Creativity and the tools we use

I’ve visited the room where Dylan Thomas did much of his writing and also the tiny shed where Roald Dahl wrote. Something that struck me about these amazing writers, was how extremely typical their surroundings were. Nothing fancy. Just a space to create, where they could think and work. The mechanics are secondary Often, we […]

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Don’t think about making art

“Don’t think about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they’re deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

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Thinking differently?

Have you ever noticed how those creative geniuses you see on TED videos or Creative Mornings videos, almost all use Macs? Ironically, none of them are embracing Steve Jobs’ mantra, “think different.” Instead, they’ve joined the same predictable design cult. They stand on stage, eager to share how uniquely original they are, creating from the […]

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How to find the answers you need, Einstein style!

One of the keys to problem solving, is to learn how to stick with the challenge for long enough to find the answer you need. Einstein famously said: “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” I think we can all agree that Einstein was one of the greatest […]

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Video: Jonathan Ward the tech HQ man

Jonathan Ward, of international architects firm NBBJ, explains the thinking behind the designs used to construct HQ buildings for Google, Amazon, Samsung and others. In each instance,  the buildings are designed in order to facilitate real-world social networking and collaboration. It’s worth watching for the BBC interviewer’s question about the Amazon HQ, which Ward has […]

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Your obligation to those whose work you value

When was the last time you showed your appreciation, to an artist whose work you enjoy? The reason I ask you this, is that artists rely heavily on the feedback they receive. Whether that feedback is in sales of their work, tickets to their performance or messages of encouragement, feedback is what shows them who […]

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Creative People: Show this video to clients who rush you!

It’s extremely common for clients to try and rush creative professionals. They want projects finished fast… often too fast. This is usually because they are ignorant of how the creative process works. If only there was a way to explain to them, that creativity takes time. Well, now there is! The video above runs for […]

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Video: Andy Warhol eating a hamburger. Is it art?

So, here we have a 4 minute video of Andy Warhol eating a hamburger. Almost a million people have watched it. Is it art? Of course it is! It’s a wonderful piece, from an era before the Internet… before people took photos of their lunch and posted it to Instagram. It causes us to ask […]

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Video: A quick look at the design genius of Dieter Rams

A short, informed introduction to the work of design legend, Dieter Rams. It was recorded at a travelling exhibit, celebrating the work of Dieter Rams, during its stop at London’s Design Museum.

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A great little video about the Times New Roman font

A wonderful, short video about maybe the best known font of all… Times New Roman. A must watch, for all lovers of typography. h/t to SwissMiss.

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