• New Year, New Website

    by Tom Kenny

    2016 is here and I’ve taken the opportunity to make a big change to kick this year off with a bang. Let’s start with some shocking news: Inspect Element is dead That’s right, I will no longer be continuing with the Inspect Element brand. Everything now exists on my brand new personal domain, tomkenny.design. Very fancy! […]

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  • The Creative Power of Music

    by Tom Kenny

    As part of my desire to discover how we can enter the state of flow and be much more effective and creative with our design work, I’ve been seeing what the effect of music can have on creativity and the news is good. Music has the power to change our state of mind, so we […]

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  • 7 Ways Writing Improves Creativity

    by Tom Kenny

    A year of writing an article every week has taught me much about the positive effect it has on creativity. I’ve also realised just how important writing is from when I stopped writing for a few years before this year of activity. Write more, be more creative I’m a better designer when I write. It’s […]

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  • Flow: Apps, Techniques and Gear to Keep Yourself Focused

    by Tom Kenny

    The best way to focus on designing for a sustained period of time is to lock yourself in a quiet room and tell everyone else not to even knock on the door. Keep well clear! This ideal isn’t exactly possible for everyone, especially in this day and age where companies have the daft idea open […]

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  • Flow: How to Avoid the Creative Block of Frustration

    by Tom Kenny

    Have you ever played a video game and wanted to smash the controller into a million pieces? I’m far from an aggressive person but I once attempted to throw a controller against the floor but luckily for me, a pillow was placed exactly where I threw it, preventing any damage. That calmed me down and […]

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  • Flow: The Art of Getting in the Zone (and Staying There)

    by Tom Kenny

    It’s a beautiful place, being “in the zone”. Everything feels automatic, almost like you don’t have to do any thinking. Work just flows and you feel like a design genius. Unfortunately, most days it seems like there’s a giant fence surrounding the zone and you just can’t get in, no matter how hard you try. […]

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  • How to Cure Design Perfectionism with The 80/20 Rule

    by Tom Kenny

    Perfectionism can be devastating. It can make you feel depressed, frustrated, anxious, and even angry, especially if you constantly criticise yourself for not doing a good enough job after spending a lot of time and effort on a design. It’s an unhealthy mindset. It isn’t healthy for you and it isn’t healthy for your design […]

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