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  • An exercise for rapidly evolving bad ideas

    Creative Something
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    I often have many bad ideas, at least 1,000 if not more, in a week. But that doesn’t prevent me from trying to have even more ideas. Often I hear feedback that my ideas are no good, that they’re not applicable, or are too flawed to be worthwhile even in the long run. If I were to take all of my bad ideas and put them into a book it would be considerably longer than David Foster Wallace’s behemoth, 1,079 page, Infinite Jest. We all face these moments of coming to terms with our bad ideas. Sometimes that means facing the criticism from outside–from friends, co-workers, or…
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: March 16 – 20

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    Valerie Urso
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    purchase This happens far too often. The C-Suite loses touch with the people on the ground, too busy hobnobbing with the fancy folk etc. And the thing you notice the most about the corporate bubble? How small it is. Not an expansive existence, nope. Not even a little bit. It happens to the best of us. Life is complicated. Thing is, once you recognize it, it’s fairly easy to fix. After all, bubbles can be popped… purchase Corporate Culture is a big deal here at Gapingvoid- it’s basically what we do for a living. So in 2013, when I came across this Harvard Business Review blog…
  • 07 – Succeeding at Multiple Creative Passions with Bob Baker [Podcast]

    Make Creativity Pay
    Leanne Regalla
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary Do you have so many interests that it’s hard to decide what to work on next? Do you struggle to get your work out consistently? In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, prolific writer/musician/artist/comedian Bob Baker talks about deciding between multiple passions,…
  • 7 Awesome Free Tools And Websites For Creatives

    Creatamin
    Wazir Rohiman
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:43 am
    As a Creative individual performing in the current Tech Age, relying on your brain power and physical prowess only will not be enough to help you push your Creative process further. It is important to have a set of tools that will assist you throughout your daily hustle to produce Creative work. This is where this list below comes in handy. It is a collection of 7 useful and free tools & websites for Creatives, that are essential to help you boost your productivity on your Creative journey.   #the50   1. #the50 Created by Jamie Wieck from Enso London, this website is what you need…
  • What If You Tried Really Hard?

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    Naomi Dunford
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    When I was in the process of quitting smoking, I was having a discussion with somebody and heard myself say this: “God, I’m just trying SO HARD, you know?” After making this (in hindsight quite self-pitying) statement, I had a thought. “Am I trying hard?” Like, I’m certainly thinking about it a lot. I’m guilting myself a considerable portion of the day. I’m embroiling myself in the drama a lot. Sure, I’m putting a significant amount of effort into talking about how difficult it is, self-flagellation, whining, reading endless articles on…
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    Brain Pickings

  • A Seizure of Happiness: Mary Oliver on Finding Magic in Life’s Unremarkable Moments

    Maria Popova
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:45 pm
    How to revel in the “sudden awareness of the citizenry of all things within one world.” Nearly a century before modern neuroscience presented the uncomfortable finding that mind-wandering is making us unhappy, Bertrand Russell contemplated the conquest of happiness and pointed to the immense value of “fruitful monotony” — a certain quality of presence with the ordinary rhythms of life. The diaries and letters of humanity’s greatest minds are strewn with such instances of finding happiness in simple everyday moments, but no one captures the humble grace of…
  • Why Consciousness Exists: Douglas Rushkoff on Science, God, and the Purpose of Reality

    Maria Popova
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    What to make of the fact “that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.” “If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,” Carl Sagan wrote in his magnificent meditation on science and spirituality, “we will have failed.” Some centuries earlier, Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, touched on the same idea in a beautiful letter to her neighbor; and some decades later, Alan Lightman, MIT’s first professor with dual appointments in science and…
  • Margaret Mead and James Baldwin on Identity, Race, the Immigrant Experience, and Why the “Melting Pot” Is a Problematic Metaphor

    Maria Popova
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    “You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you. If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble.” NOTE: This is the second installment in a multi-part series covering Mead and Baldwin’s historic conversation. You can read Part 1, focusing on forgiveness and the crucial difference between guilt and responsibility, here. The civil rights movement has been accused of excluding women from its campaign for “a brotherhood of man” and the feminist movement has been accused of excluding women of color. It is both fair and reasonable to…
  • Sense of Nonsense: Alan Watts on How We Find Meaning by Surrendering to Meaninglessness

    Maria Popova
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    “It is in this kind of meaninglessness that we come to the profoundest meaning.” In his early thirties, Alan Watts (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) walked away from a career as an Episcopal priest and set out to popularize Zen teachings in the West. His singular fusion of secular philosophy and Eastern spirituality guided, and continues to guide, the openhearted and openminded toward figuring out how to live with presence, make sense of reality, master the art of timing, and become who we really are. Between 1965 and 1972, Watts delivered a series of talks exploring…
  • Viva Frida: A Beautiful and Unusual Children’s Book Celebrating Frida Kahlo’s Story and Spirit

    Maria Popova
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    The story of creative culture’s most uncommon Alice in a luminous Wonderland of her own making. Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954) was a woman of vibrantly tenacious spirit who overcame an unfair share of adversity to become one of humanity’s most remarkable artists and a wholehearted human being out of whom poured passionate love letters and compassionate friend-letters. The polio she contracted as a child left her right leg underdeveloped — an imperfection she’d later come to disguise with her famous colorful skirts. As a teenager, having just…
 
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  • Real Success Starts with Real Expectations

    Tanner Christensen
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Research shows that your ability to persevere is directly correlated to your likelihood of success. Those who can hang in there when things get tough, studies show, are the ones who regularly succeed. It’s no wonder why this is the case: those who persevere are the only ones who come out on the other side, while everyone else has called it quits. One primary reason why many of us quit anything is simply because sometimes things are difficult — but only to a point. By definition, things that are difficult are things that can be overcome, understood, and dealt with. Part of our ability…
  • The Right Way to Disagree With Your Boss

    Allison Stadd
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Suck UK Disagreeing with your boss is awkward, but expressing that divergent viewpoint is important in your professional growth as well as the forward progress of your company. Social scientist Joseph Grenny shares with Harvard Business Review how to express disagreement with your superior without coming across as a jackass: Discuss intent before content. When the boss gets defensive, it’s… because she believes your dissent is a threat to her goals. Defenses are far less often provoked by actual content than they are by perceived intent. You can be far more candid about your view…
  • Assign People to the Tasks They Love (Not Just the Ones They’re Good At)

    Stephanie Kaptein
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Morgan Gaynin Inc. Professor of Business Psychology Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic knows that creativity can be further developed by pairing it with an activity that the individual is truly passionate about. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Chamorro-Premuzic explains: One of the most effective methods for enhancing creative performance is to increase individuals’ motivation, particularly intrinsic motivation (their task-related enjoyment, interest, and involvement). Ever since Teresa Amabile first emphasized this idea, meta-analytic studies have confirmed the intuitive idea that…
  • In Defense of the Meeting

    behanceteam
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    You are in a pointless meeting. You have been in this meeting for forever and three days, and it’s his fault. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. You resent that this is a waste of your time. You are indignant. “Why won’t he stop talking? We already went over this. This isn’t relevant. He’s pontificating.” You find yourself in this kind of meeting all the time and your attention is slipping away… I urge you: stop. Pay attention. Sit up straight and engage. Wallow in the pointlessness. Chew on this. Because you are watching the very worst version of yourself, and it’s something you…
  • Forget Goal Setting, Focus On Systems

    Allison Stadd
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Aaron von Freter You might be familiar with research that suggests setting goals and then laser-focusing on them can actually be detrimental to motivation and perseverance. The more fixated you are on your goal, the less you enjoy the actual experience of working towards that goal, thereby increasing your chance of failure. James Clear suggests a new approach to goal-setting. Namely, don’t set them. When it comes to making progress in areas that are important to you, craft a system that will help you get there in lieu of setting a goal: What’s the difference between goals and…
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  • An exercise for rapidly evolving bad ideas

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    I often have many bad ideas, at least 1,000 if not more, in a week. But that doesn’t prevent me from trying to have even more ideas. Often I hear feedback that my ideas are no good, that they’re not applicable, or are too flawed to be worthwhile even in the long run. If I were to take all of my bad ideas and put them into a book it would be considerably longer than David Foster Wallace’s behemoth, 1,079 page, Infinite Jest. We all face these moments of coming to terms with our bad ideas. Sometimes that means facing the criticism from outside–from friends, co-workers, or…
  • "While you can’t create instant serendipitous innovation…you can create conditions for it."

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    “While you can’t create instant serendipitous innovation…you can create conditions for it.” - IDEO designer Sina Mossayeb on The Secret to Big Ideas.
  • Being wrong is right for creativity

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” – James Joyce. Too often the fear of failure–of being wrong, of missing the mark, or of embarrassing ourselves–prevents us from uncovering creative ideas. Even when the likelihood of insight is high and the result of discovering that insight could be big for us. We “play it safe” as a result of fearing a negative outcome from our actions or explorations. This fear is natural, particularly in cultures like that of America where we’re taught from an early age to cherish “right” answers and avoid anything that might be…
  • Today’s creative tip of the day is about sharing your...

