Creativity

  • Most Topular Stories

  • Managing Your Time as a New Freelancer

    The Art of Non-Conformity
    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” This series poses questions from readers. You’re invited to answer! You can also send in a question for a future post. Today’s question comes from Maria in Italy. Ciao, Maria! One year ago I lost my job, and instead of looking for another I decided to try working independently. I was able to convince my former boss to let me work on a contract basis two days a week, and then I picked up another assignment that requires another day or two. Most of this time is flexible, which is great. I’d rather have the ability to choose my time 2-3…
  • “It’s nice to get to a point in life where you can be comfortable with yourself”

    The Art of Non-Conformity
    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
      Thoughts on unexpectedly becoming blind after surgery. “Shit happens … nobody said life would be fair, so I just try to move on and be happy. Do you ever see those people who sit around and bitch about something that happened 20, 30 years ago? I could have sued, but I didn’t want to bother with that … I’m going to concentrate on getting back to nirvana.”
  • What Kind of Creative Person Are You?

    The Creative Mind
    Douglas Eby
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    We may watch a movie or TV show, read a novel or listen to music, and appreciate that the authors, those identified as artists, are certainly “creative types” – but what about the producers and set designers? Or the computer engineers at digital animation companies like Pixar? The MacArthur Foundation has a mission to “support creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world” and acknowledges there are many kinds of creators, awarding its renowned fellowships to a wide range of people: playwrights,…
  • New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast’s Remarkable Illustrated Meditation on Aging, Illness, and Death

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Making sense of the human journey with wit, wisdom, and disarming vulnerability. “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead,” John Updike wrote in his magnificent memoir. “So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?” It’s a sentiment somewhat easier to swallow — though certainly not without its ancient challenge — when it comes to our own death, but when that of our loved ones skulks around, it’s invariably devastating and messy, and it catches us painfully unprepared no matter how…
  • There is no lone creative genius

    Creative Something
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    There’s an iconic photograph of Steve Jobs, taken during the very early, successful days of the company he helped start: Apple. In the photo you can see Steve sitting in his home, only a lamp, a sitting pad, a few vinyl records, a record player, and a notebook sitting in the room with him. Apart from those few items, the hardwood floor and walls are bare. There’s no couch, no television or radio, no coffee table, nothing like that. The photo is iconic because it makes Steve look so powerful, so all-knowing and wise. His position, upright with legs crossed, makes it appear as…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Brain Pickings

  • Shakespeare, Sadness-Shaman: Hamlet as an Ally in Our Grief and Despair

    Maria Popova
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Hamlet is about the precise kind of slippage the mourner experiences: the difference between being and seeming…” “Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,” Joan Didion wrote in her soul-stretching meditation on grief. Our coping strategies can be among the most disorienting defiances of expectation — it’s a given that nothing gives comfort per se, but the things that bring even marginal relief aren’t always the ones we imagine. From The Long Goodbye (public library) — poet, essayist, and editor Meghan O’Rourke’s…
  • The Science of Dust, Picasso’s Favorite Phenomenon

    Maria Popova
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    “With every breath, we inhale a bit of the story of our universe, our planet’s past and future…” It takes more than three centuries for a one-foot layer of dust to accumulate. The entirety of the Roman Empire is buried nine feet underground — that is, under nine feet of tightly compacted dust. This household nuisance is indeed one of nature’s most humbling phenomena and Earth’s most steadfast preserver. Picasso was fascinated by it. In a passage from Hungarian photographer Brassaï’s 1964 gem Conversations with Picasso (public library) —…
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay on the Death Penalty and What It Really Means to Be an Anarchist

    Maria Popova
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “The minds of your children are like clear pools, reflecting faithfully whatever passes on the bank…” In 1921, Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, both in their thirties, were convicted of murdering two payroll guards during a bank robbery in Massachusetts. The conviction was made despite highly questionable ballistic evidence and multiple eyewitness accounts that placed Sacco in a different city on the day of the alleged crime. The case dragged on for years, until Sacco and Vanzetti were sentenced to death in April of 1927. Many, including a number of…
  • New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast’s Remarkable Illustrated Meditation on Aging, Illness, and Death

    Maria Popova
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Making sense of the human journey with wit, wisdom, and disarming vulnerability. “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead,” John Updike wrote in his magnificent memoir. “So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?” It’s a sentiment somewhat easier to swallow — though certainly not without its ancient challenge — when it comes to our own death, but when that of our loved ones skulks around, it’s invariably devastating and messy, and it catches us painfully unprepared no matter how…
  • Jeanette Winterson on Time, Language, Reading, and How Art Creates a Sanctified Space for the Human Spirit

    Maria Popova
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    “Art can make a difference because it pulls people up short. It says, don’t accept things for their face value; you don’t have to go along with any of this; you can think for yourself.” In September of 1994, beloved British writer Jeanette Winterson joined Canadian broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel on the air for a spectacular conversation, later published in More Writers & Company: New Conversations with CBC Radio’s Eleanor Wachtel (public library) — the fantastic collection that also gave us Chinua Achebe on the meaning of life and the writer’s…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    99U

  • To Create Your Best Work, Finish Your Worst

    Stephanie Kaptein
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Scribble designed by Michael Chanover from the Noun Project At Entrepreneur, social behavior expert James Clear states that in any creative endeavor you have to give yourself permission to “create junk.” Don’t fall under the impression that great minds are able to produce compelling work on their first attempt. As Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, affirms: It was ten years before I got the first check for something I had written and ten more before a novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was actually published. But that moment when I first hit the keys to spell out…
  • Jim Carrey: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Fail

    Stephanie Kaptein
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Actor and comedian Jim Carrey delivered a powerful commencement address at Maharishi University on having the courage to make the leap: So many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying: I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it. My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old, he…
  • Maria Popova: Staying Present and Grounded in the Age of Information Overload

    behanceteam
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    How do we answer the grand question of how to live—and more importantly—how to live well? This is the deeply philosophical (and yet eminently pragmatic) inquiry that lies at the core of Maria Popova’s remarkable blog, Brain Pickings. Since she launched Brain Pickings as a passion project back in 2006, it’s grown impressively, becoming an intellectual touchstone for inquiring minds that now draws several million readers a month. In the age of information overload, Popova is the ultimate hunter-gatherer-curator, bringing her intensely curious mind to bear on everything from Susan…
  • Stop Multitasking, Start Monotasking

    Hamza Khan
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Arrows by Juan Pablo Bravo from The Noun Project Multitasking causes a greater decrease in IQ than smoking pot or losing a night’s sleep, found a recent study by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London.  We need to stop overloading our systems with simultaneous inputs (fortunately, music doesn’t count) and revert to focusing on one thing at a time. Sandra Chapman, author of Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus, shares three tips for monotasking: Give your brain some down time. You will be more productive if, several times a day,…
  • Weekend Reading: The 10 Habits of the Wealthy

    behanceteam
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    As we do every Friday, we’ve collected our best stuff from the past week for your weekend reading pleasure. What we’re reading There are many ways to get rich, but many wealthy people exhibit the same 10 habits toward financial independence. If you have the unfortunate task of laying off staffers, be honest and human. Basically, don’t do this. From 99U Ever take the rest of the day easy because you had a productive morning? Or ate some junk food because you ate well the day before? When we rationalize bad behavior this way it’s called “moral licensing” and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Creative Something

  • "You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true. When you do..."

