340: How to design your CREATIVE SPACE (w/ Donald Rattner)


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Donald M. Rattner is an award-winning residential architect and educator. As a consultant he draws on scientific research to help individuals and organizations maximize occupant creativity in workplace, residential, wellness, hospitality and retail environments.

In his new book, My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, Donald draws on the latest psychology and productivity research to offer a practical guide to designing your home to optimize your creative potential.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/340

In this episode, Donald discusses:

-Why you should have a designated creative space.

-The importance of nature in our creativity and in our mental and physical wellbeing.

-Facing your space and setting up your surroundings to make yourself more open-minded.

-How we feel more creative when we feel safe and comfortable.

-How music and sound affects our creativity.

-The best decibel level for boosting your creative process.

-The surprising benefits of napping to our creativity (and why it works).

-Idea seeding.

-How working walls can help you externalize your ideas, work through your ideas, collaborate and think bigger than you normally could.

-The debate on messiness and creativity.

-Some free, cheap and simple tactics that people can use RIGHT NOW to optimize their creative spaces.


“Creativity, health and happiness all tend to operate on the same spectrum with regard to environment.”

“Walls are for more than just separating spaces. They can be active agents in the creative process.”

“Ideas flow from the hand to the brain just as much they do from the brain to the hand.”

Links mentioned:

My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation by Donald M. Rattner



Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina

Connect with Donald:

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