), I discovered some great resources from an instructional designer and from a writer/artist. Each of them have websites, write blogs and newsletters, produce podcasts and write books just to mention a few of their pursuits.
Go Design Something
After taking a look at Kristin Anthony‘s online course, Go Design Something: The Course, I listened to her podcasts on the same subject, read some of her blog posts and viewed her portfolio. This week, I read Anthony’s ebook entitled Go Design Something: 5 Steps to a Kick-Ass Instructional Design Portfolio.
It’s a good read for not only instructional designers but anyone who wants to build or improve a professional portfolio. It inspired me to focus my efforts, search for examples and models to emulate, create and share. She includes some super resources to get any newbie started and gives “Go Do” assignments at the end of each chapter.
For someone who wants to create an online portfolio but doesn’t know where to start, the simple process that Anthony outlines in her book and podcasts will provide a great roadmap. I haven’t taken her course, but for those who need a more structured and formal learning experience this course may be something to consider.
Steal Like an Artist
Austin Kleon is an writer and artist who has written several books and has given TEDtalks on the subject of creativity. I learned some tips for structuring my time so I can make stuff that I like, but I am most excited about his ideas on the mash-up of passions we each posses and how we can remix others work through daily practice (not plagiarism) so that we can amply and transform our own work.
If all of your favorite makers got together and collaborated, what would they make with you leading the crew? Go make that stuff.
If you have two or three real passions, don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don’t discard. Keep all your passions in your life.
In each of these books, the authors outline frameworks for setting up a plan and establishing routines for getting “the work” done (whatever work you’re doing). The next step is to DO THE WORK.
- Get out there and make stuff.
- It’s ok to fail, in fact it’s necessary.
- Share yourself and your work.
- We live in a digital age, but don’t forget about the benefits of analog work.
- A big part of work is PLAY.
If you have read either of these books, I would love to know what you learned and what you’ve implemented. Do you have any ideas and resources related to this topic that would help me stay inspired to create and to share?