Posted by: Liz Massey | July 21, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for July 21, 2010

Photo courtesy of SXC.

My Competitive Advantage: I Hire Artists
Chris Ashworth, owner of the software company that makes QLab 2, discusses the advantages of hiring artists to work for him, and points out that when artists are allowed to design their job around their needs as an artist, their employer prospers and they are happy!

3 Ways to Think Like a Designer | American Express OPEN Forum
Matthew May interviews Suzanne Gibbs Howard, an associate partner and design director at IDEO, for ideas on how entrepreneurs can think more like designers. She suggests a “look-learn-try” approach that seems very sound.

Gifts of Traveling « Expressive Hart
Artist Silky Hart discusses the spiritual gifts of traveling for artists and illustrates it with gorgeous photos from her recent journeys to Seattle, the San Juan Islands and Alaska.

The politics of fiction with Elif Shafak
This TED (Technology, Education, Design) talk focuses on the power of story. Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics. Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK.

How to Get Things Done When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
Darren Rowse, writing on his ProBlogger site, discusses how to move forward and be productive when everything seems to be flying apart.

Bonus Links!
Infographic of the Day: 20 Recipes For Fancypants Coffee Drinks | Co.Design
Sweet little graphic visually deconstructs 20 commonly ordered coffee drinks.

The competitive advantage of hiring artists, a conversation with Chris Ashworth
An Art Heroes Radio podcast with Chris Ashworth, who owns the QLab software company and is a huge supporter of hiring artists in his company.



  1. Many thanks for including my blog post in your list! What a wonderful blog YOU have.

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