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    Today’s creative tip of the day is about sharing your ideas, especially when it feels uncomfortable. Author and designer Frank Chimero once wrote: “If ideas go anywhere it’s because other people carry them.” Your ideas can’t travel and evolve unless they’re shared. Whether that’s through talking with a friend, drawing a simple sketch, or presenting a rough version of the idea. It feels safe to keep ideas wrapped up or hidden, so nobody steals our good ones or laughs at our bad ones. But in reality we don’t know which of our ideas are really good and which are bad. We need to…
  • There’s no way around it: mastering creativity takes time

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    In his book “Mastery” George Leonard explains the psychology behind what it takes to mater any endeavor: persistent and deliberate practice. Leonard uncovers how mastery is something anyone can achieve in any area of focus, creative or otherwise. Whether you’re someone who dabbles with painting, or someone who wants to try her hand at producing a blockbuster movie, to do it, Leonard explains, what you need more than talent and intelligence is time and grit. That shouldn’t deter you. Our entire lives are filled with examples of our ability to master what we set our mind…
 
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    Psychology Today - Creativity

  • Three Reasons to Not (Always) Trust

    Nan S Russell
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The kind of trust that builds good work relationships has conditions, boundaries, and limits. But, do you know them? Do you understand when not to trust?
  • The 5 Weirdest Psychology Experiments

    Ronald E Riggio Ph.D.
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Over the years, psychologists have come up with some ingenious experiments in an effort to study human behavior. Here are some of the oddest psychological studies ever conducted.
  • Creativity and Mental Illness II: The Scream

    Albert Rothenberg
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    In a previous post, I showed Jackson Pollock's creation of abstract expressionism during a healthy period. Here, we see Edvard Munch's use of healthy creative processes to produce the famous lithograph "The Scream." Although both artists suffered from Bipolar Disorders, their creative work and thinking consisted of healthy mental processes.
  • The Quiet Advocate Behind Thriving Youth

    Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D.
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    All youth need supportive adult relationships beyond their parents—mentors who believe in them and their potential. Are you a mentor to young people? Learn how to foster their success.
  • When You Don't Have Time for Healthy Lifestyle Choices

    Joel L Young M.D.
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Now that spring has sprung, it's a good time to focus on becoming healthier. For many, this may sound like an overwhelming task. But creating small, reasonable goals is the best way to make lifestyle changes.
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: March 23 – 29

    Leah
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week, we've got a house full of sick kids! The monthly theme will be here soon! 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 2015 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 3/23/15 - 3/29/15.  The widget below is…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: March 16 – 22

    Leah
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week, we've got a house full of sick kids! The monthly theme will be here soon! 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 2015 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 3/16/15 - 3/22/15.  The widget below is…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: March 9 – 15

    Leah
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week, we've got a house full of sick kids! The monthly theme will be here soon! 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 2015 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 3/9/15 - 3/15/15.  The widget below is…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: March 2 – 8

    Leah
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    So sorry for the delay this week, we've got a house full of sick kids! The monthly theme will be here soon! 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 2015 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 3/2/15 - 3/8/15.  The widget below is…
  • Creative Every Day Theme for March 2015: Books

    Leah
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of March 2015 the theme will be Books. As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2015 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here. When time allows, I'll be posting about the theme to help keep you inspired. You can use the posts here for…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • 40 Years Later, I Set Out to Walk the Camino de Santiago: Nancy Liddle’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Nancy wasn’t sure she could complete an 850-kilometer walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But she did, and discovered something about age in the process. Here’s how it happened. Introduce yourself and your quest. My name is Nancy and last year I fulfilled my 40-year-old dream to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Being 56, relatively unfit, single, and never having walked more than 10 kilometers in my life was intimidating, but I did it. Was there a reason you delayed your quest for so long? A few reasons. For…
  • Non-Conformity and Adventure in Europe: The “Alive in Berlin” Conference

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Last year I spoke at a number of worldwide events, but only one was in Europe. The organizers are bringing it back for another round, and a limited number of tickets are now available. I like events of this size: not too small, and not too big. If you’re in the neighborhood, broadly speaking, or if you’re up for an overseas adventure, Alive in Berlin is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and learn more personal development. Oh, also: Berlin is an awesome city! I don’t think I’d ever spent much time there before (I’d been to Germany dozens of times, but…
  • “If you have to ‘give back,’ maybe you took too much in the first place.”

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    I heard someone say that recently. I don’t remember the context but I really liked the sentiment. This whole concept of “giving back”—it kind of implies a certain arrogance. It suggests that everything we’ve received comes from our own hard work, and that we are deserving of whatever wealth or status we hold. I don’t wish to overstate this critique or go on some sort of campaign against people who use those words. I’ve used them before too, and I think they’re in the biographical section for some of my books: “Chris Guillebeau blah blah blah also ‘gives back’ through…
  • Taking a Travel Break Mid-Career: On the Road with John Fiddler and Kathleen Egan

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself John and Kathleen opted to take a mid-career break and travel the world under three tenets: sightseeing, athletics (trail running, climbing, and long distance hiking), and volunteering. Introduce yourselves.  We’re two 40-somethings on a multi-year career break traveling the planet. Along with adventuring through the wild landscapes of the world to see the sights and cultures of the planet, we’re trying to give back to communities as we travel. From kayaking the length of the Baja peninsula, trail running around Europe,…
  • Fuel Dumping: A Little-Understood Trick to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Airfare

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    There’s a fun trick that can help you save hundreds of dollars on your next long flight—but it’s a little complicated and requires a bit of work. Bloggers get hate mail over sharing this tip (I’m not kidding), presumably because some people feel entitled to keep secrets to themselves. In my opinion, the only reason this loophole hasn’t been closed has nothing to do with its public knowledge but rather that it takes effort and attention to benefit from it. Basically, “fuel dumping” is a ticketing strategy to help you strip the fuel surcharges from certain international…
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  • Observations from SXSW 2015

    Valerie Urso
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    We just got back from a very intense and wonderful few days in Austin, where we attended SXSW Interactive. Here are my notes: SXSW Interactive is more “business” than “social” now. It used to feel like Spring Break a decade ago. But then we got older, we started going to bed earlier, we spend a lot more money – we have a professional focus that wasn’t there before. Don’t even try to fit everything in. No longer possible. Don’t for a second think that your little piece of cute, impromptu guerrilla marketing is going to move the needle. People are just way too…
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: March 16 – 20

    Valerie Urso
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    purchase This happens far too often. The C-Suite loses touch with the people on the ground, too busy hobnobbing with the fancy folk etc. And the thing you notice the most about the corporate bubble? How small it is. Not an expansive existence, nope. Not even a little bit. It happens to the best of us. Life is complicated. Thing is, once you recognize it, it’s fairly easy to fix. After all, bubbles can be popped… purchase Corporate Culture is a big deal here at Gapingvoid- it’s basically what we do for a living. So in 2013, when I came across this Harvard Business Review blog…
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: March 9 – 13

    Valerie Urso
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    add to cart “I think – the moment you stop helping others and start patting yourself on the back is the moment you’re actually back at the bottom of the food chain.  Even if the toilet paper is better than it was the first time.” One of my favorite responses to the question about leaders not ignoring problems, from David Cameron. Kinda turns the message of today’s cartoon on its head, in a good way. Another great response from Eric Barnhart put it all into perspective: “If you follow the Hero’s Journey, as outlined by Joseph Campbell, the last part of the…
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: March 2 – 6

    Valerie Urso
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
      inspire your office Two things about doing great work: 1. Just because you’re paying good money for it, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to get it. 2. It doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It need to be inspired by something, as the cartoon suggests.Great work is only done by inspired teams. And inspired teams are a privilege, not a right. Like Simon Sinek said, great works comes out of the “why” of it, not the “what” of it. Watch his TED talk if you don’t believe me. It’s great stuff. inspire your office This drawing is a little white square, symbolizing a raft of…
  • This Week at Gapingvoid: 2/23 – 2/27

    Valerie Urso
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
      purchase me “Why don’t we build a network that connects every single member of the human race and merges their collective knowledge?” Even Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn might have looked at you a little funny for the suggestion. Yet here the internet is, in all its cat-laden glory. If we had to predict in detail everything we wanted to accomplish, we’d fail miserably. Thank God for that. purchase me I wish there was a way to print this cartoon on every college diploma. We spend so much time worrying about the future. If we’re getting the status, money, respect,…
 
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  • What If You Tried Really Hard?

