February 22, 2014

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Show the process

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I do these drawings. They are detailed. Whimsical. Obsessive. And, I like to think, beautiful. I get a mixed reaction when I put them out into the world, but I’m slowly building a following of fellow doodlers, obsessives, lovers of pattern and sketchbook fanatics.

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November 29, 2013

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Dear, Beastie Boys. Goldieblox is (not) sorry.

Goldieblox is a toy company for girls that “builds games for girls to inspire future engineers.” Great concept. Great message, right? Absolutely. Well, recently they produced a very creative commercial that used a “reinterpretation” of Beastie Boys, song, “Girls.” Only one problem. They didn’t get permission to use the song. They claim that it is a parody, therefore, completely fair use. I claim common sense and that it’s a blatant theft of creative material they did not create in order to sell their product.

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October 7, 2013

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Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff

present shock by douglas rushkoffI’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to live in the digital age. Partly because I can remember a life where it wasn’t so obvious that we were in it. My childhood was decidedly analog, but my formative years and adulthood were dominated by the personal computer. I was mostly a fully formed adult before the invasion of email and mobile technology into our daily lives. I still struggle to identify how how much technology is changing our social interactions and how we think.

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October 2, 2013

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It’s not the idea. It’s the execution

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I’ve worked in the creative industry and in a startup town my whole career. During that time, I’ve found myself confronted with a consistent misconception. It’s one I used to believe myself. It’s really easy to believe. Possibly because it feels like magic. It’s a myth. I’ve seen this myth in movies and books because it’s a dramatic tool used to tell a good story—they are signature moments.

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September 30, 2013

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How do you develop creative culture?

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Creative culture has become something of a buzzword over the last few years. In the business world, companies are starting to believe they need to have a creative culture in order to compete in the marketplace. This, of course, depends entirely on the business and the market, but overall I think it’s true.

In my experience, creative culture can’t be engineered. It can be fostered. It can be grown. But the roots have to be there. And the roots are the people.

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