Posted by: Liz Massey | March 16, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for March 16, 2011

Photo courtesy Alfonso Romero via SXC.

New Research: We Are More Creative When We Help Others Than Ourselves – Bob Sutton

Management expert Bob Sutton discusses a 2011 study that indicates that people actual come up with more original ideas when they are supposed to be collaborating with someone else, or if they are attempting to come up with a creative solution to someone else’s problem.

“Why Does Art Cost So Much?” (Part one – Intro) | Fantastic Voyage

Acrylic painter Amy Buchheit begins an intriguing series of posts about why fine art is priced at the level that it is. It is a nice introduction to the economics of producing professional art and covers the cost of materials, the price of presentation, and many other topics.

How to Sell a Big Idea: The Power of Curiosity | American Express OPEN Forum

Matthew E. May, author and founder of Shibumi Creative, discusses the strategy of curiosity (and leaving something to the imagination) when trying to sell an unfamiliar public on a “big” idea.

Technology vs. Technique | Fuel Your Photography

Joshua Conti uses two photos of his, one taken and processed using the most up-to-date computer and camera available, and one taken and processed with an older set of equipment, to demonstrate that the choices of the photographer matter more than the specific hardware he or she uses.

Why You Should Completely Abandon Your Next Creative Project | A Big Creative Yes

Dan Goodwin argues that artists should avoid the “magpie syndrome” and focus on their current project, however humble, instead of new, exciting and shiny ones down the road.

10 Awesome Videos On Idea Execution & The Creative Process | The 99 Percent

Jocelyn K. Glei compiles a wonderful trove of videos that touch on idea execution, with insights from artists, writers, designers, storytellers, researchers, and chocolatiers.


  1. Hi there! Thank you for including my “Why Does Art Cost so Much?” series amongst the top creative links. I appreciate the opportunity for the series to get more exposure. And I very much appreciate they you found it valuable.

    BTW, what is your Twitter name? I just posted a link to this blog, and will schedule another for Monday when there are more readers. I’ll include your Twitter handle in the next one once I know it. 🙂

    I will check out the other links once I have finished my current task. Thank you again, and have a great day!

  2. I particularly enjoyed the piece on abandoning your next project. I love the comparison of artists to magpies. I think most of us can relate to some extent. Though I am one who finishes the majority of my projects, there are so many good ideas dangling out there, waiting to be explored! (except when there are not. 😉 )

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