Sucking is the first step to being good at something

Alexis Ohanian has founded reddit, Breadpig, and hipmunk but he’ll be the first one to tell you: “I still don’t know what I’m doing.” When creating our next great work, we can be held up by failure, or by worrying what the world will think, but Ohanian urges us to remember that it’s hard enough to get people to care about your success. The web allows us to fail and fail fast and we should embrace this dynamic. And when you do eventually traction, treat your customers like royalty. “Your first 100 users are magical,” he says.

Allison Johnson: We have enough companies like Apple

There are only a few people who have worked directly under Steve Jobs, and Allison Johnson is one of those people. The former head of marketing at Apple, Johnson oversaw the launch of the company’s hallmark products like the iPhone and its famous campaigns like “Mac vs. PC” and “There’s an app for that.”

How to have a Eureka moment

How to have a Eureka moment

In the ancient world, the Greeks believed that all great insights came from one of nine muses, divine sisters who brought inspiration to mere mortals. In the modern world, few people still believe in the muses, but we all still love to hear stories of sudden inspiration. Like Newton and the apple, or Archimedes and the bathtub (both another type of myth), we’re eager to hear and to share stories about flashes of insight…….

Oakley’s new brand platform communicates the “Disruptive by Design” ethos

Oakley’s new brand platform communicates the “Disruptive by Design” ethos

Oakley, Inc. is introducing a new brand platform under the Disruptive by Design tagline—the new brand philosophy aims to inspire new solutions, approaches and vision among the next generation of consumers and creators.

The grateful dead school of business

The grateful dead school of business

Despite what you think of their music (or their fans) the Grateful Dead serve as a role model for living a creative life. Even though the Dead only had one Top 10 album in its career, the group had enough of a following to tour for 30 years and build an army of loyal fans that followed them from show to show. And along the way, they maintained creative freedom and ownership of their career, while holding true to their values.

12 things they don’t teach you in school about being a designer

12 things they don’t teach you in school about being a designer

So you embarked on a freelance design career, Congrats! Here’s what you need to know to stay productive, profitable, and sane.

Make it wearable

Intel is looking for the innovators who will design the next big wearable technology. Are you one of them? Enter the Make It Wearable Challenge to find out: http://makeit.intel.com/

4 ways to find inspiration everywhere

4 ways to find inspiration everywhere

Can the world around you make you more creative? Yes. Yes, It can. Here’s how.

The Secret to Creativity

The Secret to Creativity

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. -Einstein The biggest misconception about creativity is that it involves a moment of magical creation when the incredible appears out of thin air. The truth is less romantic. Everything comes from somewhere. All ideas have been thought before and all artists, especially the most brilliant, have their sources of inspiration…..

How to Tell Stories…

In world with Vine, Snapchat, and Twitter, how can creatives capture attention to make their voices heard? In this 99U talk, best-selling author and founder of VaynerMedia Gary Vaynerchuk breaks down how our work can cut through our current “A.D.D. Culture” — One where we binge-watch entire television seasons in one sitting and prefer texting to phone calls. “We’ve gotten to a point where everything is on our time,” says Vaynerchuk, “So why is everyone storytelling like it’s 2007 in a 2014 world?” The best digital storytellers, he says, use the social media to “hook” audiences in for the deeper stuff. We should give, give again, and give some more before ever asking for anything from our community. “We have to start respecting the nuances of every platform.” Please note: This talk contains adult language.