For many years now I’ve been fascinated by the number 3 and how it seems to have an important and powerful place in our culture—at times even magical. Think about it—the Holy Trinity; Goldilocks and the 3 Bears; The 3 Little Pigs; 3 Little Kittens; Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod; 3 Men in a Tub; The ...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
Collaborating with a Card Shark: A Lesson in Art, Design and Process By Ed Roberts Late last year I began setting my professional development goals for 2013. Goals that I believed would help me personally grow as a designer and enhance my performance as an in-house manager. When working in-house, there typically isn’t much employee ...MORE
10 Creative Resolutions for the New Year By Shannon Stull Currus As I usher in this New Year with knowledge gained from 2012, and holiday cookies, it's got me reflecting. Here are some resolutions I think will help me create better work, reduce my stress, and make me more creatively fulfilled. I think these apply ...MORE
Have you ever had one of those days when you don’t have one original thought in your head? Well, when I get stuck, in a creative black hole that just keeps getting bigger and bigger, I often ask myself: What would Wilco do? Yes, I’m speaking about the original alt country rock band that has ...MORE
So I didn’t receive HO Trains for Christmas. Oh well. There’s always next year. Anyway, readers of my September “Back on the Bus” blog might recall I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, which have become somewhat of a clichéd ritual. Unlike those crisp and sharp September mornings that pull me back to ...MORE
In-House Creative Gift Guide By Shannon Stull Carrus Christmas is next week, and I know all the slackers are still wondering, “should I get my co-workers something?” While it may be cutting it a little close, and shipping delivery time may be a little iffy, it’s never too late to put in a last-minute order ...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.
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
“When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.” —Jacob Lawrence Jacob Lawrence (born 1917) is widely known as one of America’s premiere modern figurative painters. With the creation of his sixty-panel “Migration Series” at the age of 23, Lawrence gained national recognition, and he created a portfolio of work throughout ...MORE