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What I Wish I Knew About Creativity When I Was 20. How A Top Creative Director Learned To Embrace The Chaos Of Creativity And Make Great Work. In our series, Then & Now, we track the professional paths and key career decisions of the people with the coolest creative jobs around.

How A Top Creative Director Learned To Embrace The Chaos Of Creativity And Make Great Work

Ten years ago, Jason Norcross was a recent LA transplant from Boston and a freelance ad creative. Jared Leto headlines Adweek L.A. Issue with roundtable at Funny or Die. More than any city in the world, Los Angeles defines creativity.

Jared Leto headlines Adweek L.A. Issue with roundtable at Funny or Die

It is shaped by a massive entertainment industry, storied creative agencies and a burgeoning maker and startup culture. But its creative energy also is driven by the powerful intangibles of optimism and renewal. And with digital technology linking it not only to Chicago and New York but also South America and Asia, L.A. will only grow as the world’s creative center.

That’s why Adweek last month invited a group at the heart of this business and city to discuss opportunities and challenges of living and working among the most creative doers and dreamers. 3 Paths Toward A More Creative Life. Everyone can learn to be more creative, but to become very creative, I’ve come to believe you need to lead a creative life.

3 Paths Toward A More Creative Life

In watching my best students, in examining the lives of successful entrepreneurs, and in seeing the process of the great Native American artists who I know, it is clear that how they live their daily lives is crucial to their success. I realize that it sounds very “zen-y” (which is OK by me), yet I come to this realization not through a search for spirituality or clarity but from simple observation.

Make Good Art: Neil Gaiman’s Advice on the Creative Life, Adapted by Design Legend Chip Kidd. By Maria Popova “Make New Mistakes.

Make Good Art: Neil Gaiman’s Advice on the Creative Life, Adapted by Design Legend Chip Kidd

Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.” Commencement season is upon us and, after Greil Marcus’s soul-stirring speech on the essence of art at the 2013 School of Visual Arts graduation ceremony, here comes an exceptional adaptation of one of the best commencement addresses ever delivered: In May of 2012, beloved author Neil Gaiman stood up in front of the graduating class at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and dispensed some timeless advice on the creative life; now, his talk comes to life as a slim but potent book titled Make Good Art (public library).

When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. Too-ticky’s Guide to Life: Wisdom on Uncertainty, Presence, and Self-Reliance from Beloved Children’s Book Author Tove Jansson. By Maria Popova “All things are so very uncertain, and that’s exactly what makes me feel reassured.”

Too-ticky’s Guide to Life: Wisdom on Uncertainty, Presence, and Self-Reliance from Beloved Children’s Book Author Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson (1914–2001) is among the most imaginative, important, and influential children’s book creators of all time, an artist and writer of unparalleled creative vision and great sensitivity to life’s ineffable nuances. A recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, she had the courage to turn down Walt Disney and build her own creative empire. Austin Kleon on 10 Things Every Creative Person Should Remember But We Often Forget. By Maria Popova What T.S.

Austin Kleon on 10 Things Every Creative Person Should Remember But We Often Forget

Eliot has to do with genetics and the optimal investment theory for your intellectual life. 10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People. Editor's Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013.

10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

Click here to see the full list. I frequently find myself thinking about whether I am an artist or an entrepreneur. I am simply trying my best to create my own unique path. What Kids Think The Car Of The Future Should Look Like Is Awesome. What does the car of the future look like?

What Kids Think The Car Of The Future Should Look Like Is Awesome

If you ask someone in the industry, they might start talking about what's next for self-driving cars. Ask a 10-year-old, on the other hand, and they might suggest cars that harvest drinking water from fog as they drive, or modular cars that join together to form public transportation. Those were a couple of the ideas from the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, a global competition that asks kids to draw their vision of the "dream car of the future" each year. Neurologist Oliver Sacks on Memory, Plagiarism, and the Necessary Forgettings of Creativity. Using Your 5 Senses To Jump-Start The Creative Process. We don't work in a vacuum.

Using Your 5 Senses To Jump-Start The Creative Process

Our environment feeds into the work we produce--particularly when that work is creative by nature. So how can you use all five senses to stimulate and maximize your creativity and focus? Sight: Sight might have the greatest impact on your state of mind while you're working. Coffitivity - Increase Your Creativity! 4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese. There’s a certain generation (or two) that owes its twisted, awkward, scorchingly black sense humor to John Cleese.

4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese

Famous for his work with the Monty Python films and television series, the BBC comedy Fawlty Towers, as well as feature films like A Fish Called Wanda, the writer, actor, comedian and film producer knows from funny. But he also knows a thing or two about wrestling the creative beast, which is the topic Cleese was invited to speak about at last week’s Cannes International Festival of Creativity. Addressing a group of attendees from the Havas Media group, Cleese brought a storytelling flair to the topic of the creative process, something he’s been discussing for decades through his educational video company Video Arts, sharing tales of writing mishaps and lessons learned from leading creative and scientific minds.

A story about your unconscious saving your ass; or letting your ideas bake “I’m not talking about the Freudian unconscious but the intelligent unconscious. Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From. By Maria Popova “To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.” “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,” painter Chuck Close memorably scoffed. “Show up, show up, show up,” novelist Isabelle Allende echoed in her advice to aspiring writers, “and after a while the muse shows up, too.” Legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky put it similarly in an 1878 letter to his benefactress: “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.”