Posted by: Liz Massey | February 1, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for February 1, 2011

Photo courtesy Zsolt Zatrok via SXC.

The Balanced Artist

Blogger, web content expert and improv artist Amanda Hirsch discusses the tensions between her multiple creative passions and how she has dealt with commentary from those who think a singular focus on one discipline is the only way to be “serious” about it.

12 Ways to Keep Creating Like Coldplay | Michael C Wagner – Professional Speaker

Wagner, a business strategist and professional speaker, posts a dozen lessons he learned about creativity from a “60 Minutes” report on the band Coldplay.

Pandora Pulls Back the Curtain on Its Magic Music Machine | Fast Company

This chat with Pandora founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren reveals that the secret to the Internet radio station’s success is that it hires music lovers as analysts, professional players who pass job application tests requiring them to pick, for example, one of four jazz tunes and “describe the harmonic language,” answer whether it’s “tonal or modal,” and “outline the progression.”

When Trying to Invent, Being Objective Can Cripple Your Process | Co.Design

Jon Kolko, author of the new book Exposing the Magic of Design, argues that designers may very well use objective data at certain points in their process but that trying to be unbiased during the synthesis mode of their work will never lead to innovation.

Change This – The Zen of Business: 7 Habits of the Highly Creative

Matthew E. May, an internationally recognized innovation author, design strategist, and columnist for the American Express OPEN Forum Idea Hub, publishes an intriguing Change This manifesto based upon his most recent book, The Shibumi Strategy. As he says on the landing page for this PDF download, “How we frame something, like an idea or a problem, for example, has everything to do with how well it turns out … there is an art to framing … framing is an art.”

This is Your Trombone on Yoga

Christina Thompson, writing on her blog The Summerglen Files, discusses the impact of two new concepts she’s learned in her Anusara yoga class on her trombone practice regimen.


  1. Thanks Liz for linking to my Coldplay post.

    There is always something new to learn by watching people act on their creative impulses.

    Keep creating…it freaks out the normal people,

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