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Talking with Guitarist Songwriter – Will McFarlane Part II

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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Talking with Guitarist Songwriter – Will McFarlane Part II

While interviewing Will McFarlane for this video, I was reminded how critically important it is to avoid getting caught up in the nuance of our creative fields. "Music can be math without feel or tone" is one of my take away quotes in part II. Extending that, any field can be dry when devoid of feel or tone".

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Oxymoronic Creative Hodgepodge

Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Oxymoronic Creative Hodgepodge

Once hearing “creative process”, my thoughts adhere to all those linearly challenged creative geniuses who can barely stay on-task 30 minutes unless gripped by that enigmatic zone frequently termed flow. Followed by an internal chuckle, this thought streams with ease to my bullet-pointed corporate process experiences so often responsible for stifling originality. From there, I quickly drift to George Carlin’s famous oxymoron comedy bit, or Seinfeld’s original observation about the words “head” and “cheese”. Similarly, it’s not apparent that the words “creative” and “process” should ever be next to each other for any reason.

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Talking with Design Thinker: David Burney, Part I

Monday, November 30, 2009

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Talking with Design Thinker: David Burney, Part I

Many of us are heartbroken. We love artifacts of design: the photo, the logo, the brochure, the packaging. As uncomfortable as change feels, our economy has moved away from industry or information and into ideas. Design thinking has replaced designing artifacts as the focus of our creative industry. In part I of the interview for PermissionToSuck.com, NewKind.com CEO David Burney begins to explain how he thinks design is changing.

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Making a Human Connection – David Griffin

Monday, November 23, 2009

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Making a Human Connection – David Griffin

Your frozen mental picture is attached to a narrative. Dreams feel like movies but the meaningful moment is a photograph in your mind with an ascribed story. Precise and complete recall isn’t called video graphic memory now is it? Video Presentation by David Griffin, National Geographic Magazine Director of Photography with links to Photographers featured in the presentation.

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“We Are Strip Mining Our Childrens’ Minds”

Thursday, November 19, 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)

Thursday, November 5, 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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Can I Get a Witness?

Monday, October 26, 2009

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Can I Get a Witness?

Testimonials are equal exchanges: nothing is more powerful than familiarity with greatness when attempting to strengthen a network. When I ask you to like me, you feel the emotional risk immediately unless I have a network of allies sending a clear message that my greatness is authentic and tested.

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Create Intangible Satisfaction – Rory Sutherland

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Create Intangible Satisfaction – Rory Sutherland

In this video Sutherland reveals what I love about advertising. At its best, advertising adds value by altering our perception of the product. This may sound dirty but increasing your works intrinsic value would do wonders to your emotional health regardless of form, would it not? Adding intangible value can be just as satisfying as “real” value according to Rory Sutherland.

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The Permission to Suck Manifesto

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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The Permission to Suck Manifesto

Somewhere in your personal history a decision was made to forgo a “real job”; one your parents would understand. Artist, creative director, writer, musician, photographer, actor, fine artist or pick one – you got attention for a talent or liked doing it so much that there was just no room to commit significant time to a profession less flattering gratifying. You became one of them sensitive types whose ego is vulnerably bonded to their work. True objective distance is pointless but it’s best to have a survival strategy.

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Ben Wiggins – Beyond the “Cool” of time compression

Thursday, October 1, 2009

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Ben Wiggins – Beyond the “Cool” of time compression

I’ve seen time lapse before, who hasn’t? Maybe it’s a shaky seedling sprouting from the ground or a street scene with jittery people. Yet, there’s an emotion to Ben’s short films that I find unexpected. Not only is the still frame that captures the motion well considered but the motion itself has a power beyond the usual “cool” of time compression.

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