An Artist When No One is Looking

“The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.” Steven Pressfield “the War of Art” My father was an artist, though I never recall hearing him confess to it. I struggle with the phrase as well. When meeting someone and asked “What do you do,” I […] Read more »

Quality Design Takes Time

It took Michelangelo 4 years to paint the ceiling and 6 years to paint the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. It took 14 years to sculpt Mount Rushmore. Gaudí’s cathedral remains unfinished after 130 years of construction. By contemporary standards, patience has become a rare virtue. Technology, with all […] Read more »

Sparking Creativity

Creativity can at times flow effortlessly, and alternately seem impossible to extract, even in the smallest measure. In the case of the latter, it may become necessary to provide a spark. This spark can take infinite forms, some benign, some radical. Following is a short list of methods to spark […] Read more »

Creative Presentation – Conceptual Versus Visceral

The creative presentation of information can range on a scale from highly conceptual, with minimal visual support, to predominately visceral imagery targeting the intuitive. This is a left-brain right-brain correlation. A given project will establish its place on this scale based on various factors: audience; client-provided parameters; and aesthetic interpretation […] Read more »

Art is not always pretty.

Art is not always pretty. Art is honest and objective. Art can be found everyday in the smallest details. It is a scrambling roach as much as a fluttering butterfly. It is the graffiti on an underpass as much as the painting on the wall. It is a rain-cloud filled […] Read more »

Creativity – Color Outside the Lines

A child understands inherently the joys of coloring outside the lines. Children live without judgement or limitations. Only as we grow older does our inner child begin to be bombarded with messages that corrupt our objectivity: “Don’t do that.” “That’s the wrong color.” “Stay inside the lines.” The need to […] Read more »