Life is all about relationships. With your parents, kids, spouse, significant other, boss, co-workers. And if you manage them well, hopefully you’ll keep “therapist” off the list. As an in-house creative, one of the most important relationships you’ll have is with your internal clients—your stakeholders. You know, those people down the hall, up a floor ...MORE
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"Most people work at keeping their job, rather than doing a good job. If you’re the former, you’re leading a meaningless life. If you’re the latter, keep up the good work." George Lois (born June 26, 1931) is an American art director, designer, author and one of the original “Mad Men”. A unique creative ...MORE
Last year I was asked to speak to the in-house creative team at the CIA in Washington, DC, and I arrived a day earlier to take in some sightseeing. I hadn’t been to the country’s capital in over 20 years. Although it was a very hot and sticky July afternoon, I hit the ground running ...MORE
My Dad was born on Valentine’s Day, and every year my Mom would make a huge cake shaped like a heart and lather it up with hot pink frosting. I guess when she married my Dad she figured a high-quality, heart-shaped pan would be a good investment. And 26 years after my Dad’s passing, that ...MORE
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and released as a single in 1971 has become a ubiquitous FM radio staple of the holiday season. The song was the final note from the 1969 campaign by Lennon and Ono to promote peace during the tumultuous and unpopular Vietnam War by ...MORE
I’m sitting here in our local Public Library because it's the only place in town that has lights, heat and WiFi. Our house is cold and dark as we’ve been left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake without any power or heat. So I’ve come here, along with half our New York Hudson Valley town seeking refuge ...MORE
"To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition." Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics and the most influential physicist of the 20th century.
On August 29, 1952, in Woodstock, New York, pianist David Tudor walked onto the stage, perched himself on the piano bench to premiere “4′33"”, a piece for solo piano by John Cage. He closed the keyboard lid and then sat in silence for the duration of the piece—only opening and closing the keyboard lid to ...MORE
I’m always searching for ways to scratch that itch, stretch my creativity—music, acting, performance, drawing—and over the years I’ve found that by developing my writing skills I’ve become a better designer. Think about it. As designers we distill a lot of information, organize it to provide clarity. Well, good writing does the same. And as ...MORE
Lunch with Sarah Smith, Creator of With-IN By Ed Roberts Sarah Smith is one young woman with a great big idea to connect small corporate in-house teams (15 people or less) across the country through “With-IN,” a website she developed as the cornerstone of her thesis. Why should we have lunch with Sarah? Well, for ...MORE