Posted by: Liz Massey | May 25, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for May 25, 2011

Photo courtesy SXC.

Why Creative People Need to Be Eccentric | The 99 Percent

Mark McGuinness makes a case that so-called “weird” behavior on the part of artists and innovators may actually represent those people activating very effective hypnotic cues to help themselves produce their work. Intriguing idea!

Most Creative People in Business 2011 | Fast Company

Fast Company presents its annual list of workplace revolutionaries. This year, the list is topped by Wadah Khanfar, the director general of Al Jazeera, and includes luminaries from organizations as diverse as Apple, Tesla Motors, The Onion, and Shrink Nanotechnologies.

Creativity Wasted? – Amanda Hirsch’s Blog

Writer, blogger and online story strategist Amanda Hirsch discusses the tension for new graduates between pouring themselves into an independent creative career or “greasing (corporate) cogs.” A good, nuanced post with interesting comments.

The ecstasy of art | guardian.co.uk

Lighthearted post by Jonathan Jones, who blogs on art for the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Discusses a recent study that purports that have shown that beautiful paintings produce the same brain activity we feel when we see someone we love.

77 Awesome Creativity Books | The Fertile Unknown

Michelle James provides links to information on scores of creativity-related books, both old and new. I saw some old favorites (The Courage to Create, Lateral Thinking, and The Act of Creation), along with some new books I am putting on my library/purchasing wish list.

7 Ways to Borrow Creative Ideas with a Clear Conscience | The Brainzooming Group

Mike Brown of the Brainzooming Group gives quick tips for making a great idea the basis of your own original creative product. My favorite is “Take individual pieces of creativity and assemble them in new ways others haven’t before.”

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