Posted by: Liz Massey | September 11, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for September 11, 2010

Photo courtesy SXC.

UPS and Ogilvy On Apparent Rip-Off: No Similarities Here! Who’s Ryan Johnson?
Fast Company’s Co.Design blog reports on the discovery of an outdoor sculpture created by Ogilvy & Mather which is meant to visualize “speed” and has popped up in various locations across Jakarta. When compared side by side to a 2007 piece, “Pedestrian,” by sculptor Ryan Johnson, the similarities are obvious. An interesting post (complete with UPS and Ogilvy “explanations”) pondering the relationship between fine artists and the creative staffs of ad agencies.

Creative work requires no fancy tools | Thoughtwrestling
Creativity requires you, not a special tool, says Mark Dykeman. He writes: “Sometimes I get mad when people think they need a certain kind of computer, notebook, coffee or location to do creative work. I think that’s utter crap.”

Employees Hold the Key to Innovation –
JC Spender, a visiting professor at ESADE, in Barcelona and Bruce Strong, is a founding partner at CBridge Partners, a management-consulting firm, suggest that convening “innovation communities” within a company that help employees focus creative energies on a challenge faced by the company hold great promise for being able to grow innovative ideas and bringing them to market.

OpenIDEO: A New Collaboration Platform for Designers
The Worldchanging site reports on the launch of OpenIDEO, a new collaboration platform that allows participants to work with IDEO staff and other design thinkers around the world. OpenIDEO was conceived to encourage collaboration and apply the principles of design thinking to critical social challenges.

Unplugged: A Good Idea to Foster Creativity?
Shelley Carson, a research psychologist and lecturer at Harvard University, discusses the role of leaving technology behind in achieving the proper mind-state for creative thinking. She references a San Juan River trip that 5 neuroscientists took with a videographer and a New York Times reporter last year as an example of what “unplugging” can do.

Glossom advertises itself as the “visual platform for creative people.” It allows the visually creative to curate their photos, illustrations and videos in a way that best showcases their work and allows talent recruiters and visual addicts to discover new designers/professionals and spot trends.


  1. Thanks again, Liz!

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