“The six rules about creativity come down to the one rule about creativity, which is that there are no rules about creativity. The problem with the conversation around creativity, as it is often put forward in this country, is that if you can find someone who’s creative, and if you can get them to describe what they do…and then you emulate it, then you too will be creative…
The conversation about creativity goes off the rails when we assume it’s a thing. What creativity is is valuable novelty; it’s the ability to produce valuable novelty. And the question of what’s valuable and the question of what’s novel are always up for grabs. They’re always up for renegotiation.”
Clay Shirky shares six insights on creativity derived from his years of watching and teaching creatives.
12:24 pm • 28 May 2012 • 67 notes • View comments
Photographers in Chicago —
Yo! If you’re a photographer in Chicago, Proxart would love your help for PM8. :)
2:43 pm • 16 February 2012 • 3 notes • View comments
“When we embrace a truly collaborative process, critiques afford the incredible intersection of vision, design, strategy, technology, and people. The critique is a corrective step in the process that allows different ways of thinking to reach common ground—for example, compromising on visual vs. technological requirements. Critiquing an unfinished design mitigates the risk of completely missing a project’s ultimate goals.”
— Cassie McDaniel, “Design Criticism and the Creative Process”
10:25 pm • 12 September 2011 • View comments
Steve’s legacy isn’t merely a legacy of amazing products. That wouldn’t be much to write home about.
Steve’s legacy is one of creating culture and, ultimately, of leadership. And it will outlast him by many, many years.
Don’t let anybody fool you into thinking that your productivity, your work ethic, your talent, or your connections will build your success. Will your short-term success partially depend on those things? Yup. But your long-term success rises and falls on one thing, and one thing only: Your ability to lead, or not lead, people.
— “It’s all leadership. (or) Thanks, Steve.”
2:08 pm • 25 August 2011 • View comments
Likely, if you’ve talked to me for more than an hour at all over the last two years, I mentioned something about writing a book. Of course, having the book bug is common. So common, in fact, that Joseph Epstein is telling the 81% of “us” that think we want to write not to do it. (Note to self: Never talk to Joseph Epstein.) Also likely if you’ve talked to me about said potential-book, I told you that I had no idea what I wanted it to be about. So let me give you an update about where I’m at now:
I have no idea what I want it to be about.
— “Informal announcement: I am writing a book”
10:26 am • 23 August 2011 • View comments
In case you didn’t know, we recently released the Summer Issue(#6) of our magazine. Click here or click on the pic to get a print version!
And boy-howdy is this one a beauty.
6:56 am • 3 August 2011 • 6 notes • View comments
Steven Kirsch paints gallery environments… check out why he does at Proxart
9:44 am • 31 July 2011 • 4 notes • View comments
“Just because you bought running shoes, doesn’t mean you’re not still sitting on your couch eating Cheetos.”
— “Your Expectations Are Killing You”
10:07 am • 22 July 2011 • View comments
“None of us make money off of Proxart yet, so we’re making this magazine in our spare time. Since that’s the case, we’ve all decided to simply cut the BS, cut the politics, stick to a process that works, involve as many talented people as we possibly can and get the work done to make our magazine look, feel and sound good.”
— “Proxart Magazine: The Process”
7:29 pm • 20 July 2011 • 1 note • View comments