Category Archives: Creativity

Tiny Art Director

via tinyartdirector.blogspot.com A completely delightful blog: the Tiny Art Director is the artist’s somewhat demanding and temperamental young daughter. And yes, she is indistinguishable from many adult art directors. Posted via web from Spencer’s posterous

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A List Apart: Articles: In Defense of Eye Candy

via alistapart.com A great post on why attractive design is more useful, by UI consultant Stephen P. Anderson. Emotions are not just the waste heat of cognition, they’re essential to cognition. So attractive products are not just “more fun” to … Continue reading

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iPod iChing

“Silent Steps”, Nuspirit Helsinki “Boy Meets Goy”, Benny Goodman (featuring Charlie Christian) “Happy”, The Rolling Stones Hear the iMix.

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Strip Away The Production, Reveal The Great Song Within

I’ve been listening to Moments From This Theater: Live, a wonderful album by the great Memphis/Muscle Shoals songwriters Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. It’s just the two of them, accompanying themselves on acoustic guitar and electric piano, recorded at 1998 … Continue reading

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What Songs Mean

“How much of this was I thinking about when I wrote the song? None of it…. How much of it was I feeling when I wrote the song? All of it.” Bruce Springsteen after a long explanation of the meaning … Continue reading

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Focus: Simple But Hard

Complicated is easy. Simple is hard. But simple is much more valuable. We generate complication when we don’t know, or can’t face, what we’re really talking about. For example, look at the (gigantic) weight loss industry. Here is about all … Continue reading

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Routine Inspiration

Creativity is attentional, not intentional. It’s hard or impossible to intend to produce creative work and then have that just happen, because creative thought doesn’t seem to take place in the part of the mind that makes plans. Instead, it … Continue reading

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Inspiration, Creativity & Borrowing

NPR is doing a really interesting series called Intersections (you can listen online here): “The public often thinks of artistic inspiration arriving in a sort of thunderbolt moment of creativity. The truth is, almost nothing is created out of thin … Continue reading

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I Want Less And I’m Willing To Pay For It

Recently I wrote an article on Flow and musical instrument design, arguing that too many electronic musical instruments disrupt creative flow because their interfaces are poor and they emphasize features instead of user experience. It came out of work done … Continue reading

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Bungee Jumping With Technology

“When we try a new technology, the technology changes us. This pattern apparently goes back to the invention of agriculture, which led us to start living in cities (to store & trade crops), to invent writing (for tracking transactions) and… … Continue reading

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