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Finding Inspiration: 6 Ways to Cultivate New Ideas

Design is all about tackling specific challenges in new ways, and the “Finding Inspiration,” Freelance column I wrote for  the January issue of HOW magazine contains a lot of practical advice for doing just that. But it’s just as important to do simple things to stay fresh day to day. The word “inspiration” comes...

INspiration Wednesdays: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather the wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”   Antoine de Saint-Exupery (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944), was an aristocrat French writer, poet and pioneering aviator, best remembered...

INspiration Wednesday: George Lois

“Most people work at keeping their job, rather than doing a good job. If you’re the former, you’re leading a meaningless life. If you’re the latter, keep up the good work.”   George Lois (born June 26, 1931) is an American art director, designer, author and one of the original “Mad Men”.  A unique...

Still Spinning at 33 1/3

I miss vinyl. Vinyl records. Not CDs packaged in the cold, hard 4 3/4″ by 4 3/4″ plastic jewel cases but the 12″ by 12″ black vinyl record albums that came to life spinning at 33 1/3 rpm (that is, revolutions per minute). The same albums that have been relegated to boxes reeking of...

Take Back Your Lunch Break

By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group Think back to the last work week. How many of those days did you actually get outside the office (or even away from your desk) for your lunch break? I’m betting that if you’re like many in-house professionals, you spent most days scarfing down a...

INspiration Wednesday: Frank Zappa

“Without deviation progress is not possible.” Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording engineer, record producer and film director who profoundly influenced my life with his multi-dimensional output that incorporated rock, jazz, classical and experimental music, film, video and theatre with a large helping of...

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...

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...