After moving to a new house last year, lots of great life changes and a surreal early peak of Spring sun this weekend, I’m getting a bit of a creative pang to, well, create something visual that’s completely different. That’s different as in ‘I’ve never done this before; let’s give it a go,’ not ‘blimey, this is a ground breaking world first artistic idea.’ I’m also keen to do something creative that’s hands-on and offline. Paper, wood, glue and collage on a scale larger than a computer screen.

Luke Geissbühler and his children attached an insulated package containing a video camera and iPhone to a weather balloon and launched it into space from Newburgh, New York. The balloon reached 100,000 feet before bursting and returning back to Earth where it was recovered – just 30 miles away from where they launched it!

Here are sites and people I’ve found particularly inspiring, informative or useful this year. This list isn’t meant to be definitive or a reflection on trends; it’s just a way of sharing sites and highlighting individuals who influenced me.