The Life Creative

63 EpisodesProduced by Peter Witham

Discussing a life of creativity. Everything from Photography and Software Development to Blogging and Crafting. I try to help you get the most from your creative time.Everybody creates something, it's what we do as humans. Let's try and make the most it. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter… read more

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63 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Never Blindly Follow a Trend

July 2nd, 2019

3:24

Trends come and go. Whilst they offer an interesting insight in to a direction you might want to consider, you should never just follow them without …

New Projects Are Fun Times To Try Something New

June 22nd, 2019

3:13

I am starting a new side project and the best part of that is I get to have a totally clean slate in front of me and the opportunity to work on it with new skills and new ways.

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Experience Like A Customer

June 13th, 2019

4:20

You need to try and experience your content the say as your customers will, and for that you may have to do a little homework, but it will be worth it. By experiencing what you make the same way a customer does you can …

Should We Fix Our History?

June 6th, 2019

3:37

It can be tempting to go back and fix those older works that just don't meet our newer higher standards, but they might just be beneficial to leave …

My Creative Level - Affected By The Weather

May 30th, 2019

3:14

Note: This episode was record on the move in some really terrible weather so the quality may not be what you are used to.

Over a long time now I have noticed something, the weather greatly affects my creative mood and …

Lessons learned from my live streaming tests

May 23rd, 2019

3:38

As I mentioned in the last episode, this week I started my setup and testing for live streaming. It proved very interesting and I share my thoughts and lessons learned in this episode.

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This week I left the comfort zone and started looking at live streaming.

May 18th, 2019

5:00

Live streaming is a popular way to share with people, some times the less polished result can be more interesting. This is something I have started …

Create and use boundaries to keep things in check

May 11th, 2019

6:57

Boundaries are wonderful things

We are more likely to respect boundaries put upon us by others than those we impose on ourselves. That is assuming we …

Working remotely can be rewarding and a challenge. Here are some tips to make it work.

May 3rd, 2019

8:56

Remote Working is a blessing and a curse depending on how the day is going.

I'm going to share some tips that I think help make the days not only productive but keep you in close contact with you're team if you work on …

Do you understand your tools and what they are doing? You Should and I'll tell you why!

April 26th, 2019

1:53

Do you know what those fancy tools you use are doing? Do you realize what actually happens in the background when you press a button to get an …

Use the MVP to start on your journey to creativity.

April 18th, 2019

2:52

Use the MVP to remove excuses for starting on your journey to creativity. No not minimal viable product, I'm talking about something else.

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Measuring up against others probably won't help you.

April 11th, 2019

1:52

Measurement is good, but only if you use the right statistics to test with.

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I hope you fail every so often. Here’s why.

April 4th, 2019

2:02

Failing can be a great way to succeed next time, I think failing is a great way to improve.

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Creative Minute: Run at your pace not others.

March 28th, 2019

1:46

It is all too easy to compare yourself to others, maybe you feel slower or faster, maybe you feel they are doing better work. That’s a mistake, run at your pace to do your best work.

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Hackathon Experience

March 24th, 2019

4:54

This week I took part in a hackathon, I came away with some thoughts that I decided to share on the experience and how I feel it benefited my creativity to compromise down to a minimal shippable product.

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Minute of Creativity: It is not the tools, it is you.

March 15th, 2019

1:44

It is too easy to convince ourselves that the tools make the magic.

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Minute of Creativity: Multiple projects are a good thing. Here’s why.

February 28th, 2019

1:07

Multiple projects are a great way to not only stay on top of skills but to stop frustration and perhaps even burn out.

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Minute of Creativity: Did you teach someone? What was the result?

February 22nd, 2019

1:40

In a previous episode I challenged you to try and teach some one something, did you do it? I did, this was the result.

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Mid Week Minute of Creativity: Teach Someone Something

February 14th, 2019

1:33

This week it is a mini challenge. I want you to see how well you know something, you may think that's easy. Try teaching it to someone, it does not have to be anything massive, just try to convey your knowledge in a way …

Mid Week Minute of Creativity: Choices

February 7th, 2019

1:06

This week I want you to think about the choices you make when creating.

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Mid week minute: Appreciate your skills and talents.

January 23rd, 2019

1:04

Take 5 minutes today to stop and appreciate what you can do and how it makes you feel.

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Embrace Negative Reviews

January 22nd, 2019

5:13

Nobody likes to hear bad things said about their work. But I see this as an opportunity to turn them in to something positive and learn from them by asking why someone does not like it.

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2019 is upon us

January 15th, 2019

5:17

With 2019 starting I thought we’d catch up a little and I’d lay out some plans and thoughts for what I’d like to do this year

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Take time out to recharge

December 29th, 2018

3:02

It is important to take time out to recharge our creative batteries. We spend all year running down our creative energy and that needs replacing.

