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Tag Archive for ‘creativity’

Art and the Art of Noise

I came across an article in the October issue of Mental Floss (one of my fave magazines) about the role that ambient noise plays in fostering creativity. The article says this: According to a University of Chicago study, moderate noise helps creativity by slowing down the speed at which we process information. The lag keeps us from fixating, prompts abstract thinking, and even provides a healthy dose of mind wandering. […]

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A Dash of Inspiration – and 3 e-books – from WordPress.com

I follow Hot Off the Press, WordPress.com’s blog, and today, a post popped up that I thought I would pass along. Need a little help with establishing a writing routine, or just need some topics to write about? Perhaps you’re interested in photo-blogging? Maybe you’d like more people to find your blog and read it (I mean, who wouldn’t?) The editorial team at WordPress.com has you covered with 3 new […]

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The Science of Great Ideas

I came across an interesting look at the science behind creative ideas and thought I would pass it along. The article also references one of my favorite books on the topic, A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. Young was an ad man from the Mad Men era who fully believed that you can train your mind to produce ideas. He goes on to say that this is […]

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Real Artists Ship

Back in the early 1980s, the Apple Macintosh was behind schedule and the project team was close to burning out when Steve Jobs wrote on a nearby easel “Real Artists Ship.” Why did he write that and what did he mean? Well, of course, he wanted the project team to finish (and finish on time too).┬áBut at its core is this simple truth: everyone has ideas, but real artists deliver […]

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