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    “You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true. When you do something, you will become known as the kind of person who does that particular thing. The only way to start being asked to do something you want to do is to start doing that thing on your own. Eventually, if you do it well, and long enough, people will start asking you to do it for them.” - Jonathan Harris
  • There is no lone creative genius

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    There’s an iconic photograph of Steve Jobs, taken during the very early, successful days of the company he helped start: Apple. In the photo you can see Steve sitting in his home, only a lamp, a sitting pad, a few vinyl records, a record player, and a notebook sitting in the room with him. Apart from those few items, the hardwood floor and walls are bare. There’s no couch, no television or radio, no coffee table, nothing like that. The photo is iconic because it makes Steve look so powerful, so all-knowing and wise. His position, upright with legs crossed, makes it appear as…
  • "The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really..."

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    “The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to.” - Richard Feynman’s advice on what problems to solve
  • Creativity from the ugly foundation

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    The process behind creating something beautiful is often ugly itself. As a creative worker, you can’t let that notion prevent you from working on the things that matter, though it will sometimes make it hard to do so. Imagine an amateur artist sitting in her studio, as an example. She arranges her easel and brushes and starts out on an endeavor to turn the images in her mind into a tangible work of art. After two or three hours of work, the canvas is a wreck. There are odd shapes scattered across the white background. Ugly colors blend and drip and droop all over the place. Lines…
  • Busy means you're not focused

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Busy is a very interesting thing to be. Being overwhelmed by how busy you are doesn’t mean you’re actually creating or doing the work. Busy simply means you’re unfocused on what you should be doing, so you feel busy. To the creative worker, busy is a familiar feeling. There’s never not enough to do or explore. But to be busy means you simply aren’t focusing your efforts on the work that needs the most attention. If you were focused then you wouldn’t feel as busy, you’d feel another word: productive. Yet we live in a day-and-age where being busy is…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Creativity

  • Creative Shame

    Ariel Gore
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Does creative expression require a sense of entitlement? Is the artist better-served by a life of privilege or a life of suffering? And would everyone be better off if we'd all just shut up?read more
  • Top 10 Song Titles that Capture Chronic Pain and Illness

    Toni Bernhard, J.D.
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Thank you David Letterman for coming up with the Top Ten List. Here's my latest entry...read more
  • Quiet: Do We Need It Now More Than Ever?

    Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    In the booming, buzzing confusion of our ringing, beeping, and nudging gadgets, do we need quiet more than ever? Or have we become so accustomed to human-made noises that we can't get by without them? Also featuring: links to collections of writings on solitude and living solo.read more
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Jeremy Clyman, Psy.D
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The movie could have been about peace; instead it is about war. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder sheds some light on why the story took this tragic turn...read more
  • Why Things That Work Work Just Barely

    Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D.
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Why everything is so scary.read more
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: July 21 – 27

    Leah
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 7/21/14 - 7/27/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: July 14 – 20

    Leah
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 7/14/14 - 7/20/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for July 2014: Fireworks

    Leah
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
      At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of June 2014, the theme will be Fireworks! It seemed like a good month for it, especially after I saw my 3 year old firework experience her first fireworks at a Fourth of July celebration. I was thinking not only of actual fireworks, but also of the Katy Perry song in which she encourages you to be your own firework, letting your colors show. Ever seen the video? As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: July 7 – 13

    Leah
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 7/7/14 - 7/13/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: June 30 – July 6

    Leah
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:32 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2014 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 6/30/14 - 7/6/14.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • A Free-Range Life: On the Road with Pam Mandel

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I met Pam Mandel at an event in Seattle. I was interested in how she’d made travel not just part of her life, but also part of her lifestyle. Here’s her story. Tell us about yourself. I’m a free range human. I’ve done all kinds of things to pay my bills—farm work, selling art supplies, writing photo captions, making sandwiches, stuffing envelopes, designing websites—but I’ve almost always been freelance or temp because I need space for creative things (music, my own writing, art) and travel. What was…
  • “It’s nice to get to a point in life where you can be comfortable with yourself”

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
      Thoughts on unexpectedly becoming blind after surgery. “Shit happens … nobody said life would be fair, so I just try to move on and be happy. Do you ever see those people who sit around and bitch about something that happened 20, 30 years ago? I could have sued, but I didn’t want to bother with that … I’m going to concentrate on getting back to nirvana.”
  • Managing Your Time as a New Freelancer

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” This series poses questions from readers. You’re invited to answer! You can also send in a question for a future post. Today’s question comes from Maria in Italy. Ciao, Maria! One year ago I lost my job, and instead of looking for another I decided to try working independently. I was able to convince my former boss to let me work on a contract basis two days a week, and then I picked up another assignment that requires another day or two. Most of this time is flexible, which is great. I’d rather have the ability to choose my time 2-3…
  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse: London Heathrow Airport

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I love airline lounges and regularly spend four or more hours at a time working from them. This series explores some of my favorites from around the world. Way back in 2007, one of my very favorite lounges was Virgin Atlantic’s “Clubhouse” at London Heathrow. I’ve been back several times since then, and it hasn’t lost its shine. Interestingly, flying on Virgin Atlantic is nice but not amazing. A few years ago, they were one of the best Business Class options, but other airlines have since passed them by. The flagship Clubhouse, though, remains a strong contender for the best lounge…
  • 6 Discoveries From Near and Far, Volume II

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. How to Make Money as a Writer — Jane is optimistic about publishing, and I am too 6 1/2 years of self-portraits (with a twist) — Beckie shares her journey through depression and trichotillomania, a rare disorder Murakami’s latest book comes with stickers — A sneak preview from my favorite fiction writer A Beach in New York City — Not sure this crowdfunding project will reach its goal… but it’s a fun concept Managing meetings across 5 time zones — How an…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    gapingvoid

  • My next book project….