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    When I was in the process of quitting smoking, I was having a discussion with somebody and heard myself say this: “God, I’m just trying SO HARD, you know?” After making this (in hindsight quite self-pitying) statement, I had a thought. “Am I trying hard?” Like, I’m certainly thinking about it a lot. I’m guilting myself a considerable portion of the day. I’m embroiling myself in the drama a lot. Sure, I’m putting a significant amount of effort into talking about how difficult it is, self-flagellation, whining, reading endless articles on…
  • Last Day! Class starts today, registration closes tonight!

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today is the very last day to register for our 3-pack of classes that teach you how to get more people buying from you in 2015. http://ittybiz.com/lastchance This class is self-paced with live support (and email support), so when you register today you’ll be able to download your first class pack this evening and get rolling. For those new to the list, check out the link above to see what we’re going to teach you about: How to get more people buying from your content How to get more people buying from your website How to get more people buying from your list I’m sure…
  • One day left to register for class! (plus a Q&A that you should read)

    Naomi Dunford
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today we’re sending you one last example of the kinds of answers we give students in our classes so you can get a sense of what to expect if you’re jumping in with us for The Failproof Bundle. For those new to IttyBiz, these three classes teach you how to get more people buying from you by fixing simple but important things about your content, your website and your list. All the class details are here: Click here to see what’s in the class lineup! Over 2,000 people have this class already, and many alumni from previous sessions have joined in for another round because of…
  • The answer to about 43 questions that came in this weekend

    Naomi Dunford
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    My mother always says if one person asks a question, 10,000 people wanted to know but didn’t ask. Since Friday, no less than 43 people asked some version of the two questions below. At some point even I have to do the math and say “I should probably send these answers to everyone.” So if my mother is right – and God help me for saying this, because she’s on this list – about 430,000 people want the answers to these questions. (The joke’s on you, Mom! I don’t even have 430,000 people on my list. So there.) Anyway! I’m sure that if…
  • The answer to “I’m confused! How should I price my products?”

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today we’re sending you another example of the kinds of answers we give people in our live classes to help you see what kinds of answers we can give to *your* unique and potentially complicated questions. (Basically, we know that if a stock answer was good enough for your question, you’d already be set. But you’re not set. We can help.) For those new to IttyBiz, this is all part of our re-launch of the three classes in The Failproof Bundle that teach you how to get more people buying already through simple changes to your content, website and list. The class details are…
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  • Germanwings Flight 9525

    Richard Fernandez
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    By now nearly everyone knows that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally flew Germanwings Flight 9525 into the Alps, killing nearly 150 innocent people. Lubitz turned the features intended to turn the flight deck into a fortress to create a space in which he could commit his crime undisturbed.  Authorities have now mounted a massive effort to find some motive or explanation for his actions.  They may succeed in unearthing a publicly acceptable motive or nothing, for the blackest of boxes is not the flight data recorder but the innermost citadel of consciousness. Sometimes people do things…
  • The Battle For Saudi Arabia Begins

    Richard Fernandez
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Yemen’s US backed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled Yemen ahead of an advancing column of Houthi rebels as the Kingdom moved up major military units to its southern border. The New York Times reports: SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s foreign minister has called for an “immediate” Arab military intervention against advancing Shiite rebels. Riad Yassin told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite news network on Wednesday that Yemen had asked Arab countries — especially oil-rich Gulf Sunni countries — to send air and naval forces to counter Shiite rebels known as Houthis.
  • William Cruz

    Richard Fernandez
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Michael Van Der Galien has tried to understand why the Ted Cruz presidential candidacy announcement has set social media on its ear and advances a tentative theory. “But why are leftists’ heads exploding as well? I’ve got no doubt I know the answer: they fear him. Tremendously even. He is everything they oppose: a true, small-government conservative.” If that were all Cruz were guilty of it wouldn’t be half bad.  It’s far worse.   His “Imagine” speech seemed calculated to ridicule every Leftist shibboleth with predictable effect.  The Left lost no…
  • Round Two

    Richard Fernandez
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    A kind of tipping point may have been reached in recent weeks.  Eric Schmitt of the New York Times reports that with the loss of Yemen, America has been deprived of one of its main bulwarks against Islamist forces. “The evacuation of 125 United States Special Operations advisers from Yemen in the past two days is the latest blow to the Obama administration’s counterterrorism campaign, which is already struggling with significant setbacks in Syria, Libya and elsewhere in the volatile region, American officials said Sunday.” The loss of Yemen as a base for American…
  • Losing Yemen

    Richard Fernandez
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    The last US special forces have been withdrawn from Yemen without exciting much notice from the US press.  Max Boot tweets: “All US SOF evacuating Yemen. Huge win for AQAP, huge defeat for US. How many foreign policy disasters can we handle?” Reuters reports, “the United States has evacuated its remaining personnel, including about 100 special operations forces, from Yemen because of the deteriorating security situation there, U.S. officials said on Saturday.”  This means that the last vestiges of what the Obama administration only recently touted as their model…
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  • Love What You Do

    Paul
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:50 pm
    I received an email from a friend who works at Starbucks. In the auto-signature of her e-mail was this “Love What You Do” graphic. It is just one element hiring teams use to communicate enthusiasm for working at Starbucks. Potential candidates see this ‘badge’ in the emails from Starbucks as well as in other materials… Candidates begin to experience the passion partners (employees) have for the company and their work partly through this e-mail bumper sticker. Starbucks is one of those companies that has a thick culture. I’m sure you’ve heard this…
  • The Problem With Food Glamour Shots

    Paul
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    This is the worry of many a restaurant-chain marketer and operator (at least the ones that care). That the quality of appearance of actual prepared food won’t live up to the results of the stylized food shots used to advertise it. A website by Jeff Kay compares fast food restaurant advertising food shots with photos of the actual purchased food. Fast Food Photos vs. The Real Thing The most disappointing presentation is the ad vs. the real McDonald’s Sausage Breakfast Burrito… Ad Actual   Although Arby’s Beef ‘n Cheddar is pretty sad as well… Ad Actual…
  • Making Better Decisions Considering Time, Talent & Treasure

    Paul
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    Being more innovative requires making better decisions. A friend uses a filter called “Time, Talent, Treasure” to help her make important decisions. She learned this from a co-worker years ago and passed it along to me. And, now I pass it to you. When determining where she should focus effort she asks… Is this worth our Time, Talent, and Treasure? Below are suggested questions to ask about the project, plan, or idea… Time Is it worth the time investment? Are there better/more effective things we could be doing with our time? Does the effort provide a worthwhile return?
  • “Comp Yourself” in 2015

    Paul
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Happy New Year! It’s resolution season. How do you avoid the let-down of resolutions earnestly created in January that may not last until February? Instead of setting resolutions, I recommend a simple life philosophy that will stick. Comp Yourself. That’s it. That’s the entire philosophy. Did I do better this year than I did last year? For example, at work to measure my own comp performance, I would ask myself… Did I contribute more? Did I do a better job? Did I take on more projects? Did I add more value? Did I learn more? Did I get a promotion? Did I get a pay increase? Did I…
  • Getting Innovation Done, Being The Champion

    Paul
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Bringing to life programs and ideas that create innovation often requires persuasion. New ideas can be perceived as risky, dangerous, and create the “unknown.” Seth Godin, offers a recommendation to help get the lever pulled that helps to create the change you’re looking for. Below is what Seth shared: Goals, Strategy and Tactics for Change The Goal: Who are you trying to change? What observable actions will let you know you’ve succeeded? The Strategy: What are the emotions you can amplify, the connections you can make that will cause someone to do something…
 
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  • It's Not The Size of SXSW, It's How You Use It

    David Armano
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Before SXSW Interactive had even gotten a chance to take its first breath, media outlets like Mashable were already asking if it had jumped the Shark? The sentiment is understandable. After all these years, SXSW is still kind of enigma. Some call it a conference and others say its more of a festival. Some say this year's SXSW felt "somber" while others asserted that fresh break through technology such as MeerKat, reasserted its relevance as a place where new startups can get their footing and enchant early adopters in the process. Other's still question its value for marketers and agencies…
  • MeerKat Is The Next Big Thing. But For How Long?

