Archives For Creativity

Laser-zapped map chart art, from belowtheboat.com.

Laser-zapped map chart art, from belowtheboat.com.

See what happens when that the old school nautical map vibe gets together with talented laser woodwork supercrafters?

The folks at belowtheboat.com bust out really nice craftsmanship and detail that combines cartography, topography, information graphic-ography, Mr. Remke’s 11th grade Geography, and Great Lakes lunker hunter sweet spot-ography.

Great execution of these disparate -ographies help make a good idea become great.

Thanks Colossal.

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This video is a from a really cool site, Brain Pickings. (Creative pals, bookmark it.) Click here to read and watch a great John Cleese creativity curation that Maria put up today. He quips, “Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” Love it.

Man, Cleese could read a recipe and be fascinating, but this stuff is also valuable. His “let your mind rest against the creative subject” is great. Have space, time, time, confidence and humor. Be creative.

This post from Design Taxi crystallizes the argument against creativity in Hollywood. Granted, that’s not a hard argument to make. But its a shame. Hollywood should lead the way in creativity. But alas, with big money comes big fear and aversion to risk which is why it seems my wife and I sometimes spend more time searching for a movie than actually watching them. Some nights, it seems like they all suck.

The Design Taxi post is about the idea of a French film distributor named Christophe Courtois. He found reoccurring trends in the graphic design of Hollywood movie posters. Yellow backgrounds. Women in red dresses. Great big eyeballs. But then he did something really creative with his insight.

He made mosaics out of the repetitive, boring, same–same approaches that Hollywood studios seem to lean on again and again. He kicked Hollywoods butt at their own game: creativity. And uh, why is Tom Crusie always show in profile?

For a breath of creative fresh air, here are a couple awesome offerings from the great Saul Bass.

And here’s a nifty take on the top 20 movie posters of all time.

I’m an advertising guy who has a lot of music and writing and comedy performing time under the belt. In all those jobs, the people who were the best at them FELT like they were the best. The best musicians I’ve worked with FEEL like great musicians. The best ad people FEEL like great ad people.

It’s not always about the amount of time they put in, or how they study their craft. Certainly, talent and experience play a big part of being “the best.” But feeling it, feeling like you were made to do what you do, and feeling like you are great at what you do is an emotional thing.

So how do you feel? What’s your emotional commitment to your craft, your vocation, your calling? Do you feel like an engineer, or are you an ENGINEER? Teachers, how teachery do you feel?

I’ve been on the bad side of this. There was a stage in my ad career where I felt burnt. I certainly didn’t feel like the best. My art director partner called me on it, and said “Be an ad guy!” I’ve felt this in music, when i didn’t know a song inside and out, I really didn’t FEEL like a musician, and it hurts the performance.

It’s commitment. Confidence. And totally feeling like you were born to do what  you do.

Think about it while Peter Frampton asks if you feel like he feels.

Asking the right questions can help you solve business problems and enhance your creativity. Today, ponder exaggeration.