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How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today's Most Exciting Creators

How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today's Most Exciting Creators

Do It: 20 Years of Famous Artists' Irreverent Instructions for Art Anyone Can Make by Maria Popova “Art is something that you encounter and you know it’s in a different kind of space from the rest of your life, but is directly connected to it.” One afternoon in 1993, legendary art critic, curator, and interviewer extraordinaire Hans Ulrich Obrist — mind of great wisdom on matters as diverse as the relationship between patterns and chance and the trouble with “curation” itself — sat down in Paris’s Café Select with fellow co-conspirers Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, and the do it project was born: A series of instructional procedures by some of the greatest figures in contemporary art, designed for anyone to follow as a sort of DIY toolkit for creating boundary-expanding art. Obrist, who considers do it “not a sprint [but] a marathon” and the book a “progress report” on a perpetually open-ended project, writes: RECIPE FOR BUCKY FULLER Skin but do not stone a peach. Sculptor Nairy Baghramian (2012): Whatever you do, do something else. Paul Chan: Instruction (2005)

It’s Always Done This Way 6Share Synopsis Make it a habit to challenge the assumptions you make. Here is an easy exercise that must be done in your head only. Our confidence in our ability to add according to the way we were taught in base ten encourages us to process the information this way and jump to a conclusion. In 1968, the Swiss dominated the watch industry. When Univac invented the computer, they refused to talk to business people who inquired about it, because the computer was invented for scientists they assumed it had no business applications. When Fred Smith started Federal Express, virtually every delivery expert in the U.S., doomed his enterprise to failure. Chester Carlson invented xerography in 1938. Once we think we know how something should be done, we keep doing it, then we teach others to do it the same way, and they in turn teach others until eventually you reach a point where no one remembers why something is done a certain way but we keep doing it anyway.

Open Innovation GE understands solving the world’s toughest problems through advanced manufacturing techniques and processes requires collaboration. By crowdsourcing innovation—both internally and externally—GE is improving customer value and driving advancements across industries. By sourcing and supporting innovative ideas, wherever they might come from, and applying GE’s scale and expertise, GE’s approach to open innovation is helping to address customer needs more efficiently and effectively. Current Initatives GE launched two additive manufacturing QUESTS in June 2013 that invited entrepreneurs, companies and institutions to offer their solutions to two additive manufacturing challenges: To learn more about the quests, watch this Google+ Hangout and read the press release and the following articles from GE Reports: 3D Printing Design Quest Redesign the Aircraft Engine Bracket: Winner receives up to $8,000 The winners of the Design Quest were announced in December 2013.

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art by Maria Popova “Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness.” The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. In Art as Therapy (public library), philosopher Alain de Botton — who has previously examined such diverse and provocative subjects as why work doesn’t work, what education and the arts can learn from religion, and how to think more about sex — teams up with art historian John Armstrong to examine art’s most intimate purpose: its ability to mediate our psychological shortcomings and assuage our anxieties about imperfection. Like other tools, art has the power to extend our capacities beyond those that nature has originally endowed us with. De Botton and Armstrong go on to outline the seven core psychological functions of art: What we’re worried about forgetting … tends to be quite particular. 'We don't just observe her, we get to know what is important about her.' But these worries, they argue, are misguided. 'What hope might look like.'

Tangie's Blog Wow! We just got back from Art Unraveled yesterday and it sure was amazing! I wish we could have stayed until Tuesday---but maybe next year ;)! We took some very incredible classes, I was so impressed with most of them! I took: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict with Davide Modler & Eric ScottDooles Unleashed with Traci Bautista (with my sister, mom and friend Cami)Altered Imagery with Karen Michel (with my mom!) Dave took: Strange Angels with Michael deMengWindow Sampler by Daniel EssigThrough the Looking Glass with Michael deMengClosure Sampler by Daniel EssigTree Book by Daniel Essig The on Saturday they have the most OUTSTANDING, AMAZING shopping you've ever seen! Here is just a quickie snapshot of the class projects we came home never finish in class so now we have all this stuff to work on ;) maybe we'll have a family night based around them so we can get them done! I came home with 4 started journals and 3 started altered imagery paintings! xoxox ~tangie

NeuroKnitting | knitic by Varvara Guljajeva , Mar Canet , and Sebastian Mealla Special thanx to Sytse Wierenga! We have plotted brainwave activity into a knitted pattern. Why have we used music? Concerning the selected music, the first case study uses Bach’s Goldberg Variations as a stimuli for the users. The knitted garments picture the listener’s affective and cognitive states during the experiment. Neuro Knitting represents a novel way of personal, generative design and fabrication. More photos about the whole process here>> Authors This project is a collaboration between artist-duo Varvara Guljajeva( and Mar Canet( and MTG researcher Sebastian Mealla ( Together they had brainstorm this art project to demonstrate art and science collaboration. The project is a perfect example for art and science collaboration.

A Bias against 'Quirky'? Why Creative People Can Lose Out on Leadership Positions Creativity is good — and more critical than ever in business. So why do so many once-creative companies get bogged down over time, with continuous innovation the exception and not the norm? Wharton management professor Jennifer Mueller and colleagues from Cornell University and the Indian School of Business have gained critical insight into why. In a paper titled, “Recognizing Creative Leadership: Can Creative Idea Expression Negatively Relate to Perceptions of Leadership Potential?” That reality should be of concern to those who sit in corporate boardrooms around the globe. But understanding the need for creativity within a large company is not the same as actually fostering it. The group found a significant correlation between being creative and being seen as poor management material. ‘Idea Pitcher’ vs. That finding was borne out in a second study. According to Mueller, these findings are consistent with how people have traditionally defined business leadership in the past.

