Day 28: Motivational Creativity Posters

Dave Seah Creative Motivation Posters Today’s product-of-the-day was an accident. I was thinking originally that I would make a sticker with the explore – learn – build – share mantra on it, which got me thinking about how such stickers might be used. I joked to my friend Ben that maybe I should make a Shepard Fairy-style T-shirt with my FACE on it, which seemed outlandish to me. But then I got to wondering whether the Illustrator “Live Trace” tool had improved in recent years, which is used to convert photographic sources to vector graphics. The discomfort I had with using my own image in a parodying manner was intriguing, too; I’ve started to use discomfort as an indicator that fruitful exploration is just behind it, if I am bold enough to look. However, I thought it I was going to shamelessly rip anyone off, I should start with Andy Warhol, the ur-Fairey!

Dave Seah Creative Motivation Posters, Small VersionThe Illustrator Live Trace tool is much improved from last I used it (or my current computer is finally fast enough to use it). I had to go back and smooth out some contours, which I did roughly to retain some of the cruftiness. I got to thinking about the idea of copying and repeating itself; it’s not a bad way to get un-stuck creatively, actually. And since there were four images of me, that was an automatic cue to stamp the explore – learn – build – share onto each image.

The images come in two sizes, and are available as 16×20 and 24×36 posters on Zazzle. You can order them on cheap OR nice paper; I haven’t seen the posters myself, as they cost $60 for the archival prints; the cheaper options are around US$20.

Here’s a detailed view of the poster. There’s a pointillized texture on top of everything to help unify color tone…a dirty little trick that makes everything look a little better :)

Detail View Here’s where you can see the posters on Zazzle:

You can download two JPEG versions for free if you’d like to print them out at home:

Incidentally, the large poster has a “challenge area” at the bottom; I’m thinking of making some creativity merit badges at some point for sticking down there someday, once I find a nice source for textured paper stickers that feel more like old stamps than glossy plastic. Do they even make stickers like that?


This article is part of a series in which I am challenging myself to create a new product every day for the month of February. The Challenge Page lists all the products in one place. Check it out!


A message from Dave:

I really believe we all benefit when we share our own perspectives on common experiences. It would be great if you added your own anecdotes and comments, even if you don't necessarily agree with the premise of the post; that's just good conversation in my book. The house rules are "treat each other with kindness and respect" and "enjoy the flow of ideas!"

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