Want to know a bit about where a designer gets inspired? Below I’ve shared a brief Q & A session on some of my personal sources of inspiration.

Q & A:

Book with the most impact on my career: This is a tough one, but I like Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is the Way. Stoicism really shifted my view on how to lead, solve problems, and see projects from an eagle-eye perspective.

Favorite podcasts: Design of Business/Business of Design, Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Jocko Podcast, Hardcore History, Tim Ferriss. 

Being connected with other creatives is crucial to us designers. The Design of Business/Business of Design podcast is about the impact of our craft across all divisions of complex organizations. It also investigates other key stakeholders in the design of products and services.

For individual podcasts, Debbie Millman is the best interviewer I have listened to for design related content. She always asks the most insightful questions that get to the heart of the creative spark, why our craft truly matters, and what inspires us to create even during difficult times.

Jocko Willink and Echo Charles inspire me to lead and take ownership through the mantra of discipline, which equals freedom.

Hardcore History, by Dan Carlin, is a fantastically woven tale of many unknown facts of our history. He shares insights that cause one to think and reflect on our current world.

Tim Ferris… where do I begin? He covers it all: health, wealth, and wisdom. He strives to be a teacher and to help others improve their lives through optimal performance.

Favorite YouTube videos / online learning courses: Ramit Sethi from Growth Lab and I Will Teach You To Be Rich. 

Ramit is a highly-engaging coach who teaches confidence and proven tactics for creating significant growth in marketing and people’s careers (both in the office and the side hustle of freelance work). He is also a financial genius and distills down the complex world of personal finances.

How to reach me:
Contact me at charlotte.a.chapman@gmail.com


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