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Some of you might know that I moved down to Miami from New York City in order to combine my love for city life, architecture, and a more relaxed pace of living. For me, Miami inspires me in more ways than one. Additionally, I’ve always known that my environment heavily informs my productivity and thus have always strived to create an optimal workspace that promotes both efficiency and creativity.

So how can we best design our spaces to spark creativity? There are some tactics that many might already know, like surrounding yourself with certain objects, scents, and sounds. But for many the design ends there. There are, however, many studies that have linked a variety of techniques to robust idea formation, and I’m thrilled to share some of these fascinating tactics with all of you Creative Warriors today.

To help me dive deep into designing  the best creative spaces I’ve brought on, architect, author, and educator, Donald Rattner. Donald helps individuals and organizations maximize their creativity by drawing on scientific research into the psychology of space. He has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, and Parsons School of Design. His work has been featured on CNN and in such publications as The New York Times, Work Design Magazine,and Better Humans. He holds a Bachelor’s in art history from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton.

To learn how to be your own creative architect, download this episode now.


A lot of creativity happens under the hood.” – Donald Rattner

Highlights –

    • Surrogate creative spaces can be fruitful for sparking new ideas.
    • Routinization of time and place is extremely important for creative people.
    • The color blue stimulates idea formation.
    • Working in a lofty, open space (or creating the illusion of one) enhances creativity. 
    • Looking back on memories can create insightful thinking and build the right positive mood for creative thinking. 
    • Great ideas often come when you are physically or mentally not at your best. Always have a notepad available for these sudden sparks of ideas. 
    • Choose curved lines over straight ones. 
    • A little bit of background noise- about 70 decimals- is optimal for idea formation.
    • Dressing nicely can have an effect on your cognitive style.

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