    David Armano
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Live video streaming is nothing new. Many have tried it—and it's always sort of taken off, but never really went "mainstream". MeerKat might just change all of that. But how will we know? For starters, it's got a really good shot at stealing the show at SXSW next week—a venue that's been known to uncover the next big shiny object in social. It was after all, SXSW that put Twitter on the map, then subsequently Foursquare and more recently though with less impact, Vine.  But what exactly is MeerKat? Part Snapchat, part Twitter, and part video streaming app—MeerKat lets you effortlessly…
  • Ruling The "Aggregators" With Creative and Editorial Talent

    David Armano
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Once upon a time I was a Creative Director. Creative Directors typically come from one of two backgrounds—"art" or "copy". Having more of a visual design foundation, I started there—but also learned the techniques of "concepting" and getting to what's known in the marketing industry as "a big idea". Things were simpler back then... Big Ideas vs. Ruling The "Aggregators"Today, if you want your message and or communications to break through—you must understand how the "aggregators" work. What's an "aggregator"? Google, Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Text Apps, Snapchat, Flipboard... it's…
  • Five Things I Learned In Five Years

    David Armano
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    According to the US Department of labor—the average tenure at at job for 2014 is 4.6 years. In less than a month, I'll be celebrating five years at Edelman, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect in what can be learned in five years, not just on the job but in life as well. I'm a big believer that looking back can help you look forward, so here are are a few things I've learned over the past five years. Mentorship Comes In Many FormsThe traditional image of a mentor is someone who takes you under their wing, puts time aside for you, and imparts wisdom—often a more senior person…
  • Responsive Brand: Chevrolet's #Technologyandstuff

    David Armano
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Responsive Brand In A Real Time Business Environment In Edelman’s Brandshare study of 15,0000 people worldwide—we asked consumers to tell us which brand behaviours were most important to them. The number one most important behaviour indicated was a brand’s ability to respond quickly to concerns and complaints with 78% of consumers saying it’s important but only 17% feeling brands do this well. But we think a brand’s responsiveness goes beyond replying to people’s concerns and also extends into all forms of communication and engagement in a real time context.  Recently,…
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    Creativity at Work Blog

  • Creativity Coaching

    Linda Naiman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Creativity Coaching Companies that embrace creativity outperform peers and competitors on key business performance indicators, including revenue growth, market share and talent acquisition, according to a recent study [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creative Anarchy: Book Review

    Linda Naiman
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Creative Anarchy: Book Review Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design for Creative Success When I was a designer of marketing communications in a former life, [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Disciplines of a Learner

    Linda Naiman
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    10 Disciplines of a Learner Teachers at a middle school in the USA created this list of observable behaviours to help assess the growth of learners and improve the way they [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creativity Drives Business Results

    Linda Naiman
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Creativity Drives Business Results What better way to boost business performance in the New Year, than to kickstart your creativity. If you are reading my blog, then chances are you [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How do you find the next big thing?

    Linda Naiman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    How do you find the next big thing? Every entrepreneur with startup dreams, seems to ask, “How do you find the next big thing?” but is it the right question? Biz Stone, co-founder [...] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Mourning the Untimely Death of Gigaom

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Since mid-2013, the website Gigaom has been one of my primary “go-to” sources for technology news and trends. The only other technology website I’ve visited directly, on a regular basis, is Ars Technica. Both Gigaom and Ars Technica are among the 118 technology blog feeds I’m subscribed to and check periodically via a feed reader.  About a week ago, however, Gigaom’s board of directors decided to fire all the staff because of financial difficulties. Gigaom’s former writer, Mathew Ingram (@mathewi), wrote a good post on Medium (“Gigaom is dead.
  • iPhone Charging Mystery Solved: Pocket Lint Was The Culprit

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    For the past couple months, my son has had problems charging his iPhone5. The cable wouldn’t consistently make contact, so sometimes the phone would fully charge overnight, and sometimes it wouldn’t. He had to adjust the lightning adapter plug “just right” so it would charge, and we weren’t sure if this was something that could be repaired or if we’d need to actually buy him another phone. Today we FINALLY took his iPhone in to our local Apple Store, and learned the reason for his battery charging woes: A sizable collection of pocket lint compacted into a…
  • Workflow: Moderate Student Email-Posted Videos to YouTube

    Wesley Fryer
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Today was nothing short of a revelation in our elementary STEM classroom. Twelve of my 300+ fourth and fifth graders published videos directly to our classroom YouTube channel from their iPads during school hours, which is an all-time record. Most of these were very short, and all were created in our classroom Maker Studio. Some were Lego Stopmotion videos, some were Rube Goldberg projects, and others were Green Screen videos. All were published via email from our classroom iPad cart, and I owe a huge debt of thanks to master videographer and teacher Jim Sill (@mistersill). I’ve had the…
  • CoWorking Spaces in Oklahoma City (March 2015)

    Wesley Fryer
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I’m continuing to work with a wonderful group of authors in Oklahoma City who have organized a fantastic writer’s conference the past two years, “Write Well, Sell Well OKC.” (@writesellwell) The conference will be held again in OKC  October 23-24, 2015. We’re meeting this evening and discussing possibilities for locations to hold “Writer’s Intensive Workshops” in upcoming months, before the annual confrence. These are three co-working spaces in Okahoma City that we know about, which we might consider as locations to rent and use. The…
  • Podcast422: Snow Day Podcast – Student iPad Projects, Forum with Joy Hofmeister & Makerspace Dreams

    Wesley Fryer
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    This is a snow day radio show / podcast from March 4, 2015, with Shelly and Wesley Fryer. We discuss recent projects Shelly’s students have been doing in their 1:1 iPad 3rd and 4th grade classroom, some lessons learned from the “iPad Books and Videos” workshop we co-facilitated last week with elementary teachers, last night’s Education Forum with Joy Hofmeister, and our dreams for creating Makerspaces in our classrooms. We recorded this as a “1 take” radio show on an iPad using the free app, Voice Recorder Pro, saved it as a video to the photo roll, and…
 
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  • three things you need to know when you want to trust the universe

    lindsey
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    You know those moments when you feel like you’re working really hard and nothing’s happening? Those moments where the thing–you know, the thing you’ve been calling for, and has been calling you–just isn’t happening? And you keep hearing that you just gotta trust the universe, trust that it will all turn out, that the money will come. You say to yourself: “I’ve been trusting. I’ve been trying to be patient, and letting go of the outcome, while at the same time holding my vision…” And still…crickets. Here’s 3 Things…
  • 5 things people who succeed know to be true

    lindsey
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Dreamers and Doers I talk with a lot of people who feel called. Not just dreamers, these are people who cannot imagine continuing on without listening to that something that is driving them and pulling them in another direction. Are you one of these people? Do you ever feel like the calling is too hard, or like giving up? You’re not alone. I’ve been there. The people I talk with have been there. And here are 5 Things that People Who Succeed Know to be True 1. Developmental psychology teaches that life keeps handing us the opportunity to grow as a human being. When we get pressed…
  • What to do When You Just Can’t Accept Yourself {guest post}

    lindsey
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Have you ever gotten caught up in believing that you just need to accept something about yourself or your experience that doesn’t feel right? Probably. Doesn’t everyone in the world of wellness and spirituality teach us to practice acceptance? Well, if you’ve struggled with practicing the art of acceptance, then this article is for you. If you’ve found yourself frustrated or sad or angry time after time when trying to arrive at a place of acceptance, you aren’t flawed. Sometimes the advice to “just accept the way things are” doesn’t cut it. Let…
  • how do I hold myself accountable?

    lindsey
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Accountability vs. Desire Keri was flummoxed. She couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t getting things done. “I’ve got these few things on my to-do list, and I just keep avoiding them. I need someone who’ll help me get things done.” And I said to her what I say to everyone who tells me that: “I don’t help you get things done. I help you figure out why the things on your to-do list aren’t lighting you up to the point where you can’t STOP yourself from doing them.” At the core of “Why am I not doing this?” is another…
  • not being busy does not mean you’re not worthy

    lindsey
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Dearest you; I’ve been thinking of you. And your desire to be of service in the world, to make a difference, and live outside the box. Do you ever feel like it’s not happening fast enough? Like you should have a more packed calendar? Or that because you’re not as busy as you think you should be you should do work for free just to fill the time? Can I share something with you? Busyness doesn’t equal worthyness. Your worthyness has nothing to do with how full your calendar is. Your worthyness has nothing to do with how much money you make. Your worthyness is independent…
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  • Should We Give Solar Power Another Try?

