creativity

Ever suffer from a creative block? ‘Course you have. We all hit mental blockades and stall creatively, especially if we don’t allow enough time (or give too much) for an idea or approach to gestate. As a seasoned writer, there have been plenty of times where I’ve been unable to see the light through the trees. When that happens, I typically incorporate these three ways to power through a rut. 1. Get More Creative by...

3 Easy Ways to Work Through a Creative Block

The commercial creative industry is either bracing for or embracing the fast-evolving use of text-to-image AI (artificial intelligence) software such as Lexica, DALL-E 2 and many more. These dazzling text-to-image apps allow users to create original images by simply typing in a few descriptive words. The output can combine concepts, attributes and styles, such as “an astronaut riding a horse in a photorealistic style.” For existing artworks, the software allows the user to create new...

Readying for an Imagery Industry Upheaval: Text-to-Image AI Apps

Creatives, rejoice. Based on the recent U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Business Survey, Uncle Sam has acknowledged your talents as paramount in the workplace. Tasked with completing these surveys, I am familiar with the typical “sections” of questions like company information, owner characteristics, research activities, goods, services, and business processes and technology. But wait, there it was, Section F (for finally). SECTION F: DESIGN AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY  The following questions ask about the role that design plays in...

Uncle Sam Acknowledges the Importance of Design in Business. Have You?

The characteristics that make content compelling and sticky on people-oriented social platforms can be a roadmap for the content you generate for your business. Content should be less about techy details and more about how an organization is helping customers and prospects. The messaging should include a company’s value (why it is useful), a company’s values (what it believes in) and equally important, like any impactful digital platform, the human factor (those that work at...

Content Worth Talking About, Or Not

One of my favorite bits of advice came from, of all places, a Food Network star. On a Comic-Con panel of celebrity chefs, Adam Gertler was asked about the creative process and said: “If you nail it the first time, where is the journey?” That quote stuck with me weeks after I attended the world’s largest pop culture convention in my hometown of San Diego. I was unaware of Gertler and therefore didn’t recognize the actor...

Wisdom Fed by Two Celebrity Chefs

One of my favorite April activities is spring cleaning. It’s not that I enjoy sorting, donating or tossing and then cleaning down an area from ceiling to floor. I just love how I feel when the annual task is done, and I again enjoy my freshly scrubbed surroundings. With so many of us now permanently working from home or some hybrid, it’s easy for papers, boxes, files and dirt to pile up. Here are some...

Spring Cleaning: What to Purge and What to Keep

A young professional friend, Jen, works in a large enterprise. Jen told me how an interim manager from an unassociated department requested major rework done on a 60-page standard document that her team had submitted for approval. This request left the team stunned as the requirement seemed ill-considered. Jen admits she and her team came away from the meeting not fully understanding what the revisions for the document should be. A panicky feeling fell over...

Taking Control by Using a Proven Process

  An article in The Atlantic recently had people talking about a byproduct of working remotely: unreasonable accessibility. The author wanted workers to stop apologizing for not quickly responding to emails, texts or chats. Micromanagers and time-challenged coworkers need everyone to keep in touch while on the clock. That’s fair. But what is not is the quiet disdain for those who don’t respond to a request quickly enough. That was the point of The Atlantic...

Stop Apologizing for Having a Life Outside of Work

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