Author Archives: Glenn John Arnowitz

About Glenn John Arnowitz

Glenn John Arnowitz is Director of Global Creative Services for Pfizer and co-founder of InSource. He is a designer, musician, composer, writer, actor and speaker, always looking for new ways to scratch that insatiable creative itch.

Sections of a Happy Moment

Last year I was asked to speak to the in-house creative team at the CIA in Washington, DC, and I arrived a day earlier to take in some sightseeing. I hadn’t been to the country’s capital in over 20 years. Although it was a very hot and sticky July afternoon, I hit the ground...

Just Show Up!

Years ago I participated in a 360-degree assessment. Peers, colleagues, management and direct reports all had the opportunity to anonymously tell me how I was doing. And based on their responses, I was doing pretty well. But there were a few comments that I didn’t expect and one in particular that stopped me in...

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Glenn John Arnowitz: Backstage at the Design Awards

Design Awards. Yeah, I know, I know. Mention that you received a design award to another designer and their eyes roll—followed by a sarcastic grin. It’s worse than name-dropping. But if you’re part of an in-house design department and you share the good news with your boss or colleague from another department in your...

I Heart You!

My Dad was born on Valentine’s Day, and every year my Mom would make a huge cake shaped like a heart and lather it up with hot pink frosting. I guess when she married my Dad she figured a high-quality, heart-shaped pan would be a good investment. And 26 years after my Dad’s passing,...

INspiration Wednesdays: Tunnel of Love

Tunnel of Love is, for me, one of Bruce Springsteen’s most revealing song cycles — a visceral collection that chronicles the disintegration of his first marriage to actress Julianne Phillips. His vulnerability, loneliness and sadness quietly unfolds in each song like an open wound that refuses to heal. His heart beats alone but, as...

Dear In-House Diva…

Dear In-House Diva, I work in-house as a designer for a very well-known financial institution. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I was thinking about dying my hair and painting my fingernails PMS 186 Red. Because our organization is very conservative I do have some concerns, and I’m not sure if this type of fashion...

I Love Being an In-House Designer Because…

Since this is Valentine’s Day week and love is in the air, I asked some of my peers what they love about being a corporate creative. I Love Being an In-House Designer Because… I have access to so many resources all under one roof. I believe colleagues truly respect the value I bring to...

Going Up?

How many of you have your elevator pitch ready? No? Shame on you! Over the years, the elevator pitch has become increasingly important as an key component of the in-house designer’s toolbox, especially considering all the areas within a corporate environment that employees intersect—coffee rooms, cafeteria, hallways and, of course, elevators. Essentially it’s a...

Inspiration Wednesdays: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was a 20th-century American writer. His works such as Cat’s Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five...

WWWD? (What Would Wilco Do?)

Have you ever had one of those days when you don’t have one original thought in your head? Well, when I get stuck, in a creative black hole that just keeps getting bigger and bigger, I often ask myself: What would Wilco do? Yes, I’m speaking about the original alt country rock band that...