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If I Had To Do It All Over Again

Design leaders rethink meaningful creative and career decisions, with the benefit of hindsight.

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Rethinking The Ethics Of Photoshop

Retouching is its own form of fake news. Can an oath change a problem that stretches from fashion to product design?

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The Creative Conundrum: Pursue Your Art or Get a “Real Job”

Every creative has found themselves at the same career crossroads. One path leads where their heart desires. The other leads to “real” jobs. Mike Sager has stood there, and he reflects on why he dropped out of Georgetown Law School to live the creative life.

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Tattoo Artist Covers Up Racist Insignia For Free: ‘Enough Hate In This World’

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with tattoo shop owner, Dave Cutlip of Brooklyn Park, Md., who has offered to cover up any racist or gang affiliated tattoos at no cost. Cutlip says sometimes people change.

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27 Hard-Won Lessons about Writing from New York Times Bestselling Authors • Smart Blogger

If you’re tired of seeing writing advice from people who’ve never been published, you’ll love these real-world lessons from authors who’ve made it big.

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Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?

Henry David Thoreau’s famed retreat gets pixelated

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7 Things Authors Must Do Differently in 2017

If you’ve ever thought that the publishing industry is tough to figure out, you’re not alone. In fact, I once had an author tell me that getting into publishing is sort of like …

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You Can Reprint This Paper 80 Times Without A Drop Of Ink

Printing with UV light is much more environmentally friendly than ink-based papers today. But will human factors get in the way?

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How I Stopped Feeling Like A Fraud After Quitting My Job To Work For Myself | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

When you no longer have a flashy brand name under your job title, your self-confidence can take a pummeling.

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We Can Go Back! The Return of the Analog

Our accelerating disappearance into the digital ether now defines us—we are the mediated people, whose contact with one another and the world around us is now mostly veiled by a screen. We threaten to rebel, just as we threaten to move to Canada after an election. But we don’t; the current is too fierce to […]

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Can the Arts Address Seattle’s Homelessness Crisis in a Meaningful Way? Seattle Symphony Is Trying

A new project tries to answer two questions: “What are the arts doing about homelessness?” and “Why do the arts have to do with homelessness?”

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The Man Behind the Hugo Award

Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) has mostly vanished from our cultural memory, which is a pity, because he was an extraordinary man, and his influence on our modern age—electrical, science-permeated, and full of wonders—was outsized.

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Defunding The NEA Would Be Incredibly Stupid–Here’s Why

The National Endowment for the Arts funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more.

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An Itemized Invoice for Clients Who Balk At Your Photography Prices

Photographer and photo educator Don Giannatti put together this simple (tongue-in-cheek) itemized invoice to show photography clients why photographers cha

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7 Legendary Artists Who Also Designed Album Covers

The work of Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, and Ai Weiwei fetches millions at auction. Or $20 at your local record shop.

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Kayashima: The Japanese Train Station Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

In the Northeast suburbs of central Osaka stands a curious train station unlike any other. Kayashima Station features a rectangular hole cut into the roof of the elevated platform and, from inside, a giant tree pokes its head out like a stalk of broccoli.

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A Nonprofit Bookstore Grows in Pittsburgh: Has Amazon Met Its Match in New Business Models?

In Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, outlaws commit books to memory while firemen burn their brittle pages out of existence.

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Humorous New Contextual Street Sign Interventions

Look close, or you’ll miss it. Camouflaged like legitimate street signs in public spaces around Sydney you’ll find these fun urban interventions by artist Michael Pederson (aka Miguel Marquez Outside).

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Unseen Mark Twain fairytale to be published

Huckleberry Finn author made up numerous stories for his children, but The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is the only one to survive

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Art Market Mines Gold on Instagram

The quirkily personal Instagram accounts of taste-making specialists have become the “soft power” of today’s traders.

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How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome Feeling

Approximately 70 percent of us will experience a period of self-doubt at least once in our lives. Rebuild your confidence using these five strategies.

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Artist Transforms Old CDs Into Nature-Inspired Sculptures

Sean Avery’s “sustainable art” prevents the plastic discs from ending up in a landfill.

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Artist Turns Shadows Of Everyday Objects Into Funny Sketches

Talk about a vivid imagination. Belgian artist and filmmaker Vincent Bal turns shadows of everyday objects into whimsical doodles that are totally unrelated to the object but ingeniously clever.

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21 Photography Tips and Tricks For You To Get Creative Today

Are you having photographer’s block? Here are 21 photography tips and tricks to restart your creative engine! All you need is your camera and a tripod 🙂

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How to Write When Life Sucks

Writers write. It’s the action that defines us. What do you do, then, when you feel like you can’t write?