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    Cities in many countries suffer degradation of air quality. Oxygen levels are decreasing every year making it harder to breathe. Our water is actually much more polluted and trees are dying. The human race has made decisions that are harmful currently causing our planet to fade. Perhaps returning to the things we use at the beginning of the life of the human race is the best solution. Solar energy can be the answer to many current problems as the sun has always been a source of heat and light. Throughout the history of the earth, the sun’s energy has never been used as a source of…
  • Irresistible Reasons To Create Your Own Solar Power At Home

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    1. promotion of government: the federal government offers discounts for the use of clean energy. For example, wind turbines and solar energy systems installed at the end of 2016 are eligible for a tax credit of 30 percent. A tax credit is better than a tax deduction to take money directly from their taxes instead of leaving your taxable income. In other words, you can benefit from lower electricity bills and lower taxes. 2. Increase the value of the house: There have been several studies showing that selling prices are higher for households with solar certifications and durability that homes…
  • Solar Energy Alternative Methods

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    They tired of your electric bill go even higher? Is it possible to do something about it without breaking the bank? Well, if you’ve thought about going solar, but do not want to spend thousands, you’re in luck. There is no reason you have to feed all its solar house. Everything helps. Say you use a lot of energy every month. Whether it’s an old A / C and even water heater or combine this with a huge pool, energy costs add up quickly. Even outdoor lights low power increase your electricity bill. To begin to fall, as the use of solar outside lights? They are charged during the…
  • How You Can Avoid Solar Energy Pitfalls

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    While solar energy is a good alternative energy source, there might be some errors. Hopefully this article will help you avoid scammers, inflated prices and other problems associated with solar energy systems. The first thing to do is do your research. Prices can vary greatly between systems. Although it seems that many manufacturers offer systems that contain most of the same parts, the price and quality will be different. You may be tempted to go the cheap route, but end up paying for repeated repairs or even a replacement system. Here’s the difference between a system of…
  • Environmental Benefits of Using Solar Power

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Electricity is known to be the best invention of all time. With electricity, people have good lighting at night with the use of light bulbs. Electricity is the main source of almost all devices used in homes and institutions to work. And electricity enables companies to operate with the use of machines. With the help of electricity, people can get the best features that can improve their lives and their future. Unfortunately, many places around the powerlessness of the world experience due to decreased energy sources such as gas, trees, water and coal. Therefore, it is essential to seek…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • TBWA gearing up for rise of Africa’s creatively led ad industry

    SA Creatives
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    TBWA Africa is putting further energy behind one of its key organisational goals – getting future-ready in time for the imminent emergence of Africa’s new, creatively led advertising industry. The Africa network of the global TBWA advertising group expects big marketplace changes and intends to be ahead of the game when the breakthrough comes, says Johannesburg-based Africa director Graham Cruikshanks. “In many sub-Saharan markets, advertising creativity is not always seen as the key to driving competitive advantage,” says Cruikshanks. “But when operational factors no longer deliver…
  • Applications open for the 2015 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop

    SA Creatives
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop. The Market Photo Workshop in partnership with The Tierney Family Foundation realise the importance of creating opportunities for photographers to cultivate the development of photographers and photography as a medium. The Tierney Fellowship creates an ideal space for a photographer to develop such a body of work. The Fellowship will provide the successful applicant with the financial support necessary to research and produce a body of photography work, in consultation with a mentor, over the…
  • Hellocomputer Turns 10

    SA Creatives
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:25 am
    Ten years ago, a start-up called Hellocomputer was created. The belief was simple: digital would become an indispensable part of consumer’s lifestyles. Over the subsequent decade, Hellocomputer has been driven by its passion to change the way consumers interact with brands online. It has also consistently defined itself through performance orientated creativity and has racked up an impressive tally of advertising and digital awards including 46 Loeries, 35 Bookmarks, eight FWAs (Favourite Website Awards – www.fwa.com) and was shortlisted at the Cannes Festival of Creativity in 2014.
  • Slick office space available for creatives

    SA Creatives
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    Are you looking for the convenience of an office in Cape Town without the strain of setting one up? Does the idea of organising office space make your brain hurt, but the notion of cool dedicated work space which clients would take seriously pique your interest? Then this is the perfect opportunity for YOU!
  • CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa

    SA Creatives
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, in collaboration with the Market Photo Workshop, offers two training courses and a curriculum development meeting on photography training in Johannesburg as part of the project “Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa (CLPA)” Dates: Training of Trainers of Photography / for beginners / 25 – 29 May 2015 in Johannesburg Curriculum Development Meeting – training photography / for advanced trainers & educators / 01 – 02 June 2015 in Johannesburg Who can apply? Participants from all over the continent with English language…
 
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    The Creative Mind

  • The Artist As Outsider

    Douglas Eby
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Being a misfit or outsider can be distressing or downright painful, especially as a teen, but many artists say it is part of their experience, and even something that helps develop their creativity. Writer Anne Rice talks about being “a bad student, I daydreamed in class, wrote stories in my notebooks. I learned the basics, but most of my active intellectual life was outside of school. It was acutely painful because [my sister and I] felt different, like misfits. Our individuality was almost irrepressible, but I wanted to fit in.” [Book Magazine interview Sept/Oct 2000.] [Photo…
  • Sex and Energy and Creativity

    Douglas Eby
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:05 pm
    “If I was in denial about my sexuality, I’d be in denial about aspects of my work, which deals with personal revelations.” Artist Tracey Emin “Sexuality is the greatest gift we’ve been given. Its energy is the basis of creativity, love, ambition, desire, life. Sexuality has gotten all these bad raps because it’s so powerful.” Writer Eve Ensler That is a quote from the book “Positive Energy” by psychiatrist and empath Judith Orloff MD, who writes: “If you want to surrender to creativity, surrender to creation.” Many writers and artists note the…
  • Michael Gelb on How To Be More Creative

    Douglas Eby
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    In his writings and presentations about being creative, Michael Gelb addresses many topics, including being sensitive and creative: “Every sound and every silence provides an opportunity to deepen auditory attunement; but city sounds can be overwhelming and cause us to dull our sensitivity. “Surrounded by noises from televisions, airplanes, subways and automobiles, most of us ‘tune out’ for self-protection.” One of the leaders of creative thought and expression he often refers to is Leonardo da Vinci: “Leonardo lamented that most people ‘touch without…
  • Is Worry Part of Your Creative Life?

    Douglas Eby
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Probably most of us experience worry, stress and various kinds of anxiety to some extent, but creative people may be especially vulnerable to these mood and health challenges. As psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel notes, “Life produces stress, the artistic personality produces additional stress, creating produces even more stress, and living the artist’s life is the topper!” But, he suggests, “We can normalize or even reframe many demands as opportunities, and when we do, the associated stress vanishes. If you are holding it as lovely to make three calls today…
  • Todd Kashdan on Our Dark Side and Creativity

    Douglas Eby
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:15 pm
    “When we are happy, we are very superficial in our thinking.” A clinical psychologist, professor and well-being researcher, Todd Kashdan addresses how happiness and “unwanted” emotions affect creative thinking and overall well-being in his book “The Upside of Your Dark Side” – an admittedly ‘provocative’ title that may bring to mind Darth Vader. What some may label “negative” emotions and ideas are what psychologist Carl Jung and others identify as part of the Shadow Self, which may in varying degrees be shut away from our…
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    Cruzine

  • Digital Portraits by Victor Peña

    Paul Viluda
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    Victor Peña is a young 18-year-old digital artist based in Santiago, Chile, specializing in portrait illustrations. Below, you may scroll through some artworks I liked the most. Enjoy! Read More
  • Traditional Illustrations by Gaia Alari

    Paul Viluda
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Gaia Alari, also known as Marie-Esther, is an entirely self-taught artist from Milan, Italy. Inspired by many artists, such as the old italian classics but also the most contemporary ones, she has always shown a strong wish to find a style and identifiability of her own. Curious and creative, she focuses on depicting ethereal and overlapping images, in order to visually represent the intricacy of human nature, psyche and emotions. Her works have been often described as exquisitly surrealistic, oniric, touching and intense. Read More
  • Amazing Illustrations by Wylie Beckert

    Paul Viluda
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Wylie Beckert is a freelance illustrator living in northern Maine with a dog, a cat, and a scientist. Her art is a combination of digital and traditional media, and is defined by its darkness, whimsy, and emphasis on characters and storytelling. Enjoy! Read More
  • Self Portraits by Anna Jordan

    Paul Viluda
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Anna Jordan is an artist / photographer based in Manchester, United Kingdom specializing in self portraits. Self Portraiture has become her method to process overwhelming and negative emotions. Below, you may scroll through some of her artworks. Enjoy! Read More
  • Photo Manipulations by Lana Tustich

    Paul Viluda
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Collection of inspiring dark photo manipulations by talented Lana Tustich. Enjoy! Read More
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    Farnam Street

  • A Few Lessons

    Shane Parrish
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Looking back on my first years out of school and the countless mistakes I made, I can’t help but feel that any success I’ve enjoyed is more through dumb luck than any particular brilliance on my part. Through Farnam Street, I detail my journey of self-discovery and learning. Basically, I explore two things in parallel: First is the enduring search for how we should live and what it means to live a good life. And second, more practically, I explore things we can learn and connect that better equip us to solve problems by thinking. While unqualified, I’m often asked to give…
  • Mental Models: The Mind’s Search Algorithm

    Shane Parrish
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Mental models are tools for the mind. In his talk: Academic Economics: Strengths and Weaknesses, after Considering Interdisciplinary Needs, at the University of California at Santa Barbara, in 2003, Charlie Munger honed in on why we like to specialize. The big general objection to economics was the one early described by Alfred North Whitehead when he spoke of the fatal unconnectedness of academic disciplines, wherein each professor didn’t even know of the models of the other disciplines, much less try to synthesize those disciplines with his own … The nature of this failure is that…
  • Bruce Lee: The Four Basic Philosophical Approaches