Michael Idelchik: How The U.S. Can Lead The Next Manufacturing Revolution The vice president of advanced technologies at GE Global Research on the challenges the U.S. faces as a world leader in additive manufacturing. In four years, GE’s newest aircraft engine, the CFM LEAP, will fly with parts made from additive, or 3-D printing processes. Four decades from now, we could be printing an entire engine this way. We may not fully realize it yet, but we are at the dawn of the next Industrial Revolution with additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing itself is not new. The potential impact of additive manufacturing is huge. With additive, you can design parts and products that were previously not possible. For all of its promise, the additive industry is not yet big enough to support large scale industrial applications. In the late 1980s, the U.S. semiconductor industry responded to the growing threat posed by the rise of Japan’s semiconductor industry by forming a government and industry consortia for basic and applied research.

Anyone can learn to be a polymath – Robert Twigger I travelled with Bedouin in the Western Desert of Egypt. When we got a puncture, they used tape and an old inner tube to suck air from three tyres to inflate a fourth. It was the cook who suggested the idea; maybe he was used to making food designed for a few go further. Far from expressing shame at having no pump, they told me that carrying too many tools is the sign of a weak man; it makes him lazy. The real master has no tools at all, only a limitless capacity to improvise with what is to hand. The more fields of knowledge you cover, the greater your resources for improvisation. We hear the descriptive words psychopath and sociopath all the time, but here’s a new one: monopath. The monopathic model derives some of its credibility from its success in business. Ever since the beginning of the industrial era, we have known both the benefits and the drawbacks of dividing jobs into ever smaller and more tedious ones. In fact, it wasn’t. I thought you were either a ‘natural’ or nothing.

Art Journal Caravan™ | Studio Tangie Another week has flown by. It always amazing me how quickly time goes by and because of that I’ve started becoming much more mindful of wishing my time away. There may be times I’m stuck doing something that I don’t want to do but I’ve become more aware of things I can do to make the time pass more pleasing, like daydream, or imagine the next great thing I’ll create. Remember to enjoy every moment, it’s a moment you’ll never get back. Here are my picks for week 11: Gather AJC14 9 by jestercrafts what I like about you by mimisgirl Week 11 – Neverland by WaterRabbit AJC 2014 Wk 10 Imagination by Juliella AJC 14 Week 11 To be Great by Zuzu Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.

100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design by Maria Popova From visual puns to the grid, or what Edward Tufte has to do with the invention of the fine print. Design history books abound, but they tend to be organized by chronology and focused on concrete -isms. From publisher Laurence King, who brought us the epic Saul Bass monograph, and the prolific design writer Steven Heller with design critic Veronique Vienne comes 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design — a thoughtfully curated inventory of abstract concepts that defined and shaped the art and craft of graphic design, each illustrated with exemplary images and historical context. Idea # 16: METAPHORIC LETTERING Trying to Look Good Limits My Life (2004), part of Stefan Sagmeister’s typographic project '20 Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far.' Idea # 83: PSYCHEDELIA Gebrauchsgraphik (1968). Idea # 31: RED WITH BLACK Heller and Vienne write in the introduction: Idea # 19: VISUAL PUNS Idea # 17: PASTICHE Idea # 80: TEEN MAGAZINES Idea # 35: EXPRESSION OF SPEED Idea # 25: MANIFESTOS

Nine Steps for Creating and Maintaining Team Ownership of Ideas and Goals As a leader you know results and productivity are higher when people are committed to their work. You also know higher levels of commitment or engagement also increase job satisfaction, safety performance and focus while reducing on-the-job stress and turnover. Commitment, engagement or buy-in – whatever you want to call – it’s a good thing. One sure-fire way to increase all those things is for people to feel ownership of something. The question you might ask is how do you do that? It is an important question, and I’m glad you asked. The Nine Steps Be genuine. Will these nine steps guarantee that your team will feel 100% ownership and commitment to what is said? Unfortunately, no. However, using these steps will significantly increase the engagement, belief and, yes, ownership people feel in the ideas, goals and next steps created through this process. Think about a situation, big and complex or even simpler and safer, where you can apply these ideas.

The emergence of talent: genius and precocity Ben Fountain was an associate in the real-estate practice at the Dallas offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, just a few years out of law school, when he decided he wanted to write fiction. The only thing Fountain had ever published was a law-review article. His literary training consisted of a handful of creative-writing classes in college. He had tried to write when he came home at night from work, but usually he was too tired to do much. He decided to quit his job. “I was tremendously apprehensive,” Fountain recalls. He began his new life on a February morning—a Monday. In his first year, Fountain sold two stories. Ben Fountain’s rise sounds like a familiar story: the young man from the provinces suddenly takes the literary world by storm. Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity—doing something truly creative, we’re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth. Cézanne didn’t. Fountain was riveted by Haiti.

100 Excellent Art Therapy Exercises for Your Mind, Body, and Soul January 9th, 2011 Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." It's no surprise, then, that many people around the world use art as a means to deal with stress, trauma and unhappiness – or to just find greater peace and meaning in their lives. Emotions Deal with emotions like anger and sadness through these helpful exercises. Draw or paint your emotions. Relaxation Art therapy can be a great way to relax. Paint to music. Happiness Art can not only help you deal with the bad stuff, but also help you appreciate and focus on the good. Draw your vision of a perfect day. Portraits Often, a great way to get to know yourself and your relationships with others is through portraits. Create a future self-portrait. Trauma and Unhappiness These activities will ask you to face some unpleasant aspects of life, but with the goal of overcoming them. Draw a place where you feel safe. Collaging Create a motivational collage. Self Draw images of your good traits. Gratitude