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I Don’t Care About Your Materials

Your techniques, materials, and process don’t necessarily “speak” to your potential collector. The “WHY” will.

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Photos, Perhaps, Show a Rare Glimpse of Gauguin in Tahiti

A German art dealer is displaying what he says are the only known images of the artist in French Polynesia.

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Student’s iPhone 6s Photo Makes the Finals of NatGeo Photo Competition

A grad student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is receiving some recognition and praise from National Geographic itself this week … over an iPhone

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10 counterintuitive habits that will make you more creative

As I’ve pored through the research, I’ve adopted several creativity habits that let me approach my work differently—all backed by a wealth of research.

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Why you should never try and get your books in bookstores or libraries

The first time I published, I went with Ingram Spark because I heard it would be easier to get into bookstores and libraries.

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An Ethereal Rainbow of Thread Fills a Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art

Mexican-born mixed media and installation artist Gabriel Dawe produces rainbow installations that appear as refracted light beams, ethereal works composed of thousands of multicolor threads.

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25 Sites for Finding the Best Remote Jobs

If you’re a freelancer or are looking for a great remote job, check out these 25 best sites for landing high-paying, meaningful remote working positions.

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Animal Sculptures Comprised of Densely Rolled Newspaper

Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama deftly creates textured sculptures of animals using a technique involving rolled strips of wet newspaper.

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Networking Strategies for Creative Introverts

Are you introverted, yet need to get out there and network to promote your small business? Drew Kimble offers some practical tips.

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Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

When astronomers spot a new planet that’s too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

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MAG-LEV Audio Levitating Turntable

The world’s first levitating turntable spins records using a frictionless, zero gravity magnetic technology drive system.

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Christopher Marlowe credited as one of Shakespeare’s co-writers

Dramatists to appear jointly on title pages of Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three in the New Oxford Shakespeare after analysis by team of 23 academics

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Don’t Let Email Zombies Eat Up Your Day

The next time you want to interrupt yourself for a quick glance at your inbox, don’t.

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Are These The 10 Most Influential Poets In History, Or Nah?

We have questions.

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Powerless Structures: Elmgreen And Dragset At The Tel Aviv Art Museum

Elmgreen & Dragset, the world famous art duo, have brought their unexpected and fascinating exhibition to Israel.

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Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain™’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills

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Ingenious Hack for Sketching with Two Point Perspective Using an Elastic String

This quick video demonstrates how to use a long elastic string anchored at the horizon of a canvas to sketch a drawing with two point perspective. With as many art and drawing classes I’ve taken, I’ve never seen this method used before.

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A Levitating Wireless Speaker in the Shape of a Storm Cloud

Richard Clarkson Studio (previously) has teamed up with Crealev (previously) to produce a miniature floating cloud, one that hovers indoors while both playing your favorite music and lighting up in tune to the beat to replicate a storm.

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How Artists Can Work with Interior Designers

Four experts in interior design share insights on what artists need to know to work on residential and commercial design projects.

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Calling all women artists: the Brooklyn Museum wants to take your picture

Kim Schoenstadt takes her idea for a group portrait on the road from Los Angeles to New York

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A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, many were surprised. But many novelists cheered, and performers of all kinds — from William Shatner to Kesha — have been inspired by Dylan’s words.

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7 Ideas to Inspire Your Creativity

Feeling a lack of creativity? Try these 7 ideas to help you spark it and get back shooting and being creative again.

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The stunning geographic divide in American creativity

Where America’s most creative people live.

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Is Fidgeting A Productivity Tool? These Designers Think So

Click. Tick. SLAP.

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The game is up: Shakespeare’s language not as original as dictionaries think

Australian academic David McInnis claims literary bias by first editors of OED has credited Shakespeare with inventing phrases in common Elizabethan use

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F Scott Fitzgerald’s last unpublished stories to be released in 2017

The collection I’d Die for You contains works The Great Gatsby author was unable to sell in the 1930s because of its unexpected subject matter and style

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The secret DNA behind bestsellers

Is it possible to predict whether a book will sell well? Former publisher Jodie Archer and Matthew L Jockers, of Stanford University’s Literary Lab, built an algorithm to find out

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Indie bookshops turn a new page to fight off threat from Amazon

Spate of openings of ‘destination’ stores as owners offer drinks, performances and crafts to tempt customers away from Amazon

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The long, steady decline of literary reading

An American Tragedy. Even though we are better educated than ever, we are reading fewer books

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