Messy desks? It’s a creative thing, we have scientific proof

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 28 September 2013

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have proven what we’ve known all along: folks with messy desks tend to be more creative. Three experiments were conducted, one of which stuck people in two environments, one neat and one grubby. The people in the grubby room were more likely to choose new stuff compared to their counterparts in the neat room — and we all know trying new things drives creativity.

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How to be creative and still pay your bills

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By Rachel Kinbar in New Trends on Friday 27 September 2013

Let’s face it. The vast majority of creative people (artists, musicians, writers, etc.) will never make it so big that their creative output earns enough money to pays their bills. I think that creativity thrives within limits, so maybe that’s not a bad thing, but a key problem still remains: how do you pay your […]

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Creative Mornings: a monthly breakfast lecture series

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By Kuan Huang in New Events on Wednesday 21 August 2013

Creative Mornings is monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! Started in New York by Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of Swissmiss, CreativeMornings has chapters around the world including Chicago, London, Zurich, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, and Auckland, among others.

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Modern sensory deprivation chamber

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Tuesday 20 August 2013

We get it. Sometimes you just want to get away from the world. Seems to us like this sleek and modern isolation chamber should do the trick. Once floating inside the chamber, brainwaves transition from alpha or beta to theta, which supposedly increases one’s creative capacities. You can float in the chamber for as long […]

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VIDEO: 1984 interview with Madonna on Ear Say

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By Philip Dunne in Video on Friday 27 April 2012

I’ve been obsessed with Madonna lately. I think she is one of the most fascinating people alive today. People are very quick to dismiss her, but her level of creativity is something that is very aspirational to me as an artist. Everything is always fresh, yet familiar, poppy and explosive, but greatly controlled. Try to label her and […]

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Interview with Michael Cina at Ghostly

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By SV4 in New Art on Monday 8 August 2011

Ghostly is a design-based music and art brand that works with artists we love, regardless of genre or medium. I had the great pleasure of interviewing our collaborator Michael Cina on our site. Cina talks about his inspiration, in particular the fearlessness an artist must face when staring into the face of uncertainty.

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Intensive theatrical make-up by Juliana Dadalto

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By Lori Regattieri in New Fashion on Thursday 5 May 2011

Juliana Dadalto, a multi-discipline artist from Brazil, can make the simplest detail of make-up become something magical. Her work also involves paper-craft and face painting and were nominated in two categories at the Conexion Beauty Art 2011.

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Credit Counselling Society business card design

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By Carson Ting in New Design on Wednesday 16 March 2011

The Credit Counselling Society is a registered non-profit service based in Vancouver. We created this unique business card for them by reproducing a plastic “credit card” and then cutting it in half. The name of the client and telephone number were embossed on the business card in the same way they would appear as a card holder’s name and credit card number on a real credit card.

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Composite Dinner

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By Birgit Leleu in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 15 March 2011

In February 2011, Konstfack and Stockholm Business Region hosted a six-course dinner for over 150 guests, called ‘Composite Dinner’, featuring a twelve-meter long table of food presented in all the colours of the visible spectrum, as a part of Stockholm Design Week. There are a few simple rules of the night: make a combination of three to have in one bite, you can never have the same combination twice, but do tell other guests about your experience.

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Harlan Ellison says Pay the Writer

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends, Video on Saturday 13 March 2010

This vitriolic rant by author and screenwriter Harlan Ellison (from the upcoming documentary about him called Dreams With Sharp Teeth) really hit a nerve with me. As someone who works in creative fields, I’ve encountered countless people/employers who think because I enjoy art and writing, I will be happy to do it for free.

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