Is it Time for a Wooden Skyscraper Revolution? It Makes a Lot of Sense.

The world’s population is becoming more urbanized by the day. That means a lot of new city dwellers need somewhere to call home. But, where do we house them? Traditionally it’s been in new concrete or steel buildings and skyscrapers. But there is another option: wood.

These Quirky ‘Combophotos’ Reveal Surprising Views of the World

From top to bottom, this photo series is very clever. Combophotos, a personal project by Creative Director Stephen McMennamy of BBDO Atlanta, pairs two images in delightfully unexpected ways. Each is sliced horizontally, and combined with a complimentary image: turtles grow helmets in place of shells, people take drinks out of water towers, and a milk jug pours white rope.

5 Minimalist Animations that Convey Big Ideas

When we peel away the layers of complexity in a project, we are left with only with the message at its core. That’s one of the BIG reasons why minimalist projects can have a huge impact. Do them right, and they’re brilliant, but do them wrong, and they’re just boring. Here we highlight 5 animation projects that nailed the delicate balancing act of detail vs. simplicity and convey so very much with very little.

5 Ways to Check Your Ego and Be a Better Creative

Each Tuesday we like to give you a creative tip to help you mix up your routine, try something new, and glean fresh inspiration. This week’s tip: Kill your ego to save your creativity. 

Ego. It isn’t all bad. But it’s too easy to get wrapped up in your own self, convinced you are smarter, more talented, and more deserving of recognition than those around you. Unfortunately, those beliefs can get in the way of just about everything in life: your relationships, your work, your own creativity and ability to evolve. Hence, a regular ego check is important. Think you have a handle on yours? Think again. Here are five tips to challenge your ego. (Hint: At least one will make you cringe; that’s the one you should definitely try.)

Groove Glider: Column Five Spent Hack Day Making a Video Game

Every few months Column Five shuts down for an office-wide Hack Day. It’s a great time to brainstorm new ideas, mix up the daily grind and experiment with new creative work. Now, they’re proud to share one of the projects hatched up at their last Hack Day. Introducing C5’s very first video game, Groove Glider. It’s a side-scrolling space-shooter that’s part game, part mixtape (so you’ll definitely want your speakers on for this).

How 5 Famous Creatives Start Projects

Creative blocks are no joke, whether you’re a writer, designer, artist, photographer—whatever. Faced with a blank page or fresh project, it’s easy to get stuck. But take heart, even the most successful creatives struggle to start at times. How do they overcome? Where do they find inspiration? Here are reflections from 5 famous creatives on the creative process.

Creative Tip: 3 Tools For Generating Ideas When You’re Seriously Stuck

It’s 4 hours until the deadline, you haven’t started, and you’re fresh out of ideas. We’ve all experienced times when creativity seems far out of reach, but how do we break free from the creative quagmire and quickly generate ideas that will work? The answer is often easier than we think–it’s just a matter of having the right tool at the right time.

In this week’s Creative Tip we’ve outlined 3 highly useful brainstorming techniques to help you get the ideas flowing when your mind feels like mud.

Patatap Will Have You Creating Visual Music in No Time

Well, this is addictive. Patatap is a ‘portable animation and sound kit’ which lets you create melodies by tapping your keyboard or your phone. Along with each sound a corresponding shape animation is played against a backdrop of color. On the desktop, just hit spacebar and the soundscape transforms, as do the colors.

Tools of the Trade: 8 Creators and the Pens, Pencils and Markers They Love

Being creative doesn’t take any specific tool, but after years of work and exploration we all develop our favorites. Maybe the ink from that pen flows just right or makes the perfect tiny dots. Maybe that marker has the color with the most punch. You know what’s best and so do these artists using pens, pencils or markers. We rounded up 8 from past features to learn which tool they like to keep close, and what kind of work they’ve used them for.

These 3 Trends are Killing Your Creativity

After nearly two decades working various jobs throughout the creative world, I’ve noticed a recent phenomenon in our industry’s culture. Creatives now are focusing more on insignificant things—like fashion trends and lifestyle accessories, while quality work is becoming the sideshow. Right-brainers have always done a knockout job of differentiating themselves from the rest of the pack, but I think these 3 distractions  may actually be hindering the creativity we for which we strive.