• Keep the Aspidistra Dying: I’m an Artist Not a Creative Entrepreneur

    Keep the Aspidistra Dying: I’m an Artist Not a Creative Entrepreneur

    When you’re a broke-ass-art-person, there’s about million podcasts and blogs and online courses encouraging you to create podcasts and blogs and online courses to help monetize your creative process by sharing it with other artists who, in turn, will create more podcasts and blogs and online courses. It’s time to stop…

  • Creative Thinking and Drinking and Why it Works

    I would like to buy a round of drinks for the researchers of a recent Consciousness and Cognition publication, Uncorking the muse: Alcohol intoxication facilitates creative problem solving. Though the cultural association between creativity and booze is long and storied, science had yet to make a formal connection, at least according to my research (which,…

  • Do Deadlines Kill Creativity?

    Do deadlines make you more creative? Marketplace commentator Teresa Amabile, a professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, doesn’t think so. According to her research, professionals are 45% less likely to “come up with a new idea or solve a…

  • How to Be Creative by Failing

    Imagine: How Creativity Works?author Jonah Lehrer?discusses the creative process, failure and how American schools are creativity assassins with Big Think’s Jason Gots. Via Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd at BigThink.

  • Google’s Think Quarterly releases The Creativity Issue

    Besides perfecting its search engine, fostering user-generated video and releasing self-driving cars on our roadways, Google also manages to publish a quarterly online magazine from of their UK office. The latest edition of their Think Quarterly (a name, that at first glance, reads like a command to cogitate but once every three months), is “dedicated…

  • 29 Ways to Stay Creative | Motion Graphic by To-Fu

    For me, it’s all about number 8. You? 29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.

  • Monty Python’s John Cleese on Creativity

    Kudos to Gizmodo AU’s Logan Booker for unearthing and re-posting this archival gem featuring Monty Python’s John Cleese sharing his insights on creativity. Per Booker’s post: I’m having trouble dating this video (though the consensus is 1991), but I can tell you it’s from Video Arts, a UK e-learning company founded in 1972 by John…

  • Writer’s Block? Take a Shower

    Feeling washed up? Creative energy in the tubes? Most creatives will occasionally experience feelings like these. In its extreme form, writers, prone to neurotic narcissism such as we are, call the symptoms ?writer’s block.? Fortunately, neuroscience has found a cure. Behold, the power of the shower. Writing Exercise: Give Your Prose the Hose Dave Eggers…

  • Stop Reading Business Books

    Fast Company blogger Emily Heyward suggests forgoing business books and indulging some fiction.