    Shane Parrish
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As found in Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, which provides unique insight into the mind of Bruce Lee through his private letters and writing. 1. Aboutism keeps out any emotional responses or other genuine involvement — as though we were things. In therapy, Aboutism is found in rationalization and intellectualization, and in the “interpretation” games where the therapist says “This is what your difficulties are about.” This approach is based on noninvolvement. 2. With Shouldism you grow up completely surrounded by what you should and should not do, and you spend much of…
  • 6 Books Bill Gates Recommended for TED 2015

    Shane Parrish
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Bill Gates, long an avid reader, attended the TED conference again this year and continued his tradition of recommending books to fellow attendees. 1. Business Adventures, by John Brooks Warren Buffett recommended this book to me back in 1991, and it’s still the best business book I’ve ever read. Even though Brooks wrote more than four decades ago, he offers sharp insights into timeless fundamentals of business, like the challenge of building a large organization, hiring people with the right skills, and listening to customers’ feedback. (Here’s a free download of one of my favorite…
  • The Books That Influenced Thomas Schelling

    Shane Parrish
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Found in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books: 113 Distinguished Harvard Professors Discuss the Books That Have Helped to Shape Their Thinking. Here is what Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling, who won the prize for “having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis,” that culminated in The Strategy of Conflict, had to say about which books influenced him and why. These books give readers a taste of the best in natural science, social science, classical and modern history and literary style. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin I have had…
 
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    Cultural Weekly

  • Life After Birth Explains the Latest Legislative Lunacy

    Carol Green
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Legislative dysfunction at its best. The post Life After Birth Explains the Latest Legislative Lunacy appeared first on Cultural Weekly.
  • Gary Metras: Two Poems

    Gary Metras
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Gary Metras is a native of western Massachusetts where he still lives. He is a retired educator, having taught middle school, high school, and college. His poems have appeared in such periodicals as Gray’s Sporting Journal, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Poetry, Poetry East. He is the editor and letterpress printer of Adastra Press, which specializes in handcrafted chapbooks of poetry. He is also a fly fishing enthusiast. His new book, Captive in the Here, is due from Cervena Barva Press in 2014. Interruptus Seven trout caught and released on November seven. Coincidence, not magic in a world no…
  • Self Realization

    Michael Blaney
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    Self realization. You’re getting fat. The post Self Realization appeared first on Cultural Weekly.
  • Pygmalion in Pasadena

    Sylvie Drake
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    No, it’s not My Fair Lady. Don’t look for the gorgeous scenes at the party or the races or those soaring Lerner & Loewe songs. This is George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion, with its soaring rhetoric, and it should be honored and respected for that. Most of us know the story of the scrappy cockney flower girl, Eliza, and the linguistics professor, Henry Higgins, who makes a bet that he can turn her into a lady — and does. It has a lot to tell us about women and their role in society and how they were perceived (and in too many ways still are). Even if we’ve evolved well beyond…
  • Helen Mirren Rules Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience

    David Sheward
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    The Audience, Peter Morgan’s play about Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers, begins with the ever-so-upper-crust Geoffrey Beevers acting as combination tour guide and Buckingham Palace major-domo of protocol. He explains the concept of the weekly meetings between the sovereign and the head of her government, and describes the royal room in which these confabs take place with loving attention paid to the furniture’s period and makers. As Bob Crowley’s elegant set rolls in, we transition into the first of many short vignettes depicting these historic encounters, with Helen Mirren…
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    i heart creation

  • Our Living Room – A Lively Art Gallery

    I'm the universe
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Here’s something that my kids and I had created over the summer. It was fun! It’s good to indulge in colors once in a while. Our living space has been transformed into a lively art gallery. Who doesn’t like to be surrounded by bold vibrant colors, who doesn’t want to capture the colorful essence of cheerful […]
  • Love, love, love…

    I'm the universe
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    To those who are attached, you love with constancy, you don’t need an occasion to love, it is evident in every moment everyday. To those who are unattached, the whole world is your oyster. I am one of those, who wear their heart on their sleeve, so I like that, a special day centered around […]
  • Color & enhance hand-drawn art using GIMP

    I'm the universe
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Physically drawing and painting by hand on paper is more enjoyable than drawing thru mouse and keyboard on monitor. I like to draw free-hand on paper and then further color/enhance thru GIMP. There are many benefits of doing this , first & foremost it doesn’t strain your eyes, second you can feel the invigorating colors by hand and third you feel like a true artist!  Here’s […]
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    I'm the universe
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:22 pm
    HD Wallpaper 1280 X 720 You are welcome to use the free wallpaper & the image above. A link back to our website www.iheartcreation.com is appreciated, but not mandatory. The images cannot be used for resale without the prior permission from it’s owner who can be reached at info@iheartcreation.com
  • Colors in harmony!

    I'm the universe
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    You are welcome to use the free picture above. A link back to our website www.iheartcreation.com is appreciated, but not mandatory. This picture cannot be used for resale without the prior permission of it’s photographer who can be reached at info@iheartcreation.com
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • How to Paint a Plein Air Still Life

    Lucy Chen
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    After a “serious” study of Vermeer’s painting, I wanted to get loose and simply have fun painting the brilliant colors from life. FRIENDS WELCOME (plein air) 18″x14″, oil on linen panel, by Lucy Chen So I set up my easel on the patio just outside my front door and painted the scene right there.  Nothing serious.  Not looking for a perfect picture.  Just pure fun! I hope you’d enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed painting and making the video for you. Want to Watch the Detailed Start-to-Finish Video? This small 18″x14″ plein air still life…
  • A Personal Story That Will Inspire You

    Lucy Chen
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Here is me telling you a personal story, one that will inspire you to answer your life’s calling and dare to dream BIG! I hope you’ll set away some time to watch it and don’t forget to leave me a comment on the video page. Click here to watch the video. Related posts: How to Paint Girl with a Pearl Earring The Difference Three Years Has Made to My Art How to Handle Pain and What to Do after a Breakdown
  • The Difference Three Years Has Made to My Art

    Lucy Chen
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    The Difference of Three Years Let me ask you some questions. Have you ever wanted to express yourself creatively and authentically on canvas, but don’t know how or where to begin? Is there an artist in you that wants to come out but lack the skills to speak up or the confidence to ask for acknowledgement? The Difference Three Years Can Make On the left is my first ever painting, trying desperately to copy a Modigiliani.  On the right one is another portrait painted three years later, a study of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. I’m not showing you this to…
  • How to Paint Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Lucy Chen
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Hey, I’m very close to finishing my long-awaited Oil Painting E-course! I have been working on this for months (or years if we count the time that get me to where I am now, ready to release my first e-course), but I am finally going to wrap it up.  I will be releasing it in early March. This course will be entirely focused on “How to Paint the Girl with A Pearl Earring” using Vermeer’s very own methods of oil painting.   It will include at least ninety minutes of video, divided into bite-sized ten-minute length each, PDF downloads, and more.  It is going to be a…
  • How Henri Matisse Has Influenced My Painting

    Lucy Chen
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    This Henri Matisse book by Taschen is super good value!  For twelve bucks, you get high quality prints of Matisse’ major works, and some good info to help you understand the artist’s life and art.  In this short video book review, not only will you get peak into pages of the book, but you’ll also see how it has impacted my own work in a very direct way.   Happy Creating! Related posts: Van Gogh’s Inner Struggles (Secrets of Van Gogh’s Personal Life Revealed) What I think about The Signature of All Things Why You Should Read “Leonardo’s Swan” Now
 
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    Creativity Tech

  • Let the Great Cable Unbundling Commence…

    Gordon Platt
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    It’s been on the horizon for several years, but cord-cutters could finally be celebrating 2015 as the year they  move all media consumption online. With recent video on-demand service announcements from Apple and HBO, DISH Network’s Sling TV, and this week Sony’s new Vue service, Add to these developments the rising popularity of existing streaming options like Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon’s Fire TV, and the tech-driven brave new world of television would appear to be here. View image | gettyimages.com   Of the various services and packages being unveiled, two…
  • SXSW Tech Has Swallowed Up Artists, Will It Eat Itself?

