Acknowledging that fixing is the unsung hero of creativity, Sugru created The Fixer’s Manifesto to encourage a culture of fixing. In the spirit of the manifesto, they are hosting the markdown and generated PDF files on Github where people are encouraged to fork, edit and submit pull requests.
Sugru is selling the letterpress version of The Fixer’s Manifesto that includes an eight pack of their moldable fixing compound.
Ray Douglas Bradbury
John Maeda, on the future and creativity
Alexander Stutterheim, post on Melancholy & Creativity
All five of these habits are easy to pick up but will squeeze out every bit of your effectiveness. The first negative habit really stands out, and I have to constantly remind myself to create more than I consume.
Consuming more than you create
Effective people tend to create a lot of content. Content can mean a lot of things - but the rule is always the same, create more than you consume. Ineffective people, on the other hand, spend the majority of their time consuming the fruits of others’ labor. They are consumate lurkers.
“When you have the good fortune to have success in your life that is precisely the time you should reinvent yourself. You should go right back to zero as though nothing had happened and start over. Because you can get real stale. You can fall in love with yourself or get to that danger point when you could ride on that success or try to repeat it.”
— Robert Redford
Wise words. I quickly threw together a desktop image with this quote as a reminder to create, reinvent, repeat. Feel free to download the desktop image at 2560x1440px.
Jocelyn K. Glei, The 99 Percent - Haruki Murakami: Talent Is Nothing Without Focus and Endurance
Blain Hogan, from his book Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process
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“The greatest thing we can do and offer is to be great listeners and have to have empathy for your culture to understand what is the truth.”
— John Jay, global executive creative director at W+K
One of the most important skills of a designer or creator is empathy. Without it you’ll fail to connect with users and clients in a meaningful way.
Fantastic article by Nextness on how to power through “those stretches of days and even weeks when your insights dry up, your voice fails you, you lose your artistic eye, your drive to work disappears”. I couldn’t agree more with their seventh way to dig yourself out of a rut.
7. Start a Tumblr.
Tumblelogs represent the early stirrings of late adolescent creativity, the melodrama formalized, put to music, friends found, band started, bingo. Thus there is always the sense of the achievable…the ever seductive notion that with enough hard work anything contained within it is attainable.
After a great vacation I’m fully refreshed and now ready to charge at full speed. Don’t neglect the renewing energy phase. As difficult as it is, the best thing you can do for your productivity, drive and creativity it to completely unplug.
The quote from Tony Schwartz was from a previous year’s 99% Conference. Don’t miss out on the 2012 99% Conference since it will sell out fast! I bought my tickets yesterday.
At a very early age Aelita Andre’s parents watched their daughter paint expressively and with passion. To help encourage her artistic abilities they setup a studio that where she can brush, splash, paint and create her expressive and colorful art. In this 13 minute short film you can see the four year old abstract painter at work in her studio.
Although I’m unsure if she truly is an art prodigy or that her parents are simply skilled marketers (an entirely different debate), it is amazing to see a young and uninhibited creative mind in action. Right now her art is on exhibition in New York City’s Agora Gallery in Chelsea through June 25th. If you want to pick up one of her pieces it’ll only set you back $25,000.
There is something about taking a shower in the evening that has the ability to transform a small, on the back-burner notion into a magnified, ‘I have to act on this now’ idea.
Is it bad form to quote yourself on Tumblr?
Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads, Roxy Music) describing his “creative process.”
Via The 99 Percent