31 May 2012

Time Management For Creatives

Do you struggle with the hours in the day to get your projects completed? Are you seeking out those double shot expressos to get you moving? If you are like most of us, the answer would be yes. We don't seem to have enough time to get things done to the creative level we want. To help you with this problem that we all face, is this video by Tony Schwartz recorded at the 99 Percent Conference. Schwartz points out several ways for us to utilize our internal energies to be more productive and creative. One of the key points is getting sleep. He tells us that 97% of us actually need 7-8 hours at a minimum to be at our peaks. Schwartz also speaks of turning off the distractions that invade our lives during those periods where we need to concentrate. The idea of "multi-tasking" during these concentration periods is false. In fact he points out that by succumbing to these distraction, we actually add upwards of 25% more time to completing the task at hand each time we are distracted. I am interesting in learn more of Tony Schwartz's theories and will pass them along in the future.

I hope some of these ideas in the video will allow you to work more efficiently and at a higher level of concentration, thus giving you additional time to refresh. Let me know your thoughts.


11 May 2012

Logo Analyzes By A Five Year Old

I found this over at the Brand New site_
Cincinnati, Ohio-based identity designer Adam Ladd asked his 5-year-old daughter her impressions on some popular logos — my favorite is her response to the Republican Party logo. This is both adorable and some of the best and most authentic field research out there.
This will show you the power of a logos from a 5 yr old and hopefully will brighten your Friday up.

10 May 2012

Julius Shulman

Think of modern design and the photos of Julius Shulman will cycle through like a Kodak Carousel. Shulman's work help define modern design and architecture and life in California and elsewhere. The NY Times had a recent article on Shulman and visiting some of the famous homes he photographed in the LA area. You may also be interested in learning more of Julius Shulman through a film that was created just prior to his death in 2009, Visual Acoustics, The Modernism of Julius Shulman by Eric Bricker. It is a wonderful film that narrates modern design and a life full of beautiful images. Visual Acoustics will not disappoint and shows a wonderful creative who had an impact on a generation of architecture through his eye and the lens.

03 May 2012

Tequila Packaging

With Cinco de Mayo coming up this weekend, The Dieline has a round up of Tequila Packaging to get you in the mood.