    Hugh MacLeod
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    [IMPORTANT: The book is going to be a very small limited edition, so if you want to reserve a copy, let me know at themarfaproject@gmail.com and I’ll send you a notification when it comes out. Keep on checking here for updates etc. The preceding link will be the book's offical landing page etc etc. Thanks.] THE PLAN: i. I’m writing a book, working title, “The Marfa Project”. It’s going to be my magnum opus. ii. Everything in the book will be hand-drawn in my usual business-card-size format. Just pen & ink, no typing etc. iii. The book will express everything…
  • gapingvoid in Miami

    Hugh MacLeod
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    [Ilana Berman wrote this great article about gapingvoid for OurCityThoughts.org, the Knight Foundation's online magazine about Miami entrepreneurship and culture. I've printed the whole thing below- Ilana took the photograph of me above as well- I hope they don't mind... Thanks, Ilana! -Hugh] University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center looks a little brighter these days. Maybe it’s because of the new building. Or perhaps it’s the smiles of recent graduates glad to be rid of homework. But one new development stands out among the rest: the opening of a permanent exhibition featuring…
  • gapingvoid makes the news!

    Hugh MacLeod
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:52 pm
    [gapingvoid is hiring. Please read below. Email: jobs AT gapingvoid.com.] It was a big day in the media for Team Gapingvoid. Not only did the local CBS news do a story on us (see video above), we got a big write up in the Miami Herald’s business section (got picked up by Bloomberg Businessweek): At face value, Gapingvoid is an art business. But it seeks to go deeper to address the communication issues that occur in companies where employees are often disconnected from the outcome of their work. The business consultants work individually with each business’s employees to produce art…
  • gapingvoid is getting its HR on

    Hugh MacLeod
    7 Jun 2014 | 6:17 pm
    The rumors are true, the team is heading up to Orlando for a big HR event. Official Blurb: Gapingvoid will be at SHRM: 2014 Orlando from June 22nd-25th this year. We’re excited for the opportunity to connect to so many folks in HR and rap about the future of work. We created a survey for folks attending the conference to see how their core values stack up against their day-to-day reality at their company. It’s not one of those “get your online quiz result now!” things -you get personalized results and feedback from a real, human consultant. Our head of…
  • “Human beings will ALWAYS copy what they perceive to be successful behavior.”

    Hugh MacLeod
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:07 pm
    [Buy the print.] This cartoon went out this morning in the Daily Cartoon. I originally drew it to celebrate the latest book of one of my favorite business thinkers, my friend, Mark Earls. I can safely say that Mark is one of the VERY few marketing writers that really changed my life, back in the day. His first book, “Welcome to The Creative Age” deeply infomed The Hughtrain. Mark was one of the top advertising planners in the UK, back in the 1990s when the British still had the best advertising in the world (thanks in no small part to the advertising planner system that they…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Why MANY Smart People Don’t Get the Support They Deserve

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You may have experienced this (or might have seen someone go through this situation) – you are on to something big and need a LOT of help but even people who have known you for a while are not actively supporting you in your quest. They seem to listen to everything and say encouraging words about your adventure but when it comes to doing something, they shy away from it. It bothers you because you have known these people for a LONG time and these are some people that you would totally expect 100% support from. They should be the ones that should fully understand your potential and lend…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Belmont Club

  • Wonderland

    Richard Fernandez
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    According to a Reuters story Egypt is in the crosshairs of Islamic militants based in Libya. “Chaos in Libya has allowed militants to set up makeshift training camps only a few kilometers from Egypt’s border, according to Egyptian security officials.” The militants, those officials say, harbor ambitions similar to the al-Qaeda breakaway group that has seized large swathes of Iraq; they want to topple Sisi and create a caliphate in Egypt. A state security officer in Salloum said Egyptian authorities see a threat in Libya because of instability that stretches from the border to…
  • Remember the Alamut

    Richard Fernandez
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Bill Roggio reports on the disasters overtaking the Iraqi Army. A key base near Tikrit being used by the government to counterattack ISIS was reported overrun with heavy loss to equipment and life. Two days after repelling an Iraqi military attempt to retake the city of Tikrit, the Islamic State and its allies are said to have overrun Camp Speicher, a large base just outside the city that was being used in the failed effort to retake the provincial capital. The Islamic State’s Salahaddin Division claimed in an official statement released on Twitter yesterday that it overran Camp…
  • The Element of Predictable Surprise

    Richard Fernandez
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    “Ok, surprise me.” The enemy always does.  For years Hamas has been working on a secret weapon: tunnels. “Eight Palestinian militants emerged from a tunnel some 300 yards inside Israel on Saturday morning, armed with automatic weapons and wearing Israeli military uniforms, the Israeli military said. The gunmen fired a rocket-propelled grenade at two Israeli military jeeps on patrol, starting a battle that killed two Israeli officers and one of the militants, according to the military. The rest then retreated underground, back to Gaza.” The IDF has taken 30 tunnels so…
  • The Perils of the Sea

    Richard Fernandez
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    One of the biggest causes of warship losses is self-immolation. Remember the Maine? It is now believed that the USS Maine might have blown herself up in what was the equivalent of a coal dust explosion that set off her magazines rather than from a Spanish mine.  The evidence is inconclusive. There is less controversy in the case of the HMS Vanguard, a dreadnought class battleship that blew up in Scapa Flow in 1917. “Just before midnight on 9 July 1917 at Scapa Flow, Vanguard suffered an explosion, probably caused by an unnoticed stokehold fire heating cordite stored against an adjacent…
  • The End of Animal House

    Richard Fernandez
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The shootdown of a Malaysian Airlines 777 over Ukraine with the loss of all aboard may represent a new and disturbing trend in that conflict. For Ukraine represents the flashpoint between east and west at its most immediate. The airplane was brought down from 33,000 feet by an anti-air system from parties unknown, yet almost certainly connected with the army of a great state. It follows the announcement of new sanctions by the Obama administration on Russia — and a connection between the two, even if factually nonexistent, will be drawn and hang like a cloud over the international…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Idea Sandbox

  • Differentiate Your Brand with Storytelling: Sugar House Day Spa & Salon

    Shannon
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    When it comes to Branding, there are many ways to differentiate your brand. One very authentic way is “Tell a story that defines you and is unique to you.” We recently experienced an example of storytelling at Sugar House Day Spa & Salon. Sugar House is located in the historic center of Alexandria, Virginia in a beautifully restored early 19th century home. The building was once part of a sugar refinery and now Sugar House leverages that story in what they do. Here are just some of the ways… Treatments Sugar House Scrub: A sweet full body exfoliating…
  • 12 Tips For Successful In-Store Events

    Paul
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    No matter what you call them… your customers, clients, consumers or participants – they are all Guests when they visit your location. Being a great host to those visiting your location is no different from entertaining friends and neighbors at your house. While we do think about details when planning a big event at home, as restaurant and retail owners, we and our teams need to be a great host to Guests every day. Here is our guide to being a great host to Guests – from preparation and during to after your event. ♦ Planning ♦ Have A Plan You’ve got to prepare and…
  • They’re Your Words, Choose Them

