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.

Want to Be More Creative? Do Something Boring

If you often find yourself bored at work because you’re doing the same dull things over and over, you might be secretly helping your creativity. Yes, it sounds crazy and counterintuitive, but hear us out. A 2013 study by psychology researchers at the UK’s University of Central Lancaster found that being bored at work—roped into monotonous tasks—give us time to daydream, which, in fact, makes us more creative. 

Stanford Study: Walking Increases Creativity by 60%

It’s not unusual to get good ideas while walking, and now we know why. A new study by Stanford researchers has found that a person’s creative output increases by an average of 60% when walking.

Mitch Hedberg Was Very Motivating.

Teamwork. Passion. Success. Keeping motivated in creative fields takes thinking outside the box, being different and standing out from the crowd. Sounds like the surreal work of comic genius Mitch Hedberg and his very unexpected brand of humor. We love these ‘motivational’ posters from Sloshspot, which pull many of his most surreal lines into the cliché black box/one-motivating-word format we’ve come to love (and loath).

The “Analog Memory Desk” Uses 1 Kilometer of Paper to Record Your Thoughts & Doodles

Some people think out loud, others have to write it down. The “Analog Memory Desk” is the brainchild of designer Kristin Camara. Her novel desk uses a huge 1000 meter long roll of paper “to record all the small items you write down once, but intend to forget tomorrow.” Just turn the two cranks at the bottom and you have a fresh space for brainstorming, writing notes or doodling to your heart’s content.

3 Artists Who Harnessed Inner Turmoil in the Pursuit of Creativity

Creating art is not an easy thing. As I talked about in my review of Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, it can be a struggle, a battle even. Pressfield’s book was about overcoming the difficulty of getting down to work, of stopping procrastination and doing the thing you have to do. But there is another kind of creative struggle that many go through – the struggle with one’s self, with one’s inner demons.

5 Reasons to Love Miles Davis

Miles Davis is one of the great musical figures of the twentieth century. His contributions to the field of jazz are immeasurable and he is remembered as both an innovator and popularizer of the music, always pushing the status quo of the genre in inventive, often difficult new directions. Here are five reasons to love the music of Miles Davis.

Understanding The Creative Battle: Steven Pressfield’s ‘The War of Art’

Anybody who works in the arts knows that to create art is to struggle. We must struggle against our medium and ourselves in order to do our best work. There is something about the creative mind that makes it hard to create. This is a conundrum that is inextricably linked to the process.

Some artists, as I described in my post on Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals, understand this struggle and create systems of strict discipline to combat it. Others (I would include myself in this category) are more chaotic and disorganized in their creative habits, and while sometimes thriving off of this chaos, also know it can be a major hindrance to their ability to do consistent work.