Last weekend Dave and I had his neices stay with us. The three girls are 11, 13 and 15, and while very much similar, each has her own distinct personality. The biggest common thread last weekend, however, was that each wanted her fingernails polished by Uncle Roo. (Yes, like his skills on Illustrator and Photoshop, Dave’s nail-polishing skills are superior to mine.)
I was thinking that my nail polish selection, mostly “work appropriate” colors with a couple of extras thrown in for good measure, would be adequate, however the girls had other ideas. They wanted designed nails.
While I have seen the boards with the little icons you can get at the nail studios, they have never caught my interest. With the encouragement of three teenagers, youtube.com opened my eyes.
You may wonder why I’m posting this on our business blog and not on my personal one instead. It’s simply this:
Keep your eyes open for creative ideas from unexpected sources.
If we, as designers, only look at what’s been designed by artists in previous generations, we’ll be jeopardizing our chances of developing fresh ideas. Those younger than us have as much potential of being a future client as those older than us, and we have to keep a finger on their pulse as well. We may not care for their music, their taste in clothes or their “I know more than you” attitudes, but we still need to pay attention to what they’re doing. We owe it to ourselves and our careers to do so.
Going back to fingernails…
By the end of Saturday night, the girls had Pokemon and Elmo nails (see below).
And last night, Dave and I gave me newsprint fingernails.
While not used, the girls and I also saw several cool videos for marble-ish nails.
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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