    Gordon Platt
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    As South by Southwest (SXSW) gets underway for another year, the irresistible nexus of creativity and technology provides a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the progression of each. Clearly technology plays a pivotal role in our daily lives, and continues to go from strength to strength financially, but how has that rise impacted creators, especially musicians? View image | gettyimages.com Way back when, SXSW was all about the music. Started in 1987 as a regional alternative to New York City’s New Music Seminar – and playing on the North by Northeast location (and…
  • Paying Artists with “Exposure” Only Devalues Music Further

    Gordon Platt
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Last week at a discussion regarding innovation in content distribution, held at the University of Colorado Law School Boulder, the panel of artists raised the devaluation of music as a common concern. Even those not directly involved in the industry – and who have to pay for the music they use in movies, TV, or other creative endeavors – confirmed that they see musicians as the most commercially undervalued artists of the digital era. As if to prove their point, at the same time one of the world’s most recognizable brands was doing its best to avoid paying for music that it…
  • Google Extends Its Arrogant Approach to the ISP Business

    Gordon Platt
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Google often shows a sweeping disdain for the law when it gets in the way of its plans, so seeing the search giant roll out a similar strategy to other business sectors is hardly a surprise. This time it involves the company’s play in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) space, where its Fiber service has broken new ground with web speeds but remains limited to test markets like Kansas City and Austin, Texas. Addressing an audience in Washington D.C. this week, Fiber’s VP of Access Services Milo Medin told attendees that cities would essentially be given a ‘my way or the…
  • New Spotify Feature Proves the Value of Song Lyrics

    Gordon Platt
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    A new Spotify feature allows users to display rolling lyrics under songs they play on the streaming service’s desktop application. Although this marks an end to the infinite fun of misheard lyrics, it does underscore the value of song lyrics and just how much listeners are drawn to the verbal element of music. It’s also a reminder that lyricists deserve greater recognition and respect for the words they set to songs. Jim Morrison’s handwritten original lyrics to 1971’s LA Woman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This isn’t a new phenomenon. Two years ago David Lowery…
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • 13 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work for Free (Even if Oprah Calls)

    Leanne Regalla
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard one of these familiar stories: “We’d love to have you as part of our event, but we don’t have a budget.” “You’ll be in the newspaper and our flier. It will be great exposure!” “Submit your work to our contest, we’ll feature the best entry at our upcoming event.” “We can’t pay you, but it’s for a great cause!” Whatever reason they give, the bottom line is the same: they want you to work for free. They expect you to be excited to see your name in print or on a marquee. They imagine that you’d love donating your time,…
  • 07 – Succeeding at Multiple Creative Passions with Bob Baker [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary Do you have so many interests that it’s hard to decide what to work on next? Do you struggle to get your work out consistently? In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, prolific writer/musician/artist/comedian Bob Baker talks about deciding between multiple passions,…
  • 06 – PR Basics for Creatives with Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    5 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary Ever wonder how creatives get publicity? Or – would you love to be your own PR person? In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, I talk to Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR publicity about how artists should approach PR. Learn what activities are a good use of your time and…
  • 11 Compelling Reasons Creatives Should Teach (And 7 Signs You Shouldn’t)

    Leanne Regalla
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    [Read to the end of today’s post to get details of a free half-hour coaching bonus ($99 value) that I’m offering to any of my readers who sign up for Danny Iny’s Course Builder’s Laboratory (aff.) before Thursday, January 29th, 2015.] Do you have so many paying customers that you’re turning people away? Are folks pounding down your door for your writing, art or design projects, stage production, or latest musical compositions? Are you wondering how you’ll ever work through your waiting list? Or are you still dreaming of that magical day? Let’s face it. It can take a while…
  • 05- How Creatives Succeed Without Industry Approval with Cartoonist, Author Hugh MacLeod [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary In this session of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, I talk to cartoonist and author Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid Art about seeking industry approval, balancing creativity while keeping a business focus, and the importance of having a mission. Besides being an extremely successful…
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    Creativity 101

  • What Does Creativity Mean to You – Neil Patel?

    shelli
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Neil Patel, entrepreneur, marketer and blogger; is co-founder of Crazy Egg, Kissmetrics and Quick Sprout. In 2009 Neil was named as one of the top influencers on the web by The Wall Street Journal. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil is based in Seattle. What does creativity mean to you? Creativity to me means thinking outside of the box. You don’t have to follow the norm and do things the way everyone else has done them. Being creative is a beautiful thing as…
  • What’s Your Why?

    shelli
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    When I work on a website, content or online branding project, my starting point is always to ask, why? To find out the essence of why the brand I am working on exists. This is the foundation for their brand message which then informs the design, the website and all their marketing material. I help them define and project the right message. Why? is emotive and taps into passion, which is the key to it being so powerful. Nothing moves mountains more than passion. ‘Me too’ and ‘vanilla’ brands are easily replicated and easily forgotten, but a brand based on passion…
  • Side Projects Save Your Soul

    shelli
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:06 am
    The worst client I ever had pushed me to the limits of sanity. I’m not proud to say that I did reach a point where I was avoiding their phone calls. A cheap client who wanted everything for nothing and project creep was out of control. I reached a point where I just wanted to get the job finished, get the guy out of my hair and write it off as a bad experience, but it felt like it would never end. I found the client so demanding, difficult to work with and the project so soul destroying that I stopped building sites for clients for a few years after that. I have been through several…
  • Eating Apples Is The Secret To Success

    shelli
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Agatha Christie preferred to work in a large Victorian bath whilst eating apples. Benjamin Franklin would work naked for an hour every morning. Dame Edith Sitwell would lie down in a coffin finding inspiration in the claustrophobic and restrictive space. Does this mean we should emulate the greats and lie naked in a coffin and eat apples? Are eating apples really the secret to what made Agatha so productive, creative and successful? Human beings by their nature are essentially lazy; seeking short-cuts, easy solutions and full instruction manuals. That’s why our facebook feeds are…
  • In-Depth Guide To Creating Personas & Why They Help Produce Better Content

    shelli
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    Jane Walker is 34 and lives in Manchester with her boyfriend of 5 years. They have a city centre apartment and one car. She works in a designer clothing store as a manager and loves the perks of discounted clothing. Her parents live an hour’s drive away and she sees them on average every two weeks. She has one sister who lives and works in London, but they are not very close. Jane works from 9.30am till 6pm and has to work every Saturday. She goes to the gym three evenings a week and meets her girlfriends for a drink every Friday night. Jane is internet savvy and uses email, facebook and…
 
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    Creativity For Life

  • Creative Problem Solving: The Dictionary Method (Video)

    Deborah
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Carrie Green of the Female Entrepreneur Association shares this fun, creative problem solving exercise to try next time you’re feeling stuck! According to Carrie, “This will hopefully help you to change your perspective and think outside of the box! It’s called The Dictionary Problem Solver and it’s easy and fun to do and it’s effective!” […] The post Creative Problem Solving: The Dictionary Method (Video) appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • Creative DIY Fashion – Toothbrush Bracelets (Tuesday Tutorial)

    Deborah
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Katrina Sherwood of Katrinaosity shows us how to make her favorite creative DIY throwback bracelets. It’s ridiculously easy! Follow Katrinaosity… On Etsy ♥ http://www.etsy.com/shop/katrinaosity On Facebook ♥ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katrinaosity/166748913427585 On Tumblr ♥ http://katrinaosity.tumblr.com/ On Twitter ♥ https://twitter.com/Katrinaosity On Pinterest ♥ http://pinterest.com/katrinaosity/ On Polyvore ♥ http://www.polyvore.com/katrinaosity/      Let’s Talk About This Video! Have you tried this […] The post Creative DIY Fashion –…
  • 6 Steps That Lead To A Fully Creative Life

    Deborah
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Cornelius, North Carolina has a zesty creative scene. Not because everyone is artsy, but because there are creative people there who serve the community. One business, Bella Love exists for that very reason, to serve Cornelius by creating a safe place for people express their passion, and a platform for the community to support them. […] The post 6 Steps That Lead To A Fully Creative Life appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • How To Create Marbled Easter Eggs! {Tuesday Tutorial}

    Deborah
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    In this video you’ll learn how to create “marbled” hard-boiled eggs for your special Easter dinner! Looking for something a little more elegant for your Easter eggs this year? Here are directions to create a marble effect on eggs. It’s an easy way to give your eggs more pizzazz this Easter from HooplaKidzRecipes. Click Here […] The post How To Create Marbled Easter Eggs! {Tuesday Tutorial} appeared first on Creativity For Life.
  • A Visionary Sees Light In The Dark

    Deborah
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    A Visionary Sees Light In The Dark.    The post A Visionary Sees Light In The Dark appeared first on Creativity For Life.
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    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader

  • Zutik: A Modular Storage and Display System

    Donald Rattner
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:43 pm
    This elegant design was created by French studio Alki. A wall mounted modular system, called Zutik, allows you to incorporate multiple storage and display items along a single wood ledger piece. Components include a mirror, several hooks, a ladder that doubles as a bookcase, and a variety of pin boards and shelves. You can easily reconfigure the elements to achieve the look and function you're after. A perfect idea for a small studio or entryway.   Via Shoebox Dwelling
  • Morning Rituals of the Creative Mind

    Donald Rattner
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    How we start the day has a huge impact on our work. Benjamin Franklin crafted his daily routine in an effort to accomplish good each day. Thomas Edison’s epic to-do list helped build his prolific inventions. Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Workresearched the productivity and work habits of our great artists, composers, philosophers, playwrights, scientists, writers, and poets. The daily work rituals—and in many instances—the morning routines he discovered, provide insight into how some of our great creative minds started their day. We recently spoke with…
  • A Cleverly Designed Broom That Stands On Its Own

