Posted by: Liz Massey | March 3, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for March 3, 2010

Photo courtesy of SXC.

Overcoming Creative Block
Alex Cornell, writing on Scott Hansen’s ISO50 blog, asked 25 designers, photographers and artists how they unblocked themselves. The answers include everything from long showers and bike rides to a great chili recipe. 🙂

Are you a procrastinator or an incubator? –
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, in an article originally published on, discusses his research into the differences between simple procrastination and those who simply work well in short bursts under pressure and use the time before they work to incubate ideas.

Carl Jung: Raw-Art Psychologist
Quinn McDonald of Quinn Creative notes that The Rubin Museum of Art in New York has put a very interesting journal owned by Carl Jung on display. In order to help himself understand his work, Jung kept a journal–The Red Book. Filled with drawings, mandalas, abstract swirls and lines mixed with images from nature filled in repetitive, detailed patterns, Jung’s journals demonstrate that he was a raw-art journaler.

How to Sell New Innovations Without Killing the Excitement
Dan Heath, writing on Introduces the “anchor + twist” concept that is often used to help sell Hollywood high-concept pitches or help people understand ground-breaking entrepreneurial ideas.

How to Kill Innovation: Keep Asking Questions
Scott Anthony, Managing Director of Innosight Ventures, writing on the blog. “What about…” are the two deadliest words to utter when one is nurturing an innovative insight. Anthony recommends shelving conceptual analysis for in-market research.

4th Recycling Design Prize
This competition, noted here in the MAKE magazine blog, is open to pro or semi-pro artists and designers. The goal is to take “garbage” or industrial by-products of production and create objects meant for daily use or for decor. The deadline for entries is 8/31/10 and the award ceremony will take place on 10/15/10 at the MARTa Museum, in Herford, Germany.

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