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Forget perfection

December 19th, 2018

6:13

Forget perfection, it is a moving target that is a waste of time. Here's why.

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The Hardest Moments are our Greatest Achievements

December 12th, 2018

5:25

We all have those moments that we think we took on more than we can handle. That realization that we just do not know how to solve the problem and …

Don't trash yourself for bigger numbers

December 7th, 2018

6:35

Making trash just to get a big audience is wrong.

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Inspiration and creative expansion by studying the work of others.

December 5th, 2018

3:25

One way you can expand your creative skills and understanding is by studying works that inspire you, you can take this a step further by trying to recreate those inspiring works.

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The Negative Why

November 17th, 2018

5:05

Face head on those things you avoid. But first ask why you avoid them.

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Prioritize to free yourself to be creative.

September 15th, 2018

3:28

Prioritization is a great way to remove things from your brain that block you from being creative.

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10 Things Destroying Your Productivity. Part 1 of 2

August 22nd, 2018

6:52

I wrote a blog post recently that listed ten things killing productivity. The same applies for creativity. In this first part I talk about five of them, part two will be the remaining five. You can find the blog post at

New and Old Design. Wins and Whines!

July 9th, 2018

5:59

As designs change over time, there are those that make creating easier and those that make it harder. Here's one of each.

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The Problem of Over Learning

July 6th, 2018

2:51

Learning is great, but do you actually practice what you learn or do you just keep learning? Practice is an important part of learning.

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Do not apologize for your art!

July 3rd, 2018

2:33

You should not feel like you need to apologize for your art when someone does not like it. Some thoughts.

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Step up and Just Do It

June 25th, 2018

4:40

This is me trying something new. This is the audio track to a video podcast that I decided to do. That’s what this episode is about, stepping up and just doing it. Put quality second to actually getting something done …

New Hardware is Not The Answer

May 11th, 2018

3:26

We all do it, we think getting something new will solve our creative rut or problem. Time for some tough love on ourselves.

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Is it OK to let software solve your problems?

May 7th, 2018

3:09

Some thoughts on whether letting automation is good or bad for creativity. I'm not spoiling it by answering here, you'll just have to listen!

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Respect the burnout

April 18th, 2018

4:04

Creative burnout is a real thing.

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Draw the line and ship it

April 4th, 2018

5:24

Stop picking at it and ship it.

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Sound Passionate About Your Creative Pursuits.

April 2nd, 2018

4:44

You love creating and are passionate about your work. But does that come across to others?

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Social Media as a support or burden?

March 30th, 2018

7:53

The benefits and cost of social media. Is it worth the sacrifice?

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Starting season 2 very soon

February 26th, 2018

0:57

New discussions and ideas on leading a creative life and in 2018, coming soon.

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The Price of a Sale

November 30th, 2017

2:40

At what cost will you make a sale?

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The importance of communities

November 21st, 2017

4:11

How community helps feed creativity

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Believe in you

October 31st, 2017

2:08

Without self belief, we are lost.

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The Power of Self Motivation

October 21st, 2017

3:01

This week I took a staycation and produced a massive amount of creative content.

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Hidden Creative Block

October 17th, 2017

2:47

Creative block can sometimes be caused by the decisions and patterns we create.

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Creativity can open options.

October 5th, 2017

2:13

Allow your creativity to present new opportunities.

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Enjoy The Medium

September 26th, 2017

3:42

Take time to appreciate and explore your medium of choice when creating.

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The Multitasking Myth

September 14th, 2017

3:03

Why Multitasking is not as good for you as you might think.

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Expanding Skills

September 13th, 2017

2:33

Expanding Skills Through Restriction, set yourself some temporary limitations to really fine tune those skills.

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Share your love of creativity

September 9th, 2017

1:34

It is important to appreciate other artists, so be sure to tell them with these ideas.

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Creative Journaling

September 4th, 2017

3:14

A couple of ideas to keep those journals interesting.

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My iPad Creative Writing

September 2nd, 2017

1:37

I wrote up this week my creative writing process for blogging on the iPad Pro. https://peterwitham.com/development-notes/ipad-pro-workflow-blogging-and-writing/

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Backup offsite to prevent lose

August 31st, 2017

1:46

Tragedy can strike at any time, protect what memories you can now. It is all to easy to leave it until it is too late.

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Eclipsed by the moment

August 22nd, 2017

1:49

Sometimes we should just live in the moment and appreciate it rather than try and capture it.

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Inspired by print

August 19th, 2017

2:34

A new print inspires new works.

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Always review old work.

August 14th, 2017

2:03

Always review old work with a new viewpoint.

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When should you create?

August 10th, 2017

4:20

Knowing when to create is a personal answer, some thoughts on how to find the answer for you.

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