Posts tagged creativity

"And if you catch an idea that you love, that’s a beautiful, beautiful day."

- David Lynch

When you use drawing to express an idea instead of words or numbers, you engage a different part of the brain. To draw an idea accurately, certain decisions must be made that even the most precise language can overlook. The result of making that series of small decisions? You’re able to get to novel solutions more quickly.

Visual thinking isn’t limited to illustrations, either. It can take many forms…[to] help explore and describe ideas in valuable ways that require little more than a few straight lines and some imagination.

So, next time you reach an impasse, pull out a sketchpad or saddle up to a white board and quiet that inner voice that says you can’t draw. You may end up seeing your way through.

Stuck? Try Drawing Your Ideas

Tim Brown, CEO at IDEO talks through the process.

The One Thing You Need to Generate Great Ideas


send help.

Good Fucking Design Advice.

I, _________________, hereby swear to abandon all fear; to question everything; to trust in myself; to honor those before me as I excel, and to support those who follow as they ascend. I swear that I will never accept another’s standard for success, as I set mine one measure higher. When I am finished, no one will ever fucking look at _________________ the same way again.

If you’ve never experienced a discussion of metal’s sub-generic classifications, you might be surprised to learn how fragmented these sub-genres can be, which in turn can lead to wildly over-thought classification schemes (e.g., I recently argued with a friend for an hour about whether Poland’s Decapitated is “ultra-technical death metal” or simply “modern math metal”).

What’s more likely the case is that you just don’t care, which is precisely the point.

Subcultures of alienation thrive on being alien, at least in comparison with the larger population (even if they demonstrate a remarkable uniformity within their own tribe [think black concert T-shirts and long hair on men]).

At the center of all this tribalism is freedom from convention (well, those not imposed by the tribe, at least) and a constant opportunity for cathartic expression.

And these are the very roots of creativity.

O.K., and now to explain how it’s done. Well, it’s a little like trying to hit a bottle cap with a wire coat hanger.

Every day a songwriter rows out into the deep waters in search of his own personal Loch Ness monster. (Just a matter of time, we insist.)

Being a weary subscriber to the old inspiration-perspiration theory, I must say that minus the former, you’ll hit a sweaty dead end every time, yet without this purging of what I call “brain vomit,” you’ll never drain the 99 pieces of hooey before one of pure inspiration writes itself for you.

Paul Westerberg on incorrect grammar, song writing and digesting books.

Simple or Impossible -

10 minutes with Trott.

‘If you spend your time trying not to get fired you’ll slow down to the speed where you won’t get fired.’

Dave Trott is a legend.

His blog is one that I always find myself returning to.

Never fails to deliver a good mix of ideas, advice, and the feeling that you have not really done anything worthwhile - yet.

A considered, inspiring, weekly kick up the arse.

It treads that fine line between condescending and patronising, enclosed in the confidence of been there, done that.

He now has a new book out. I just ordered a copy. You should too.

An Ode to Creative Work.

A film about the opportunity, hardship and responsibility of creative work.


“It is the artist’s responsibility to balance mystical communication and the labour of creation.” Lessons for creatives from Patti Smith.

“Often stepping back you see more, don’t you?” Lessons for creatives from David Hockney.

“There is no ‘properly.’ There’s just how you feel about it.” Lessons for creatives from Keith Richards.

“Being self-conscious doesn’t help you at all when you’re alone and trying to create something new. It does nothing.” Lessons for creatives from Miranda July.

“It never occurred to me that I could be a showrunner and it never occurred to me that I could be a person who was on television.” Lessons for creatives from Lena Dunham.

“And what I did was turn that negative into a positive. I started embracing it like, “Yeah, I’m based.” I made it mine.” Lessons for creatives from the world’s best rappers.

A Map Of The Advertising World

But the real story, for me, revealed by this cartogram, is that Asia/Oceania is by far the most creative corner of the planet, on a per capita basis.

New Zealand nearly leads the world - at something other than rugby - coming second only to Sweden in Lions per capita.

Above NZ, Australia is punching considerably above its population, though it doesn’t match Singapore (just above Aus.) whose 5 million people won 15 Lions. Above Singapore is Hong Kong, another strong performer, with 8 Lions won by 7 million people.


The Creators Project Digital Gallery is a new home for artworks from various genres which are conceived and designed to be experienced primarily online. On an ongoing basis, they’ll be introducing new works that range from interactive web-based art and apps to games, music videos, and short films.

CP are kicking off the Digital Gallery with five works across mediums of film, music, and interactive websites, giving you an idea of the range of creativity you’ll see there from now on.

Go see.

A Version of events: Advertising is dying. Long live design. 

Advertising should become another part of the design resurgence: factual, demonstrative of design, pointing to deeper, online experiences, indicative of behaviours and reality. Sure there’ll be metaphor. Sure there’ll be bluster, probably for ever. But good advertising will be part of a bigger whole, an ecosystem of design that surrounds consumers and products.

I’d think of advertising now as Communication Design. To be done carefully, by considered professionals with a balanced view of the bigger marketing picture. Not at the heart of the ecosystem but in its margins.

Design, design, design. If your marketing company isn’t built around it then your days are running out. If you’re getting into our business now, look for the companies that have design at their core.

Design, creativity and technology.

David Lynch on Twitter, Partying & Being Free

(by noisey)

When almost any fact, no matter how obscure, can be dug up within seconds through Google and Wikipedia, there is less value attached to the “mere” storage and retrieval of knowledge.

What becomes important is how you use it – the internet age rewards creativity.

..a literary take on paint by numbers. 

..a literary take on paint by numbers. 

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