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Food for Thought – James Geary’s Metaphor

25. February 2010

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Food for Thought – James Geary’s Metaphor

Visual metaphor is not only the staple of advertising but the backbone of all art. James Geary points out in his TED presentation (embedded) that metaphor is when we perceive X = Y. Though, in our struggle to understand visual abstractions, I believe we search for metaphor rather than analogy. We adore closure.

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VW ‘Punch Dub’ Ad is the Winner of the Super Bowl Spots

8. February 2010

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VW ‘Punch Dub’ Ad is the Winner of the Super Bowl Spots

Just in case you were wondering about my opinion, Volkswagen is the ad winner - for my money (not that it has anything to do with my money) - of the 2010 Superbowl spots and here's why.

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Is Your Best Work Ahead of You?

1. February 2010

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Is Your Best Work Ahead of You?

It’s important that we know our best work is yet to be produced. Our best is what is in us now, not what we – or others - admire about the past. Jazz Composer, Maria Schneider, has a story to illustrate this point.

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Crowds are Dull, Committees are Deadly, Creativity Needs Freedom

25. January 2010

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Crowds are Dull, Committees are Deadly, Creativity Needs Freedom

The committee is usually wrong; yet the crowd is commonly right and incredibly dull. If you’re part of the crowd you’ll be sourced and forgotten. Ji Lee and his bubble project is a good example of how it's done right.

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Creative Denial, Anger, Bargaining, & Acceptance

14. January 2010

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Creative Denial, Anger, Bargaining, & Acceptance

Lately, creative professionals are suffering the heartbreak of a fading uniqueness and coping with the pressure to add value in other ways. Clay Shirky gave his first TED talk in 2005. His institution v. collaboration presentation must have appeared abstract to more folks then than now, nevertheless, Clay’s talk hasn’t faded in value for those of us trying to recover our bearings in a once familiar profession.

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A Message for Crowdsourcing Fans from PermissionToSuck.com

21. December 2009

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A Message for Crowdsourcing Fans from PermissionToSuck.com

Creativity is principally the domain of an individual enhanced by great relationships, but just as a properly harnessed horse team can pull harder, the right creative team can produce more consistently powerful messages. That said, teamwork isn’t what crowdsourcing stimulates. Consequently, don’t expect a creative product superior to that which you’d get from a reputable individual or strong creative team. Fluffy the cat will probably fetch your morning paper more often.

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These Tools Are Insane

14. December 2009

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These Tools Are Insane

In the late 80’s the Apple Mac II taught us to set typography. Immediately anyone could set type. We didn’t hardly notice when the stat camera darkroom was reclaimed for storage, or when you’re local type house became a Mailbox Etc. or a Postal Instant Press (similar to Kinko’s). Creative destruction is no longer a concept but a lifestyle.

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“We Are Strip Mining Our Childrens’ Minds”

19. November 2009

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“We Are Strip Mining Our Childrens’ Minds”

Ask creative folks how their talent was revealed and you’ll probably hear a story of happenstance: my uncle gave me a camera, I got crayons for Christmas, my preschool teacher was a dancer or a likewise charming story of discovery. It seems as though the opportunity found them. The fit was good; Aptitude harmonizing with occasion led to passion. If only our Education System was interested in discovering talent.

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Vibrancy is in the Problem (not in a Solution)

5. November 2009

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Vibrancy is in the Problem (not in a Solution)

Vibrancy resides in the problem not the solution. Solutions are commodities. As well, we can find solutions waiting for problems, but how do we find problems? The tough creative challenge is defining the problem – finding the insight – inspiring the pen. Fact is, the solution may actually be in the problem once we find the discipline to define it. In this video from the idea centric website The 99%, Michael Bierut offers a peek at his design philosophy and examples of treated ailments. Regardless of the opening disclaimer about his creative nature, Bierut is a first-class problem finder.

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The Message Follows Motivation – Terry Richardson knows

29. October 2009

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The Message Follows Motivation – Terry Richardson knows

Terry Richardson reminds us that photography can be a very basic tool. By reducing it to a simple capture of emotions the authenticity is preserved, the blather is eliminated and it feels as personal as discovering photos on a friend’s Face Book page. Needless finesse of the craft is sacrificed to capture the raw motivation of the moment.

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