Posted by: Liz Massey | March 25, 2008

Surf’s Up: March 23, 2008

A post on networking for designers, an amazing video, and a short post on inspiration are this week’s gleanings from the ocean of blog-o-riffic creativity.

1. Coroflot’s Creative Seeds blog had an interesting post the other day about Eight Things They Never Taught You About Networking. “They,” in this case, could be just about anybody, as I’ve rarely seen as sage advice about networking as is presented in this relatively concise post.

The post is aimed at graphic designers, but is applicable to almost any creative professional. I especially like their drawing parallels between networking and dating, because it is familiar to most of us, and ideally the end-goal of both is to get to know someone better for wholesome, non-manipulative reasons. (And yes, a creative job is definitely a wholesome pursuit in my book!)


2. This video from TED, a site dedicated to showcasing thought leaders from a variety of disciplines discussing what matters to them, has made the rounds of blogs already, but it’s viral-ness is richly deserved.

In the video, Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist, discusses her stroke in 1996 at age 37 and the liberating aftereffects. Aside from being an inspirational tale of her amazing lucidity in the face of a near-fatal brain hemorrhage, she came away from her experience in awe of the power of her right brain, which was unaffected by the stroke. Her description and strong endorsement of right-brained thinking is heart-warming for anyone who spends much of their day using that side of their brain!

3. Finally, I love this little entry from the Creative Journey Cafe blog on 3 tips for building creative self-confidence.

The post is a little shot in the arm when you’re feeling stuck in the creative doldrums. I can especially relate to tip #2, in which you’re invited to let both amazing and “crappy” creators inspire you–amazing ones because they’re amazing; crappy creators because they did manage to find an outlet for their expression.

Rather than becoming depressed about work I judge as “inferior” making it to market, I typically rejoice that even humble offerings can have value to someone. That usually gives me hope that my efforts will find an audience, too.


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