#creativity


Great… and Greater

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Saw Jobs (the movie) finally. This thing is a good source of inspi­ra­tion for cre­atives. One of the monologue’s that I still remem­ber is the one that Matthew Modine said (por­tray­ing John Scul­ley in the screen­cap above):

You can make a great prod­uct, but you have to con­vince peo­ple that what you’re sell­ing is greater.

This doesn’t only deal with mate­r­ial prod­ucts per se, but ourselves.

Inspiration — Zina Nicole Lahr

Awe­some work, and per­son of light. R.I.P.

In August 2013 my friend Zina asked if I could shoot a video for her port­fo­lio. She needed some­thing that would show­case her work but also tell a lit­tle bit about her per­son­al­ity and her inter­ests. We had two days to shoot and edit so we shot an inter­view and smashed some­thing together to meet our dead­line. On Novem­ber 20, 2013 Zina passed away due to a hik­ing acci­dent in Ouray, CO. After the funeral I revis­ited the footage and made this short as an attempt to cap­ture her per­son­al­ity and cre­ativ­ity. I never planned to release it online but now I have a chance to share her and her cre­ations with all of you! For all who are part of the Zina Lahr love bomb, this is for you!

Music: Every­thing Is Chang­ing By Noi (found on Free Music Archive)

Source via Digg

Blend Textures In Your Instagram Photography

If you are look­ing to add a bit more extra (or explore a bit) with your Pho­tog­ra­phy, specif­i­cally with Insta­gram, read on. It took me a while to track down these sources so I hope they help you find more cre­ative ways in using Insta­gram; and in the process, learn and grow more with your Pho­tog­ra­phy style.

For this post, I will be intro­duc­ing three peo­ple who are con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity by cre­at­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing free texture/pattern/overlay packs. You prob­a­bly have seen a lot of amaz­ing images lately using these or a com­bi­na­tion there of.

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Why Most Ideas Get Shot Down

Michael Iva’s man­i­festo, “100 Ways to Kill a Con­cept: Why Most Ideas Get Shot Down”.

So, you’ve got an idea. A big idea. But will your idea take flight? Not if you let your con­cept be killed by all the usual excuses you hear from your man­agers, your bosses, your spouses—excuses moti­vated by fear or pos­ses­sive­ness. In this wide-ranging man­i­festo, Iva offers you ways to per­suade some­one to embrace your idea, to not be swayed by neg­a­tive responses, and to uti­lize your creativity.

Here’s a list of cir­cum­stances that usu­ally fol­lows up once a con­cept is conceived:

  1. The boss won’t go for that.
  2. The lawyers won’t go for that.
  3. The accoun­tants won’t go for that.
  4. The client won’t go for that.
  5. The sales­peo­ple won’t go for that.
  6. The investors won’t go for that.
  7. So and so won’t like it.
  8. It’s not us.
  9. It won’t fit into our system.
  10. We’re not ready for that yet.
  11. I don’t think it will work.
  12. I don’t understand.
  13. Do you understand?
  14. Will any­one understand?
  15. What will they think of next?
  16. It’s polit­i­cally incorrect.
  17. It’s too complicated.
  18. It’s too late for that now.
  19. It’s too expensive.
  20. We’ll lose money.
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