    Paul
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    You’ve seen the signs: ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT CARDS. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS. BATHROOMS FOR PATRONS ONLY. Guess what? There’s no legal requirement that signs have to make you sound like a harsh jerk in order to carry weight or to inform the public. To keep our prices as low as possible, we only accept cash. The good news is that there’s an ATM next door. Careful! We’d like to watch your stuff for you, but we’re busy making coffee. Our spotlessly clean restrooms are for our beloved customers only, so come on in and buy something! Also, there’s…
  • CapitalizeYourURLsAndHashTags

    Paul
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Check out these URLs: ExpertSexChange.com vs. ExpertsExchange.com How it is written: expertsexchange.com | How it is interpreted: ExpertSexChange.com What they meant: ExpertsExchange.com And these two… TeacherStalking.com vs. TeachersTalking.com How it is written: teacherstalking.com | How it is interpreted: TeacherStalking.com What they meant: TeachersTalking.com While the URLs are spelled the same, there is a big difference in the meaning depending on how they’re interpreted. We need to treat our messages as if they’re written for a billboard, posted on a highway, with a 65…
  • It’s Called A Presentation…

    Paul
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    The post It’s Called A Presentation… appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Lateral Action

  • How Your Creativity Can Save You in a Crisis

    Mark McGuinness
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Image by nikkytok via BigStock As Gregory Sampson awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found his bed transformed into a gigantic slab of stone. He couldn’t see the change – the room was pitch-black, so opening his eyes or closing them made no difference at all. But he could feel it. The bed was rock-hard. And cold. There were no sheets. His pillow had vanished. Lying there on the cold stone in darkness, he could hear nothing but the sound of his own breathing and his heart thumping in his chest. Reaching out on one side and then the other, he felt nothing but stone. Rolling…
  • Travel the World as a Suitcase Entrepreneur: a Conversation with Natalie Sisson

    Mark McGuinness
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    In recent years the term ‘digital nomad’ has become a buzzword for a new way of living and working – travelling the globe with a laptop and living in a succession of exotic countries, all the while running a business from the road. Plenty of hype and myths have grown up around the subject. One suspects there may even be a few armchair nomads. But there are people out there walking (and flying) the walk – and Natalie Sisson is one of them. I ‘met’ Natalie online several years ago via our blogs. Whenever I hear from her it’s rarely from the same place…
  • Video: Public Speaking for Introverted Creatives

    Mark McGuinness
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you want to succeed as a creative professional, sooner or later you’re going to have to stand up in front of an audience and persuade them of the value of your work. If you’re a writer you’ll be invited to give readings and talks. If you’re an artist you’ll be asked to talk about your work at salons and exhibitions. If you’re an agency creative, you’ll have to pitch ideas to your colleagues and clients. If you’re an entrepreneur you’ll need to tell investors and potential buyers about your company and products. If you’re a…
  • Unlock Your Creativity (and Win Pitches) by Starting at the Finish Line

    Gigi Rosenberg
    21 Nov 2013 | 12:26 pm
    Image by digitalista via BigStock When I teach my workshop on ‘Fundraising for Artists,’ we play this game: I give the class an imaginary check for $10,000 and I ask an artist to come to the front of the room and describe her project. Participants have to decide if and when they’re willing to give the artist the check and if not, what questions they want answered. Suddenly, the attendees who walked into the room as unsure artists transform into savvy philanthropists with smart questions about the artist’s project and vision. This game helps both the artist see where…
  • How Interrupting Your Sleep Can Silence Your Doubts and Boost Your Creativity

    Brian Cormack Carr
    24 Oct 2013 | 7:23 am
    Are you the type of creative person who only generates ideas and solutions when you’ve had your full eight hours of shut-eye? Or perhaps you find your mind firing off with so many bright ideas that you sometimes find it hard to get to sleep? Here’s how to consciously use sleeplessness to your advantage – by tapping its power to silence your inner critic and open you up to new streams of innovative thinking. I was a student when I first came across Dorothea Brande’s book Becoming A Writer. At the time, writing loomed large in my life: I was writing essay after essay for my…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Logic+Emotion

  • Responsive Marketing in a Real Time World

    David Armano
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    We needn't look much further than our everyday lives to realize that the way we consume, share and produce our own media has changed drastically. The major forces in this evolution are largely a combination of hardware and software (mobile) combined with connectivity (social) all accelerated in the context of time which gives the impression of immediacy (real-time). When it comes to marketing and communications in this real time business environment it is forcing us to re-think the notion of both content and distribution. It was these thoughts that have been driving much of my own thinking…
  • Is Sharing Link Bait a Huge Mistake?

    David Armano
    28 May 2014 | 4:45 am
    You've probably done it too. Shared an article you didn't fully read or absorb because the headline grabbed your attention. If you're guilty as charged—don't feel too bad as there is a legitimate reason we sometimes do this. As I've said many times before, content is currency and it's human nature to want to share things that resonate with us and we know will resonate with others. I did this recently with a Business Insider article titled:"We Got A Look Inside The 45 Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet" So here's what I did; I read the headline and…
  • The New York Times Innovation Report is Both a Manifesto and Warning For Entrenched Organizations

    David Armano
    18 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    "To improve is to change; to perfect is to change often"~Winston ChurchillThere are few documents, articles or any media for that matter that capture and illustrate the complex yet efficient nature of disruption than the New York Times 2014 Innovation Report. Recently leaked, presumably in some connection with the dismissal of executive editor Jill Abramson the 91 page report has been somewhat eclipsed by the debate around Abramson. But while that story has been garnering the most attention in the media—it is the innovation report which needs to be read cover to cover by anyone whose work…
  • Native Advertising Isn't The Enemy—We Are

    David Armano
    9 May 2014 | 7:52 am
    "We have met the enemy and he is us"~Pogo You should stop what you are doing and read this piece on Native Advertising by Andrew Sullivan, in which he asserts "journalism has surrendered" on the topic of native advertising. Specifically the form that seamlessly blends marketing with editorial in a publication. Aside from it being a wonderful and brutally honest assessment of native advertising and its influence on media, Andrew is both right and wrong in the piece when he says this:"At one point, the reputation of that journalism is going to tarnished by the fact that you’re not sure if…
  • Why It's Time To Re-Think Real-Time

    David Armano
    4 May 2014 | 7:18 pm
    We can do better.  Recently, I attended an industry roundtable alongside a variety of marketers from different industries, all on the brand side. These are smart and accomplished individuals who gathered together to discuss real time marketing and what it means for their organizations. When asked what their favorite example of real time marketing was—most deferred to the obvious answer: Oreo's "dunk in the dark!" With much respect to the brand that got the real time conversation started—it's time to move on. From Real Time Marketing to Building Responsive BrandsReal-time marketing is…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Creativity at Work Blog

  • Creativity and Education: Why it Matters

    Linda Naiman
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Creativity and Education: Why it Matters In case you need convincing… Creative thinking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Decision-making in the yellow-light zone

    Linda Naiman
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Decision-making in the yellow-light zone Decision-making is easy at a red or green light, but what... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you too Busy to Innovate?

