Posted by: Liz Massey | August 22, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for August 22, 2010

Photo courtesy Steven Aanen via SXC.

How editing makes great content by cutting clutter | Thoughtwrestling
Kat French, a contributor to the Thoughtwrestling blog, discusses the creative power of editing. She explains that she is NOT referring to the proofreading side of editing, nor does she consider editing to be limited to writing. As she says, “Editing is removing anything that doesn’t contribute to your creative intent and vision.” As an editor, I can finally say I’ve read something by someone who *gets* editing’s power at a deep level!

Does the U.S. Waste Money on Innovation? | Co.Design
This infographic and the accompanying article examine whether the ratio between patents granted in a country, and the total R&D expenditures there is a sufficient guide to determine innovation efficiency.

How to Be Productive: Stop Working | BNET
Margaret Heffernan, who has been CEO of five businesses in the United States and United Kingdom, discusses research that indicates that overwork and multitasking are impediments to true productivity.

Innovators Don’t Only Dream, They Remember Their Dreams
Mitch Ditkoff of The Heart of Innovation blog offers several practical tips on how to use “sleep thinking” to use creative problem-solving in one’s dreams.

POV – StoryCorps Shorts | PBS
StoryCorps brings its Peabody Award-winning audio storytelling to public television in collaboration with the network’s POV documentary series. StoryCorps’ new animated shorts feature some of the series’ best-loved radio stories.

Pictory is a showcase for people around the world to document their lives and cultures. Anyone can submit one large, captioned image to each of Pictory’s editorial themes. Editor, designer, and founder Laura Brunow Miner selects a few dozen of the best items from each theme to appear in each showcase.

Bonus Links!

No One Nos: Learning to Say No to Bad Ideas | A List Apart
Whitney Hess, a user experience design consultant based in New York City, provides excellent strategies for dissuading clients or employers from asking you to design or implement projects that are horrible ideas. Meant for web developers but relevant to many creative disciplines!

Change This – The Fallacy of the Great Idea
Trevor Ginn, an entrepreneur and blogger who lives in London, publishes a manifesto that quashes the notion that all businesses must be based on an original new idea. He writes: “The simple truth is that it is quite possible to create a thriving business without a big idea … Yes, the world needs people with grand ideas who are willing to take big risks to further progress, but the world also needs small businesses creating jobs.”


  1. Thanks for linking to Kat’s post – she made a wonderful point!

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