Spec Work Sucks

Some companies expect creative people to work for free and that's just shady. Spec work is bad for creatives and it's bad for clients. Don't do that crap. Seriously. Don't do it!

A Wall of Words

I'm on the lookout for calligraphy or hand-lettering that isn't either traditional or the Betsy Dunlap style, which I love, but have seen a lot of lately. In my search, I came across this. It's a pretty incredible wall treatment and makes me wish my handwriting (which...

Music Mondays | Music for Robots

I'm kind of ambivalent to the music of Squarepusher. I mean, dude's got some chops as a writer, but it's never really connected with me. Here's the thing: I think sometimes it's OK to appreciate art for the technical feats it accomplishes, regardless of how it engages...

In-House Creative People Are Weird

I'm very interested in what it looks like to be a "creative person" working in a "non-creative" corporate environment. These folks are often referred to as in-house creatives. Today's Creative People Are Weird focuses on some of the questions and challenges brought up...

Education Done Right

Today I asked my daughter, who has now seen Frozen half a dozen times, to summarize the plot for me. "Elsa had ice and built a castle. The prince was bad." It was something like that. Not entirely cogent, but hit a few of the major plot points. It may not have been...

Music Mondays | Rufus Reid

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. Allow me to introduce one of my favorite jazz musicians (and my birthday buddy): Rufus Reid. He's an incredible musician and one of the kindest people you've ever met. And there is that one time I broke part of...

Video: Rituals and Totems

    If you haven't subscribed to Creative People Are Weird yet, you should do so now. Today's topic is one I've discussed before. I have a philosophy about the way Millenials engage with the world around them. It's at the core of a lot of strange behaviors and I...

video | creative spaces redux

When I went to name this post, I was alerted to the fact that I had already written a post called "Creative Spaces." It was about SND CYN, the co-working space Jasmine Star was using. How appropriate, then, that today's #CreativePeopleAreWeird was recorded in...

Laser-engraved Faux Bois Acrylic

It only occurred to me recently that, during the recent re-design of my website, I left out one of my favorite projects from my portfolio. I joined a few friends in creating an environment  for Every Last Detail's style dictionary. The venue, a century-old home under...

Art as Inspiration | reverse axe

I find this reverse axe by Chris Magnusson electrifying. There's such delight in turning preconceptions on their heads. Daddy...

Right

"It doesn't matter if you're right, it matters if you are understood." Read the context...

DHL is Faster

I'm a little disappointed to find out that this is not a paid advertising campaign. It is, however, an incredible use of a non-traditional printing method!

Constantly Adjusting

Ever since I started handling letterpress printing in-house, the shop has brought me moments of utter delight and sheer terror. Those moments usually occur consistently in two distinct parts of the shop. Delight at the press. Terror at the cutter. I've hated my cutter...

The Dirty Little Secret of Pricing

I might have to duck after this one. Have you ever been subject to a "pain in the butt fee?" You may have without even knowing it. Some creatives have a dirty little secret to pricing. Do you? How do you feel about it? Please, tell me. I really want to know.

What’s Going on With Shia LaBeouf?

Shia LaBeouf's been in the news lately for some rather odd behavior. Except I don't think it's all that odd. Welcome to the fourth installment of #CreativePeopleAreWeird, wherein we explore the Creative's use of source material. What do you think? Is there such a...

United Way

In a few hours, I'm heading to the offices of my local United Way to participate in one of their Community Investment Teams. This is my second year participating and it's one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done in my community.   My team will get to know...

Music Mondays | Joy Electric

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. If you knew me as a teenager, you knew Joy Electric. Some days I wonder how in the world I came to be obsessed with such a strange little one-man-band. Other days, it makes sense that I sought to love what I...

Go Into the Arts

I believe we are all artists. “Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing...

Trust the Soup

The Creative Process can at times be incredibly messy. It may leave you wondering how in the world the end result can be what you're hoping for. If you've hired a creative because their work resonates with you, trust their process. It may not make sense to you, but it...

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