Traits of the
So you want to be a creative genius...this article distills
the basic traits of creative geniuses throughout
history and in modern times. Explore the traits that unite
the greatest creative minds in of all time...
Natural Born Creativity Killers
In the professional jungle, there are a billion dangers that
threaten the creative mind’s ability to generate original ideas.
Climb aboard. We are on the hunt for the most notorious
creativity killers of our times. Hold on to your right brain.
It’s going to be a wild ride.
You Need to Change
No profession (or living being) is immune to change. Creative
careers are particularly susceptible. They survive, thrive or
take a dive depending on how each professional confronts the
issue of change. To deny the need to change is like denying the
need to step off the train tracks when there’s a train closing
in. It lacks common sense, and the impact is neither gentle nor
Enough is Enough.
There’s nothing like the rich, sweet aroma of fresh, hot
ideas. But woven into that alluring scent of originality
is something that doesn’t quite smell right. In fact, it stinks.
among a billion popping fresh concepts are a gaggle of ideas so
old, so stale and so over done that they are beginning to taint
the essence of what attracted many of us to the creative arts in
the first place...
Welcome to the greatest source of creative inspiration of all
time. Meet Mother Nature. With 35 billion years to
refine her craft, she is the greatest designer, engineer and
creative muse of all time. See how creative professionals
have tapped into this plethora of creative juice...
Imagine being able to walk into a
client meeting without an idea in your head and then create
magic within minutes...welcome to the world of creative
improvisation. In this article I interview some heavy
hitters from the world of improv - from Second City, The
Groundlings and SAK Comedy Lab...proving that improv is the
ultimate creative training ground...
Shock and Awe - Art Basel SoBe
I love great art. It moves my soul. It changes the way I see
the world and myself. It makes me laugh, cry and think. Most of
all, great art inspires me to create. That’s why I jumped at the
chance to attend Art Basel Miami
Beach, the truly astounding international modern art show which
displays the diverse art collections of 200 galleries and more
than 2,000 artists from across the globe...
Good communication is the linchpin
to any good business relationship. This is important because,
when the going gets tough (and it does for all of us) a good
relationship can mean the difference between a client sticking
with you or saying goodbye. Unfortunately, I’ve found that good
communication is rare a commodity
in the creative business world...
Inspiration at the Intersection
Frans Johansson, author of the best-selling business
creativity book “The Medici Effect,” coined the term
“intersection.” In his book, Johansson describes the
intersection as a “place where ideas from different fields and
cultures meet and collide, ultimately igniting an explosion of
I had the amazing good fortune to interview 7 of the 12
national ADDY judges. They gave me the skinny on what it
takes to create award winning creative work. Their candor
was refreshing, their insights amazing. If you ever hope
to win a creative award, read this article!!
Affairs of the Art
Throughout history, many parts of the artistic landscape have
been molded by creative couples; brilliant creators joined at the
heart. Think Lennon and Ono, Ball and Arnaz, Kahlo
and Rivera. They are a fascinating breed. I find it both
mystical and magical when two creative souls find each other and
decide to share the ride...
Some of the best creative work comes from teams of two.
Somehow we seem to spark each other's brains and the result it
greater than the sum of our collective thoughts. This
article explores what it takes to create a great creative team
of two. Read this one with your partner!
In the circus of the professional world, I get to play the
role of lion tamer--feeding, wrangling, and demanding jaw
dropping performances from creative minds that are much more
powerful than my own. I don’t use a whip or a chair. I am a
creative facilitator and brainstorming is the strongest weapon
in my arsenal. Click on the thumbnail image to the right to get the
Brainstorming Ground Rules
Besides defining the overall goal of the brainstorming
session, ground rules should be designed to inspire and control
specific behaviors. Click on the thumbnail image to the right to get
the full list!
So you have a brilliant idea that will change the world. Now
your only challenge is to get someone to buy it. Big challenge.
In fact, it may be bigger than the challenge you faced when
trying to generate the original idea. Click on the
thumbnail image to
the right to get the full story!
Art of Selling Ideas
In the thick of the creative jungle, a good pitch person is
like a guide with a sharp machete carving out the shortest
scenic path between a great idea and the people who have the
resources to bring that idea to life. Nowhere in the world is
that creative jungle thicker than in the movie studios of
Hollywood. Meet Bob Kosberg; Hollywood writer, producer, idea
harvester and pitch
Great Books and Cool Tools
After speaking to a dozen masters of the right brain, I
noticed an interesting trend: Every one of these pros included
books and reading among their top creative resources.
Click on the thumbnail image to the right to get the full story!
Thoughts Wirth Considering
The quest for Creative
Inspiration took a fascinating turn when I had the opportunity
to talk with Jeff Wirth, Co-Director of the Interactive
Performance Laboratory and Research Associate in the Digital
Media Program at the University of Central Florida. Click
on the thumbnail image to the right to get the full story!
Fresh and on the Fringe
It’s time for a refreshing jolt of originality. Get ready to add
some Red Bull to your creative juice. I bring you eight divine
and wildly diverse sources of creative inspiration. They run the
gamut from advertising to science, from architecture to art and
poetry to engineering. The common theme they all share is