The blank page – or screen. For some it’s a daunting challenge, a wall to be broken down before a project can begin. For others, that blank page is an opportunity – a fresh chance to be inspired, let the ideas flow and create something new.
And if there’s a theme to pick up on as you flick through this new edition of Computer Arts, we hope it’s the excitement that should surround the beginning of every new creative venture. Whether it’s the start of your latest project, the founding of a studio, a step into the world of freelance, or the launch of your career, the thrill of fresh ideas coming thick and fast and the chance to make something new are what keep us all doing what we do. At the beginning of the month, our art editor Mark Wynne and I were among the judges at D&AD’s New Blood Awards in London, recognising the best and brightest young talent in advertising. The ideas on display and the ability of these up-and-coming designers to execute them were truly inspiring, and I fully expect some of the winners to become regular fixtures in the magazine in the coming months and years. Throughout this month’s Computer Arts, we’re examining the nature of ideas (page 38), how to hone your creativity (page 22), what it’s like collaborating with luxury brands (page 60) and keeping it fresh even when you’ve established yourself in the industry (page 74). As we head towards the business end of 2019, hopefully we’ve curated an issue that inspires and injects fresh impetus into your own practice. If there’s a blank page in front of you right now, let it fill you with excitement.