Mutant Labs took a trip to ‘Reasons To Be Creative‘ conference, an evolution of the Flash focussed Flash on the Beach. So Tom, Ben and Andy, alongside Plymouth based graphic designer/illustrator Drew Turner and Cardiff based graphic designer Dan Jones, set off in search of creative inspiration, subsidised drinks and pebble beaches.
Escape The Coop and Free-Range That Sh*t
Tom spoke to a packed theatre about Mutant Labs’ Free-Range Friday initiative. His talk showed how taking time away from the regular project/deadline cycle of the everyday can improve the morale of the employees, introduce new intellectual property to the company and upskill everyone that works there, without sacrificing the integrity of the ongoing projects.
From the desk of Tom:
It was really interesting to meet the people who had already tried to integrate some form of Free-Range into their work… Surprisingly, for whatever reason, most got caught up in client projects and sacked it off.
Hopefully, the session will convince those who have tried before that with a bit of fine tuning, Free-Range Fridays can actually invigorate and get you excited about client projects. This works best when we give the brain a good dose of creative energy – via the the medium of making, learning and having fun in the process.
Tom’s talk was well received by a multitude of humans that work in a range of disciplines from the creative industry as he spanned a wide variety of subjects from splash proof notebooks and sitting on the toilet to building a workshop culture and grave robbing.
Game-Jam Wellbeing: Mind, Body and Code
I took part in this years Elevator Pitch, a session where 20 people have 3 minutes each to talk to over 900 people about a subject of their choice. I hoped to enrich peoples lives by showing them some simple ways they can stay happy, stay inspired and stay awake when working through the night or trying to hit a deadline.
My talk was titled “GameJam wellbeing: mind, body & code” and I shared a few key lessons that I have learnt over the years.
1. Breaks are a really useful tool for any creatives arsenal. Use them to alleviate stress, find bugs and look after your eyesight.
2. What you eat and drink is important. Consuming the right things can biologically effect your mood, your thinking power and your overall health.
3. Keep yourself prepared and consider using tools to ensure you can complete your work quickly and easily.
We had a great experience at Reasons To Be Creative, and returned to work on 5th September inspired and recharged, pumped to get back into work and continue making cool stuff!