Posted by: Liz Massey | December 14, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for December 14, 2011

Photo by Marina Nisi courtesy of SXC.

The Most Artistic Cities in America | The Atlantic Cities
An interesting slideshow and survey crafted by Richard Florida, senior editor at The Atlantic and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Florida ranks leading United States metro areas for both their numbers of artists and their concentration relative to their population.

Infographic Of The Day: 13 Rules For Realizing Your Creative Vision | Co. Design
Cliff Kuang shares a playful infographic by Bre Pettis, founder of Makerbot, that translates a baker’s dozen worth of guidelines for creativity into wordless illustrations that use Rubik’s style cubes to make their point. Some of my favorite “rules” are: accept that everything is a draft; banish procrastination; laugh at perfection – it’s boring and keeps you from being done; and, people without dirty hands are wrong.

Greek doors of art – Photo Essay | Mallory On Travel
An amazing photo study of the riotous variety of doors that traveler and blogger Iain Mallory found on a recent trip to Greece. The colors and shapes (and contents) of these portals will surprise you!

Thinking Out of the Box: How Physical Experience Enhances Creativity
Wray Herbert, author of “On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind’s Hard-Wired Habits,” discusses an intriguing study by psychological researcher Angela Leung and her colleagues at Singapore Management University that seems to indicate that physical movement has a measurable impact on the quality of various sorts of creative problem-solving situations.

He writes,

“Actual physical acts appear to activate the abstract processes that overcome mental rigidity and make new connections — the nuts and bolts of creativity. Something as simple as gesturing with alternate hands, or literally getting out of the box, may eliminate unconscious barriers that restrict thinking.”

10 Expert Tips on Hiring for Creativity |
Tim Donnelly surveyed advertising, marketing and HR professionals for tips on hiring creative professionals, and the answers he shares with readers are pretty interesting. Some of my favorite tips include: look for people rooted in strategy; craft an amazing job listing; ask what they’re reading; and, throw in a wildcard.

Creative Block: Why Does It Happen? (Part 1) | Keitharsis
Writer Keith Jennings explores metaphors and the causation of creative stoppages and throws questions out to his readers about their experiences with creative blocks. They respond, and the entire post/comment package is a nice starting point for reflecting on why blocks happen and what they really consist of.


  1. Thanks so much, Liz! The Done Manifesto arrived just in the nick of time.

  2. Liz – Thank you so much for sharing my creative block series! I hope it helps someone stay unstuck.

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