Motivating read: Brutally Honest: No Bullshit Strategies to Evolve Your Creative Business by Emily Cohen. The title is self-explanatory.
Engaging entertainment: Dark sci-fi series like Battlestar Galactica, classic anime like Attack on Titan and postapocalyptic fiction. These are good escapes from my professional work.
Inspiration IRL: I visit museums and interactive spaces—like the Museum of the City of New York; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and the recent King Kong exhibit at Empire State Building Galleries—to get firsthand experience of their user experience kiosks. The singing robots at Stew Leonard’s supermarkets are particularly effective; my kids can’t get enough of them.
Creative leaders: I follow makers and designers Karen Palmer, Yugo Nakamura, Zach Lieberman and Pinot W. Ichwandardi. They all explore new tech in artificial intelligence and augmented reality. It’s fun to let my mind wander into the future and nd practical uses for these new technologies.