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Creativity and Efficiency

In art, as in most things in life, creativity and efficiency co-exist in tension. If you optimise on creativity, it often isn’t very efficient. On the other hand, if you’re obsessive about efficiency, that can easily drive out creativity. The … Continue reading

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Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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Changing the World through the Emotional Influence of Art

I read something massively depressing, recently, so I thought I would share it with you (you’ll thank me later).  http://www.alternet.org/media/most-depressing-discovery-about-brain-ever?sc=fb What the article says is that decisions are not made on the basis of facts, but on emotions.  Decisions are … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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The Combination of Art, Design, Science and Engineering

A couple of things came across my desk recently that gave rise to this post.  I was looking at a TED talk by Disney’s first head Imagineer, Bran Ferren. Here is the link:  http://www.ted.com/talks/bran_ferren_to_create_for_the_ages_let_s_combine_art_and_engineering Bran was making the point that … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Seaside Resorts Thriving?

It’s a mystery to me why seaside resorts are not becoming vibrant, thriving, bustling artistic communities filled with creative industries.  Actually, it’s not wholly a mystery.  There are reasons, but my assertion is that the reasons could and should be … Continue reading

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Wild Ideas

1)       If your art doesn’t stand apart, then it doesn’t stand for anything.  Treat your creative output like a brand.  If your brand (artistic) values are the same as every other artist’s, then there is nothing distinct about your creative … Continue reading

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