    Linda Naiman
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Are you too Busy to Innovate? When I ask corporate clients what their biggest barrier to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Create a Haiku Poem

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    How to Create a Haiku Poem Start with a haiku walkabout I participated in a haiku workshop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • April is National Poetry Month

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    April is National Poetry Month What is poetry good for? Good poetry causes me to pause, reflect... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Podcast416: Reflections on Create, Make & Learn 2014

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    This podcast from the road is an audio reflection by Shelly and Wesley Fryer about their experiences at the 2014 Create, Make & Learn Professional Development Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Shelly and Wes discuss how CML14 was setup differently from typical conferences and PD events, letting participants self-select workshops and sessions which best matched their individual learning goals. They discuss different Maker Education (MakerEd) projects they completed and learned about during the week, including jitterbug robots, green-screen videos, MinecraftEDU lessons, and more. Check the…
  • Use Video Camera Like a Pencil – A Blog Like a Textbook

    Wesley Fryer
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Today during our lunch break at the “Create, Make and Learn Institute”, I picked up a copy of the July – August September 2014 newsletter of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont. The newsletter includes an article by Dr. Rob Williams, board president of ACME: Action Coalition for Media Education, titled, “Fight for the Light! A response to the film Shadows of Liberty.” Rob advocates media literacy education for students and citizens of all ages for multiple reasons. I like how he juxtaposes video cameras and pencils, along with blogs and textbooks…
  • Create, Make and Learn 2014: The iMovie Trailer

    Wesley Fryer
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Oh my goodness! You need to take 60 seconds and check out the fantastic iMovie trailer my wife, Shelly, created for the Create, Make and Learn Institute this week in Burlington, Vermont! I LOVE the script text for this video as well as the photos: “Teachers will SAVE THE DAY when school gets boring” by engaging students in activities that involve creating and making! Shelly has become an iMovie and iMovie Trailer-making machine this summer! She’s posted six more videos in the past 3 weeks (all created on her iPad with iMovie) to her teacher YouTube channel!  …
  • Students Teach About Redstone Wiring in Minecraft

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Today at the Create, Make and Learn Institute in Burlington, Vermont, my 10 year old daughter (Rachel) and 16 year old son (Alex) shared some techniques with teachers about using redstone wiring in Minecraft to do some cool things. Kevin Jarrett led the session, which was an introduction to Minecraft for teachers. His Google Doc of Minecraft intro resources is fantastic. Rachel showed teachers how to create a shower with redstone in Minecraft. She just started learning how to use redstone this week on our trip to Vermont, playing Minecraft on her laptop in the car and this week with her…
  • Podcast415: Igniting Create, Make & Learn and iPad Media Camp

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    This audio podcast is a recording of two “Ignite” presentations by Wesley Fryer in July 2014. Ignite presentations are five minutes long, with presenters using 15 slides shown for 15 seconds each. The first Ignite in this podcast is Wes’ opening Ignite presentation on July 15, 2014, at the Create, Make and Learn (CML) Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Create, Make and Learn is a five day professional development institute for educators organized by Lucie deLaBruere. The second Ignite was shared on July 9, 2014, at iPad Media Camp in Manhattan, Kansas. This was originally…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Lindsey Lewis

  • on awareness, breath and trust. jam session with me and Susanne Mueller, holistic nutritionist

    lindsey
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Hey you guys, Some super juicy personal stuff came up for me and Susanne Mueller when we got together to talk about awareness, breath and trust for Food: A Love Story. The participants already received the recording, and because I think there’s some really good stuff in here, I wanted to share it with you, too. You can listen to the entire 15-minute convo down below. Or take a read-through some of what we shared, here: LL: Sus, what does awareness mean to you and how do you practice it? SM: Awareness was the most important part of instilling change for me in my body, the way I eat and…
  • just another ordinary miracle

    lindsey
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Related posts: the miracle of being alive swings installed in Paris trees! yes! new york, new york. pocket full of dreams.
  • Power of Peace Interview Series: Lori Deschene of TinyBuddha.com

    lindsey
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Power of Peace Interview Series Here, she is, the mega-watt luminary Lori Deschene, of TinyBuddha.com. The Power of Peace series explores ideas about peace and how it can transform our lives–from the inside out. It features luminaries from all walks of life. About Lori Deschene Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha, a vibrant online community for those who are seeking insight or have wisdom to share. Since 2009, Tiny Buddha has grown to reach more than two million monthly readers. Lori is the author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, Tiny Buddha’s Guide…
  • is it self-care or gratitude? redefining what it means to take time for ourselves

    lindsey
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    This is about self-care. We hear so much about it, how a former all-business media mogul is now teaching it, what magazines say about it, how we should do more of it, feel less guilty about it. But what is self-care? Is it really taking care of ourselves? Or is it giving thanks? Giving Thanks I was wondering why I feel confused when people talk about the amount of time I spend on “self-care.” My morning walk in the park, meditation and movement practice, solo time having adventures, moments where I turn off my phone and disconnect from social media and email. “You spend so…
  • food: a love story. join me and holistic nutritionist Susanne Mueller for the next 30-Day challenge

    lindsey
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    Guys I am so excited to have the totally transformational, transparent and authentic Susanne Mueller of Susanne Mueller yoga and nutrition join us for the next 30-day challenge. Food: A Love Story It’s not about dieting. It’s about how you feel about food. How you feel about yourself. Fall in love with who you are. From there, the rest falls into place–naturally. You’ll instinctively choose the foods that are right for you. You’ll eat intuitively and free from guilt and the internal battle. Your body will guide the way–and you’ll be able to trust it.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SA CREATIVES

  • Bold And Quirky Illustrations By Fine Artist Amy Slatem

    SA Creatives
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    Who is Amy and what do you do? I’m that person sitting outside with a sketchbook. I love creating and am a graphic designer and illustrator with a background in fine art. I’m from the Eastern Cape, but am currently living and working in Joburg. How would you define your style or art?  My style in general is bold and quirky done mostly in pen, paint and/or digital. But by always experimenting and working on it, “style” becomes a very dynamic and loose concept and I find my works tend to go through stages of similarity depending on what particular aspect or medium…
  • Nina Torr – Illustrations At Its Best

    SA Creatives
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    What have you been up to since we last featured you? A few exciting projects have come up lately. Last year I collaborated with Essie Letterpress to create the October illustration for their 2014 Artist’s Almanac. They accidentally published my illustration under my real name and since then I’ve realised I prefer it that way, so I made the decision to drop my pseudonym, Andy Wyeth. A few months ago I took part in the Gravity: A Visual Exploration show at Salon 91 alongside Dani Loureiro, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Tess Metcalf, Mariëtte Bergh, and Maaike Bakker. The show was a fun…
  • Wavescape Surf Film Festival at the DIFF

