My Creative View is an online, interactive, Flash application offering users a way to find inspiration and take part in the creative process. The project targets users that don't think of themselves as being very creative. They can relax and get in the mood to create by watching the Be Inspired Slideshow
featuring the landscape photographs I take of my view of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west of my home and studio in Virginia along with inspiring quotes from artists, writers and philosophers. Then the users can have fun being creative with the Creative Spark Collage
or the Creative Spark Journal
projects. Users can upload and use their own images in the collage and journal projects if they register and login.
Because a majority of the target users are probably not practicing artists or published writers, the visual design of My Creative View is meant to reinforce the idea of a private, safe, comfortable place to play around with visual and written elements without feeling intimidated. A worn, antique Italian writing desk serves as the main focal point. A main goal was to provide lots of interactive elements and functionality without cluttering the workspace and overwhelming the user.
This project was created with Flash Professional CS5.5, ActionScript 3.0, XML, PHP and MySQL.
View the full application: My Creative View