    Donald Rattner
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    It’s an unforgettable sound. A slow scrape against the wall punctuated by a high-pitched clank. The broom didn’t stay balanced where you’d left it. Now you’ll have to pick it up and attempt to balance the broom again. It could stay put for six months. It could stay put for six seconds. No one knows. Poh Liang Hock is in the process of building a better solution that’s already won a Red Dot award for its concept. His idea is a self-standing broom. "My friends and I rented a house a few years ago. Like every other tenant, we had to clean our house from time to time. A broom, dustpan,…
  • Take a Hike to Boost Creativity (Really)

    Donald Rattner
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    This is a guest post by Laura Schwecherl via Greatist. The stereotype of the tortured worker who needs to "go for a walk" to get through his writer's block or come up with a new idea may be more than a stereotype. At least one new study suggests that hiking—specifically a good long walk outdoors—can do wonders for your creativity and boost your overall happiness with your work and your personal life. We've mentioned before that getting outdoors can improve your productivity, and a 2008 study in the journal Psychological Science that supported it. Now a brand new study from researchers…
  • Announcing a Contest for Young Architects

    Donald Rattner
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    To support the next generation of architects, Houzz (as in houzz.com, a huge home remodeling and furnishings site) and the AIA (as in American Institute of Architects) have just launched Future of Architecture, a residential design contest and showcase for emerging and newly minted architects and students.  I hope you'll encourage any emerging professionals or students you know or know through others to participate. All entrants will receive exposure to the 25-plus million people in the Houzz community, and there are great prizes for winners across several categories, including Social…
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    BrainDirector

  • How To Change Your Life In A Matter Of Hours

    khuram imtiaz
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Do you ever feel sad and bad about your life? May you you are not happy with your life because you are not where you always wanted to be. Everyone including me has an idea of destination. I know where i want to be and what i want to achieve in my life. Same goes for you. But do we always achieve all the things we desire? Nope. Can we? Yes! how? That is what we are going to talk about in this article. One thing i always believed in all my life is a firmly held belief that we should never be a quitter. The moment we quit is the very moment game over with all the hope dead. We mess up our life…
  • How To Improve Your Memory (Tips And Exercises)

    khuram imtiaz
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    I think everyone already knows that a good memory depends on your physical and mental health. There are certain brain training exercises you can perform to boost your brain power and to improve your memory. Whether you are a student, a professional or just an old man who wants to keep his brain sharp, these techniques work for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Memory improvement techniques not only bless you with a great memory but also make your a more creative person in general. These techniques also improve your thinking abilities and will power. You will be able to think way…
  • How Your Long Term Memory Works And How To Improve

    khuram imtiaz
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    This post is going to server as an introduction to long term memory and its types. It is going to be more theory and less practical. The goal is to help you understand the way your long term memory works. If you are looking for some practical tips on how to improve your memory, you are read any of the following . How To Remember Words And Numbers . How To Start Training Your Memory . Five Tips For Beginners To Learn Mnemonics Let’s now learn about the three types of memory so that it can help you improve your own memory. Episodic Memory We can say it is our memory for events and…
  • Important Notification For All Visitors

    khuram imtiaz
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    It has come to my attention that some members were violating the copyright material. With immediate effect, i have taken down all forums to put an end to this. There are going to be no more forums and you will not be allowed to register and account and start posting. Morever, all author accounts have been disabled. We are strictly against this and under no condition will ever allow piracy. From now on, i myself will be writing for Braindirector. For comments, feedback and suggestions, please get in touch with me via either admin AT baindirector.com or +923339990209 That is all for now.
  • How To Improve Your Memory And Prevent Your Brain From Aging

    Ali Khan
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    As is the case with almost any of our mini med school topics, you could spend years studying the subject. That’s no different when it comes to the brain—perhaps the most majestic and mystifying organ you have. It controls how you think, remember, love, feel, act, and everything else you do. (It’s your number one sex organ, too.) So there’s a lot to cover, and there’s a lot to think about when we talk about preventing aging of your brain. Certainly the biggest concern most people have revolves around memory—making sure that you keep your sharpness, your cognitive function, and…
 
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    Raymazing

  • Recap: Soulection + Cache Poolparty + Mondrian LA

    raymazing
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    What can I say? We came. We splashed. We danced. We had the time of our lives. An idea of a Soulection pool party was conceived a few months ago during a freezing-your-balls-off, New York winter night. Just the thought of some sun, bikinis, and good vibes was almost torture. My homie Eno and I lightly […]
  • Tasty Feature: Angie Leah

    raymazing
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Angie Leah shot by Tiffanie Lee In the early stages of my career, Tiffanie Lee helped me out a lot. She did everything from make-up, styling, assisting, and even 2nd camera work. After about two years of working together, I left San Jose to challenge myself in New York. Since I moved to the east […]
  • Mother Africa

    smlegacy21
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
      This work was inspired by my personal perception and understanding of the beauty of black women, the sound of music and the season of Fall. Through creating this I feel the oneness that exists between nature and the soul. My belief is that we only need to look hard enough to reach the inevitable […]
  • Be a successful teacher: acquire respect

    michaelbadrock
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Think back to your time in high school. Think back to a teacher you had that you genuinely respected and admired – that had an input into the person you are today. If you can remember more then 2-3 then you are a very lucky individual. Good teachers are as rare as gold and here’s […]
  • How Do You Connect?

    aimararod
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:48 pm
      “CONNECTIONS ARE ONE THING, BUT BEING ABLE TO BUILD ORGANIC, NATURAL RELATIONSHIPS THAT AREN’T FORCED, THAT’S WHERE REAL COLLABORATIONS COME FROM.” -ANITA HERRERA Connections. What comes to mind when you hear that? Connecting to things and people is an innate ability that is embedded in our our day to day culture, and that manifests […]
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    Creatamin

  • Interview On Creativity With Designer And Illustrator Dan Schlitzkus

    Wazir Rohiman
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Meet Danny Schlitzkus the founder of ShlitzART based in Seattle, USA, where he is also currently the Art Director and Senior Designer. Dan is a brilliant artist who has been in the Creative field for an admirably long period of time. He has worked with a variety of clients both small and big, including Microsoft and Copic. Danny is the recipient of numerous awards, which you can find out more about here. Dan shares with us his Creative Journey and what it took to become a Designer and Illustrator. He also gives us an insight into what it is like to thrive and grow in the Creative…
  • Conversation on Creativity with Ari Weinkle

    Wazir Rohiman
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Ari Weinkle is a talented Designer and Artist from Boston, USA, who recently featured on The Creators Project. He has a passion for generative art, he also specialises in experimental typography and conceptual design. In 2010, Ari won the Rhode Island School of Design Degree Award. He is also twice the recipient of the AIGA BoNE awards, both received in 2011 and 2013 respectively.   Ari’s inspiration comes from various sources. His work is inspired by Native American Iconography, Japanese Aesthetics, Semiotics, Metaphysics and Philosophy. Merging all his inspirations with…
  • 7 Awesome Free Tools And Websites For Creatives

    Wazir Rohiman
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:43 am
    As a Creative individual performing in the current Tech Age, relying on your brain power and physical prowess only will not be enough to help you push your Creative process further. It is important to have a set of tools that will assist you throughout your daily hustle to produce Creative work. This is where this list below comes in handy. It is a collection of 7 useful and free tools & websites for Creatives, that are essential to help you boost your productivity on your Creative journey.   #the50   1. #the50 Created by Jamie Wieck from Enso London, this website is what you need…
  • Conversation On Creativity With George Bordeanu

    Wazir Rohiman
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Georges Bordeanu is an incredible illustrator from Romania. He is currently a Lead Artist at Ubisoft Bucharest. But he also has an amazing collection of personal work that are exceptionally composed, ordered and illustrated. His mastery of the geometric form, color, contrast and simplicity make his artworks alluring. He shares with us his Creativity and his Creative process. Wazir Rohiman: When did you become aware of your Creative Potential? George Bordeanu: I could start from the beginning: I was born in 1983 in Bucharest, Romania. I went to the Art Highschool and then I graduated at the…
  • How To Be A Better Risk-Taker To Be More Creative

    Wazir Rohiman
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:21 pm
    In a past not so far away, risk-taking has always been associated to those who live life carelessly and frivolously. Then the creative and entrepreneurial spirit spread across the world like a wildfire. Entrepreneurs and creative individuals who thrive to bring change to this world were soon tagged as the new risk-takers. This incredible paradigm shift, where risk-taking went from cause of disaster to creativity’s driving force, is due to massive results achieved by creators, makers and innovators in multiple industries. Who doesn’t get inspired by stories of college drop-outs risking…
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