    SA Creatives
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    The 9th Wavescape Surf Film Festival at DIFF celebrates almost a decade of bringing Durban an annual feast of surf culture, spearheaded by the world’s best surfing documentaries and shorts. The outdoor screening on the lawns at the Bay of Plenty takes place this Sunday 20 July followed by five days of indoor screenings at Ster Kinekor Musgrave (Monday 21 to 26 July). “Our 2014 edition features the most diverse and geographically disparate collection yet,” said Steve Pike (Spike) co-founder of the festival and editor of wavescape.co.za, who will be introducing the films.
  • SA Graffiti Art Mural Time-lapse

    SA Creatives
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    The post SA Graffiti Art Mural Time-lapse appeared first on SA CREATIVES.
  • Weekend inspirations- – Illustrations By Annika de Korte

    SA Creatives
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    What have you been up to since we last featured you? Learning how to manage a freelance career, designing loads of infographics and making more stand alone illustrations. Tell us about your new projects? I am currently working on a project that incorporates children’s illustrations which is a lot of fun, as it allows for bright colours and playful characters. I am also working with animation companies, who bring my designs and illustrations to life. What was the inspiration behind your new work? Nature, picture books and music. What are your creative plans for 2014? Developing my…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Creative Mind

  • The Surreal Fashion Photography of Miss Aniela

    Douglas Eby
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Most of my limited experience of fashion photography has been the occasional magazine feature or ad, and the images typically seem to me mainly designed to document the clothing. The work of London-based fashion photographer Natalie Dybisz, who works under the name Miss Aniela, is much more complex and intriguing. Writer Sarah Bradley describes some of how Miss Aniela works: “Blurring the lines between art, photography, and fashion, Miss Aniela’s collection of Surreal Fashion takes us to a mysterious place where the most elaborate and fantastical dreams come to life.”…
  • What Kind of Creative Person Are You?

    Douglas Eby
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    We may watch a movie or TV show, read a novel or listen to music, and appreciate that the authors, those identified as artists, are certainly “creative types” – but what about the producers and set designers? Or the computer engineers at digital animation companies like Pixar? The MacArthur Foundation has a mission to “support creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world” and acknowledges there are many kinds of creators, awarding its renowned fellowships to a wide range of people: playwrights,…
  • Natalie Fobes on Pursuing Creative Passion

    Douglas Eby
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    How does our self concept, our identity, affect creative expression? How do we find creative passions and how does pursuing them demand changes in our life? One example of an artist who has addressed these questions is Natalie Fobes. A bio on her site summarizes some of her personal journey and work: “Not many photographers have faced winds of 90 knots and seas of 40 feet while on a fishing boat in the middle of the Bering Sea. “Few can describe the bitter cold of a Siberian winter while camped out with Chukchi reindeer herders. Or say that their first client was National…
  • Can People With ADHD Be More Creative?

    Douglas Eby
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:37 pm
    A number of psychologists note that many personality traits connected with ADD and ADHD are also associated with highly creative people. This is a topic I have addressed in previous Creative Mind posts, but here are some new perspectives, inspired by a documentary by Lisa Ling who was diagnosed with ADD during the course of her research for the project. She commented, “As a journalist, when I’m immersed in a story, then I feel like I can laser-focus. But if I’m not working, my mind goes in every direction but where it’s supposed to go. I’ve been like that since I was a kid.” What…
  • Heidi Grant Halvorson on Creative Success

    Douglas Eby
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:48 am
    One of the themes of creativity research, and many psychologists and creativity coaches, is how crucial beliefs and attitudes are in developing our creative abilities. Psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson talks in the audio clip below about the prevalent idea of ‘genius’ for whether someone can be creative – or even aspire to be. She also writes about focus and creating, and that “to be a successful creative, you need to not only be a good generator, but also a good evaluator. The problem is that in practice, it’s remarkably hard to be both. “And the reason for…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Cruzine

  • Digital Illustrations by KenShjn Park

    Paul Viluda
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    KenShjn Park is a young 23-year-old digital artist / illustrator based in Vietnam specializing in manga / fanart art. Below, you may scroll through several hot pieces selected from his portfolio. Enjoy! Visit KenShjn Park
  • Portrait Photo Manipulations by AlkaB

    Paul Viluda
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Collection of amazing digital portrait photo manipulations by AlkaB aka Ivorytowers11. For more, make sure to check out the link at the very bottom. Enjoy … and get inspired! Visit AlkaB
  • Brilliant Digital Art by Anne Wipf

    Paul Viluda
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Anne Wipf is a talented female artist based in France. She specializes in fantasy digital art and photo manipulation. Below, you may check out several creative artworks handpicked from her portfolio. To see more, make sure to follow the link at the very bottom. Enjoy! Visit Anne Wipf
  • Hot Digital Illustrations by Mark Henry Bustamante

    Paul Viluda
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    Collection of inspiring digital comic illustrations by Mark Henry Bustamante, an artist from the Philippines. Enjoy! Visit Mark Henry Bustamante
  • Digital Illustrations by Roro Zhu

    Paul Viluda
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    Roro Zhu is a talented digital artist / illustrator based in Taiwan. Below, you may scroll through several quality artworks handpicked from his portfolio. Enjoy … and get inspired! Visit Roro Zhu
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tangible Development

  • Corporate culture has to go beyond your four walls

    Vera Dordick
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    An inclusive and effective corporate culture has to go beyond the four walls of your company for success in a global market. This and many other aspects of creating a more productive and collaborative work environment are the focus of the Capital Region’s next BOSS Resource Forum: Energizing Corporate Culture. We’re excited to be highlighting the critical role of cultural intelligence in today’s business setting at the forum this Wednesday, July 16. A diverse and experienced list of Capital Region business leaders will be speaking about tackling big issues in fostering an…
  • We have a new certification!

