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