The business world seems determined to improve its creativity. If you don’t believe it, visit Inc.com to search creativity. There you’ll find five pages of somewhat humorous Inc. stories, including: 4 Strategies to Inspire Creativity 10 Office Design Tips That Inspire … Continue reading
Ideas in my blog’s Drafts folder are growing mold, since the shiny newest thing is always most appealing. But on Mondays, who feels inspired to start something new? Here are some sources of inspiration for starting something new. Or for … Continue reading
“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” —SAUL BASS, graphic design icon
“Like a parent with many children, I’d find it hard to name a favorite among my creative passions—Art, Design, Photography, Writing, Technology, Web, Social Media, Marketing, Blogging. I think my days are a success when they’re all playing … Continue reading
As a child, I was either reading, writing or drawing (or some combination thereof), which is what I still mostly do today. In fact, I made a career of combining these passions—creating and designing magazines, publications, ads, websites, exhibits; writing … Continue reading
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Flipboard, meet Steve Jobs. Actually, you already have! You’ve created a product for Steve’s iPad that follows his philosophy that good design is about good functionality (“how it works”), and you’ve given us good looks and good feel as a bonus.
And what a bonus it is! Just the act of “flipping” a page makes Flipboard inviting. You’ve got us flipping virtually. We’re flipped out over the way Flipboard makes sense of our virtual worlds and brings them all together in one gloriously designed app, where function overtakes form, and both are champions.
Now we’re connected in one virtual fell swoop to Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn and more than we can ever save to Read It Later, plus more professional online content than we can contemplate on Instapaper. We can thrill to feeds on Art, Design, Tech, Lifestyle, Oprah and over 30 industry professions, and it will seem just like a lark with a magazine to us.
You’ve made our work seem like fun, Flipboard 1.5. And you’ve done Steve proud.
9. You’ve actually begun to look forward to telemarketing phone calls, and they’re hanging up on you.
8. The accumulated toe nail clippings surrounding your desk have amassed to form an anti-Facebook union.
7. You’ve been staring into your refrigerator for so long that you missed the deadline for the only paying account you have right now. And the interior light bulb in the fridge burned out.
6. With your only paying account now searching for its new national brand on the free logomaker.com site, you desperately resort to more futile forays inside your (darkened) refrigerator.
5. Upon further scrutiny, your dark refrigerator remains empty, but a quick bathroom scale check-in reveals added baggage. And it’s yours.
4. Thanks to your flying-solo freelance ethic, your senses are now so heightened that any high-pitched whining sound, no matter how distant, becomes the dominant drone of The Giant Gnat That Ate New York City.
3. No one calls. No one texts you. No one posts on your wall. No one retweets your tweets.
2. Your mother is posting recipes for quinoa casseroles and photos of her friends in restorative yoga postures on your Facebook wall, and you lack the energy to hover your cursor over the ‘block’ pop-up.
1. After four long days working from home alone with your indifferent dog, a noisy gnat and your empty refrigerator subbing for office camaradie, you resort to Starbucks. Where you pay $4.87 for your first Frapp of the day (it’s 9:50 am, do the math and add up the calories)–and another lonely freelancer at the next table offers to watch your laptop during your 7-second pit stop. Except he’s not a freelance designer, he’s just a freelance thief.
While mourning the loss of all faith in any humanity, you might just consider coworking and collaborating in a community of your peers–where your laptop, your creativity and your soul are not stolen. And great coffee is free.
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