    Vera Dordick
    28 May 2014 | 8:20 am
    We’re really excited about our latest news:  Tangible Development has now been certified to deliver cultural awareness training using the Cultural Orientations Approach (COA)! The COA is a leading suite of best practices tools and frameworks for understanding, managing and leveraging the phenomenon of multinational culture in human organizations and interactions. This culturally based, behaviorally driven assessment provides business executives and their teams with a framework to understand their individual behaviors. It centers on the Cultural Navigator a unique web platform that has…
  • Tampa proves cultural awareness is great for business

    Vera Dordick
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Tampa wooed Bollywood and the city’s economy won. Last weekend the Florida city hosted the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards and all its related events. It was an unqualified success for the city, predicted to have brought more than $11 million to the area economy. It was also the first time the awards were held in the United States. It’s all great but London, Singapore……and Tampa? As the Tampa Tribune said in an editorial, it was no accident. It all started with complaints from Indian constituents about a lack of cricket facilities at Hillsborough county parks. County…
  • Shifting demographics drive changes in your business

    Vera Dordick
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    As demographics change and your customer base becomes more global, you’ll need to make a cultural mind shift to capture those new multicultural clients.  A good example of how market changes can affect your day-to-day work is the property management industry. Every property manager knows that spending time and effort to retain residents is more cost effective than working to attract new ones: Each resident turnover is estimated to cost a property around $3,000. While much has been written about strategies for enticing residents to renew, little is said about the different challenges…
  • Remote team communication gets complicated

    Vera Dordick
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Remote teams face special challenges in communicating effectively. Make that a global remote team and cultural differences  complicate the matter even further. The more cultures included on the team, the more complex the interactions. In working with global teams, we’ve noticed that electronic communication becomes a default for many people. Sure, electronic communication is convenient, direct, efficient, and immediate. It’s also rife with opportunities for misunderstanding. Image courtesy of sixninepixels/FreeDigitalPhotos.net When you send or receive an email, you don’t have…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Farnam Street

  • Michel Foucault on the Panopticon Effect

    Shane Parrish
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Plan of the Panopticon In his study of the origins of the prison, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Michel Foucault explored the invention of the Panopticon, a way for a guard to see others without being seen himself. Bentham’s Panopticon is the architectural figure of this composition. We know the principle on which it was based: at the periphery, an annular building; at the centre, a tower; this tower is pierced with wide windows that open onto the inner side of the ring; the peripheric building is divided into cells, each of which extends the whole width of the building;…
  • Commonplace Books as a Source for Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

    Shane Parrish
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    “You know that I voluntarily communicated this method to you, as I have done to many others, to whom I believed it would not be unacceptable.” There is an old saying that the truest form of poverty is “when if you have occasion for any thing, you can’t use it, because you know not where it is laid.” The flood of information is nothing new. “In fact,” the Harvard historian Ann Blair writes in her book Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age, “many of our current ways of thinking about and handling information…
  • I Dare You To Watch This Entire Video

    Shane Parrish
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.” — David Foster Wallace Still Curious? Pair with The Impoverishment of Attention. —Brought to you by: CURIOSITY: A curiously unconventional ad agency that helps you stand out in today’s crowded world.
  • The Notebooks of Paul Klee

    Shane Parrish
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    “Ingres is said to have created an artistic order out of rest; I should like to create an order from feeling and, going still further, from motion.” Paul Klee was a painter who wrote extensively about color theory. His lectures, Writings on Form and Design Theory, taught at the German Bauhaus school of art in the 1920s, were published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks. They are considered as important to modern art as Leonardo da Vinci’s A Treatise on Painting was for the Renaissance. Giulio Carlo Argan, in the Preface to the first volume of Klee’s notebooks,…
  • Paul Graham: On Arguing With Idiots, Where Ideas Come From, and What Makes Good Programmers

    Shane Parrish
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. His 2004 anthology Hackers and Painters explores the world and the people who inhabit it. He calls the book an “intellectual wild west,” and I agree. *** Ideas When looking for where to find great ideas, we tend to end up in the combination space. Combining ideas from different disciplines creates new ideas. It’s repurposing something. Graham, however, expands on this view and offers another source of new ideas as repurposing overlooked ideas. Great work tends to grow out of ideas that others have overlooked, and no idea is…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Cultural Weekly

  • Piracy vs Indie Films: It Hurts More Than You Think

    Cultural Weekly
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    By Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of CreativeFuture, and Tim League, Founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema There’s no question that it’s an exciting time for the film and television industry. The almighty Internet has been a powerful, democratizing force in entertainment, leading to exponential increases in choices for audiences and greater potential for exposure for filmmakers. New online distribution services have provided audiences with unprecedented access to content where, when, and how we want it. In the U.S. alone, on more than 100 legal online distribution platforms,…
  • Woody Allen ‘En Pleine Forme’ — with Magic in the Moonlight

    Sophia Stein
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    The French Riviera, the roaring twenties, acerbic Colin Firth paired with positively ‘glistening-in-the-spotlight’ Emma Stone — ooo-la-la, what’s not to like?!  Everything in this briskly paced, ontological romantic comedy shines.  Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is as close to perfection as the director has ever come. Colin Firth plays world-renowned Chinese magician, Wei Ling Soo, the premiere illusionist of his time – who also happens to be an arrogant, militant skeptic and an atheist who rejects the possibility of an afterlife — i.e. Allen’s spiritual…
  • Boyhood – Linklater’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    Sophia Stein
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    I have now seen Richard Linklater’s film “Boyhood” twice – and twice is not enough.  It is pure magic.  I want to watch it again and again … not just for the flipbook magic of a kid morphing over time into a young adult, which is extraordinary.  But the for magic of scenes rendered with such complexity, texture, economy, and craft by writer-director Linklater.  For performances that are 100% authentic.  For the way this film so accurately captures, in my emotional memory of it, our recent collective history.  “Boyhood” is an achievement that takes my breath away. In 2002,…
  • The Surreal and Satirical World of Mr Thoms

    Tod Hardin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    As is the case with professional athletes, filmmakers, novelists, poets, musicians, or just about any group of people with a discipline of skill, you tend to build your list of favorites. They are those that you seek out. Those that you go the extra mile for in order to see first-hand – or at least see the work they produce. Mr Thoms at work in his Rome studio For me, with street artists, it’s all about the concept of being unique. So often I find that most of what I see looks the same, and the only thing that really discerns one stencil, mural, sticker or wheat paste from the other, is…
  • 4 Things Filmmakers and Tour de France Cyclists Have in Common

    Elliot Grove
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The 101st Tour de France is under way and a winner will be declared. British eyes are scoping this year’s Tour de France ever since Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour in 2012. Chris Froome is carrying the flag for Britain this year. More people watch the Tour de France than just about any other sporting event. It is also considered by professional athletes to be one of the most difficult sports that there is. So, what has this to do with filmmakers? More than you think. Alfred Hitchcock at Cannes, 1972 1. Filmmakers Need Great Equipment Everything…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FLIC Magazine

  • Crash’s Broken English at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery

    Raul Bernabe
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Until July 26 the Jonathan LeVine Gallery will host the exhibition Broken English, from the famed artist John Matos, more commonly known as Crash, a pioneering urban artist from New York with pieces in such prestigious cultural spaces as the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum, amongst others. Crash was one of the first urban artists to take the leap from trains to canvas, and as such his figure suggests the advancement of marginal art in the 80′s New Yorker scene. His work, which maintains the essence of street art, recollects the experiments of Pop-Art, the abstraction of…
  • Fuck you, pay me

    Luis Corzo
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The puzzle is making sense. I am making sense. Veni, vidi… Patience.
  • A guy with a camera isn’t a filmmaker.

