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(via 10 Rules for Students and Teachers (and Life) by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent | Brain Pickings)
Buried in various corners of the web is a beautiful and poignant list titled Some Rules for Students and Teachers, attributed to John Cage, who passed away twenty years ago this week. The list, however, originates from celebrated artist and educator Sister Corita Kent and was created as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent, her alma mater, but was commonly popularized by Cage, whom the tenth rule cites directly.

(via 10 Rules for Students and Teachers (and Life) by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent | Brain Pickings)

Buried in various corners of the web is a beautiful and poignant list titled Some Rules for Students and Teachers, attributed to John Cage, who passed away twenty years ago this week. The list, however, originates from celebrated artist and educator Sister Corita Kent and was created as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent, her alma mater, but was commonly popularized by Cage, whom the tenth rule cites directly.
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Andy J. Miller’s blog has been a great source of ideas, thoughts, and philosophies on creativity, being an illustrator, and what it all means:
innod:

5 Reasons You Have to be Creating Your Own ContentThe definition of content we are looking for:the substance or material dealt with in a speech, literary work, etc., as distinct from its form or styleBring your style to the table, but add your own substance, your own story, ideas, and material. Create projects for yourself with all your own material. Create content: zines, info-graphics, daily projects, posters, comics, etc.Creating your content no longer seems like an option to me as an illustrator and designer, and here’s why I really believe that:1. Traditional Marketing and Advertising is dead!Look at an extremely successful designer or illustrator and you will see a strong body of content. We all know advertising is actually SPAM! We want value, we don’t want to look at something someone paid a price for us to see, we want to see good stuff that we choose to see. We choose to see great content, and we form great bonds with people and organizations that make great content. Forget about mailer campaigns, make something worth sharing! 2. The Best Projects Require More Than Your Hands!The best clients I have ever had were asking me to add more than drawing. It can be a little scary, but these opportunities have all been on the back of content I have made. When you create content you show the value you can add with your head, not just your hands!These projects are the best paying and most fun, but the only way they will trust you with this type of work, is if you prove you can do it with your own content.3. Add Value To Your Community If you are part of community of any kind, creating content is the most valuable part of your conversation. Instead of taking and critiquing the community, you are making it. This gives you authority in the conversation and appreciation. Be lavish in your giving of content, you probably owe your community a lot.4. Learn About YourselfWhen you start to make content you will notice what you enjoy, what is best received and where you feel most comfortable. When you start adding material to your style, your style develops and starts to follow your material. When you start looking inward for content you start to get to know yourself better, which develops your craft.5. If You Don’t Want to Make Your Own Content Maybe You Need to Do Something Else…At the end of the day, if creating content sounds like a chore, or you’ve tried and it is a chore, I can see only two conclusions: one you haven’t found the type of content you love to make or worse… you need to find something else to do with your life. If you don’t love this creative field you will not make it, and if you hate creating content you probably don’t love this field, i.e. time to take the career aptitude tests all over again!Has creating your own content been valuable to you? 

Andy J. Miller’s blog has been a great source of ideas, thoughts, and philosophies on creativity, being an illustrator, and what it all means:

innod:

5 Reasons You Have to be Creating Your Own Content

The definition of content we are looking for:
the substance or material dealt with in a speech, literary work, etc., as distinct from its form or style

Bring your style to the table, but add your own substance, your own story, ideas, and material. Create projects for yourself with all your own material. Create content: zines, info-graphics, daily projects, posters, comics, etc.

Creating your content no longer seems like an option to me as an illustrator and designer, and here’s why I really believe that:

1. Traditional Marketing and Advertising is dead!
Look at an extremely successful designer or illustrator and you will see a strong body of content.

We all know advertising is actually SPAM! We want value, we don’t want to look at something someone paid a price for us to see, we want to see good stuff that we choose to see. We choose to see great content, and we form great bonds with people and organizations that make great content. Forget about mailer campaigns, make something worth sharing!

2. The Best Projects Require More Than Your Hands!
The best clients I have ever had were asking me to add more than drawing. It can be a little scary, but these opportunities have all been on the back of content I have made. When you create content you show the value you can add with your head, not just your hands!

These projects are the best paying and most fun, but the only way they will trust you with this type of work, is if you prove you can do it with your own content.

3. Add Value To Your Community
If you are part of community of any kind, creating content is the most valuable part of your conversation. Instead of taking and critiquing the community, you are making it. This gives you authority in the conversation and appreciation. Be lavish in your giving of content, you probably owe your community a lot.

4. Learn About Yourself
When you start to make content you will notice what you enjoy, what is best received and where you feel most comfortable. When you start adding material to your style, your style develops and starts to follow your material. When you start looking inward for content you start to get to know yourself better, which develops your craft.

5. If You Don’t Want to Make Your Own Content Maybe You Need to Do Something Else…
At the end of the day, if creating content sounds like a chore, or you’ve tried and it is a chore, I can see only two conclusions: one you haven’t found the type of content you love to make or worse… you need to find something else to do with your life. If you don’t love this creative field you will not make it, and if you hate creating content you probably don’t love this field, i.e. time to take the career aptitude tests all over again!

Has creating your own content been valuable to you? 

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seokim:

Here’s a metaphor for what happens typically when I have an art related epiphany. If you know me, you know that this describes my life. :) :( 

seokim:

Here’s a metaphor for what happens typically when I have an art related epiphany. If you know me, you know that this describes my life. 

:) :( 

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Fail Again, Fail Better (by Sara Shin)

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Deadlines (by KreativMagazin) illustrates how innovation and creativity need time.

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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have
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"Where ideas come from (but then what?)"
(via cul de sac)

"Where ideas come from (but then what?)"

(via cul de sac)

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I finally got around to seeing Art & Copy, the documentary about advertising and creativity.

The doc doesn’t take a critical look at advertising’s effects on our culture. Rather, it aims its spotlight on the power of imagery, persuasion, originality, and the execution of an idea. And regardless of whether you work in advertising itself, I think all creative workers can glean some insight from this doc on how to best use their unique skills to stay ahead of the pack, sell their ideas, and ultimately, themselves.

(Source: youtube.com)

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nevver:

Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut

nevver:

Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut

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Secret Cloak

From @fchimero:

My new blog about visual resemblance. Consider it a visual wild goose chase, each day a new visual theme.

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Fuck Comics by Andrew Fulton
Genius as always. See the full comic here.

Fuck Comics by Andrew Fulton

Genius as always. See the full comic here.

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Frank Chimero - How to Have an Idea

A great, comic-like illustration of an industrious approach to the creative process.

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Let's Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow

Mike Monteiro:

Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow. Let’s scratch our heads and give up and wake up and try it again. Let’s fail at digging the well the first three times to get it right the fourth. Let’s build faster horses, and then strap rocket ships onto them. Let’s start a company, let’s watch it fail, and then let’s start another one.

Hire Art: Five Artists on What It Means to Work Today (via @austinkleon)

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All Creative Work Is Derivative, photographed and animated by Nina Paley.

From Question Copyright:

The whole history of human culture evolves through copying, making tiny transformations (sometimes called “errors”) with each replication. Copying is the engine of cultural progress. It is not “stealing.” It is, in fact, quite beautiful, and leads to a cultural diversity that inspires awe.