    Rodri Gonzalez
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Technology is brilliant, without a question. It progresses faster and faster without us even noticing. A few years ago shooting a short film, taking good photos or simply making a holiday video was something limited to those few people who had enough money for such luxuries. The audiovisual world has always been fairly sectarian, an artistic universe accessible only to certain elites who could cover the high cost of cinema and television. Nowadays even the most bitter of us has a DSLR camera and a mobile phone which records in HD. It’s been called audiovisual democratisation.
  • Summer Princess

    Editorial Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSEP ALFARO www.josepalfaro.com PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: CONSU ESTRUCH STYLIST: NURIA CALAFORRA www.nuriacalaforra.com MAKE-UP & HAIR: KUKI GIMÉNEZ www.kukigimenez.com MODELS: CARLA B. and CINDY www.unobcn.com
  • Cocktail; our web background of July by Ana Sandonís.

    Editorial Team
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ana Sandonís is an artist from Madrid who graduated as a graphic designer at the art school Islas Filipinas of Madrid. Her passion for drawing and illustration comes from her family. An art director for over a decade, Ana has also been following a more personal path in illustration and painting for some years now, by participating in several collective exhibitions. She is currently overlooking the project “Moleskine Diaries”: a series of small drawings made with ballpoint pen and/or felt-tip pen on Moleskine diary paper, which are displayed at the art gallery and store Mad is Mad, in…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • Alan and Van Gogh on “Paint Like a Child”

    Lucy Chen
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Alan and Chloe in Darling Harbor, July 2014 I would have lost patience if it weren’t for the kids.  It took the waitress fifteen minutes to give us the menu, another fifteen to come to take our orders, and we had already waited past yet another two fifteen minutes for delivery of our lunch.  This place in Darling Harbor was super slow! “Come, mama.  Come!”  Alan called out to me from a few metres away, “This is FUN!  Watch me!” I turned my attention to the kids.  Alan and Chloe were having fun with the three-step stairs and the handrail.  They took turn…
  • Frida Standing in a Doorway

    Lucy Chen
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    FRIDA STANDING IN A DOORWAY oil on canvas paper, 20″x16″, framed, click to see more images Many fellow artists have told me how my portrait paintings reminded them of Frida Kahlo’s work.  And that was before I even knew about Frida.  My friend Chris Brogan surprised me by picking my Chloe as Bee (portrait of my 2-year-old) as very Frida.  So I set out to find out about this apparently very well-known and admired Mexican artist. I watched the movie.  I read a book.  I looked at her paintings, too.  And… Whoa! How can we not love and admire Frida? Many of us have…
  • Sixty Years of Painting

    Lucy Chen
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:55 pm
    my brushes and paints On my last visit to my local art supplies store, I met a 70-year-old couple.  They were getting their first set of brushes and paints for their first ever art class, taught by their 92-year-old neighbor. For the last twenty odd years since they moved into the area, they had no idea the lady next door was an artist, until they saw her story and art class featured in the current issue of the local newspaper.   And guess at what age their neighbor started painting? Seventy. Imagine how this had inspired our 70-year-old couple.  They were determined to start now, so in…
  • My First Landscape Painting – Painting Our Neighborhood

    Lucy Chen
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Neighborhood, oil on canvas paper, © Lucy Chen With the confidence and little experience I gained from my first “en plein air” experiment in my backyard, I ventured a little further and painted my neighbor from across the road. This small work is my first landscape painting.  It was a quick sketch done in about 3 hours.  A limited palette helped greatly when I needed to paint fast – less choices, quicker decisions. The colors I used were: Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue and Viridian. Although it was early winter here in Sydney, it was still…
  • Artist Interview: Bonnie Rose Bryan

    Lucy Chen
    29 May 2014 | 9:38 pm
    “October” 21 x 29.7 cm, coloured pencil and ink on paper, by Bonnie Rose Bryan Developing Your Personal Dictionary of Symbols Bonnie Rose Bryan is the most sparkling artist and human being I know.  She is also divine! I think it is because she has immersed herself in mythology, fairytale and folklore for such a long time, that she has absorbed some of the other-worldly and mystical energy (in a good and shiny way). She uses mythology and symbols in her works, and the results are not only beautiful pictures, but something that is rich in meaning and evokes a deep connection with…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Creativity Tech

  • YouTube Positions for Its ‘Pay to Play’ Move

    Gordon Platt
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Logo YouTube (Photo credit: Wikipedia) YouTube, so long the home of free video content and a major player in streaming music, may finally be setting up for subscriptions. Or at least a ‘pay to play’ portion of its enormously popular site, depending on your take. The news that YouTube’s parent company Google will ramp up its funding for high-production original content is one leading indicator. Another is the looming ad-free music service, which is expected at some point this year and has riled the creative community as a result of anticipated lower rates for independent…
  • An Ironic Twist: BitTorrent to Charge for Content

    Gordon Platt
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    BitTorrent, the purveyor of file sharing technology, announced that it is creating the opportunity for artists to charge for the download of “BitTorrent Bundles,” collections of music made available through the service. The creation of a so-called paywall is quite a change for BitTorrent, a service that is closely associated with piracy. BitTorrent provides the technology often used to share content illegally on the web, and in the past has been noticeably subdued in speaking out against piracy online. That is to say, BitTorrent made much of an effort to stop it. It may well be…
  • Break Links or Break Legs? Matthew Harrison on the Rough World of Piracy

    Gordon Platt
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Matthew Harrison (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Copyright Alliance’s podcast is always a source of great infotainment to those of us in the creative community, and this month’s interview with New York filmmaker Matthew Harrison is no exception.  “Restrictions are what often give birth to creativity,” says the director, writer and producer, who has been making films in and around New York City for the better part of four decades.  For Harrison, “it’s often about using money more effectively” when a tight budget starts to pinch, rather than wondering…
  • Singapore: The Canary in Piracy’s Coal Mine?

    Gordon Platt
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Singapore may well be the figurative canary in piracy’s figurative coal mine. It is a mixed metaphor, but in the same way that canaries once offered a look into the near future in coal mines (i.e. they would be killed by deadly gases before the gases affected the miners), Singapore may be offering a glimpse of what’s to come in the world of media piracy. Singapore today enacted an amendment to its Copyright Act that will make it possible for copyright holders to obtain blocking orders against pirate websites without first issuing takedown notices. The…
  • Soar or Sell Up: Songza Shows the Challenge for Indie Music Apps

    Gordon Platt
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Google Play and Apple App Store Logos combined (Photo credit: theglobalpanorama) Despite the seemingly endless obstacles to overcome in the streaming music field – established players, complex royalty and licensing arrangements, little opportunity to differentiate from competitors, the list goes on… – it hasn’t stopped a large number of apps and sites from trying their hand at attracting listeners, to varying degrees of success. One of the better success stories, Songza, was acquired by Google yesterday afternoon, which really embodies the challenge facing independent…
Log in