Inspiration

What the flexible designer learns from clients

During my Fabricant Way interview with Matt Dilling of Lite Brite Neon Studio,  He described his clients as “teachers who…help change our view on the medium, change our view on our technique, and change our view of the world around us.” Do you listen to what they tell you about their unique project and then…

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How 6 Brooklyn entrepreneurs brought their business ideas to life

What do the owners of a boutique lingerie shop, a recycler of reclaimed vinyl, a lending library visionary, a real-life Willy Wonka, and a neon artist have in common? Tweet More than you might think, and the common threads that ran through our interviews with the modern-era fabricants can teach creatives valuable lessons on bringing…

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5 times visualization can empower entrepreneurs

In 1996, Israeli author and politician Natan Sharansky beat the chess world champion Garry Kasparov. He’d gained his chess expertise during nine years in a Soviet prison, and he did so without the benefit of a chessboard or a partner. Rather, he’d spent those years visualizing himself practicing to oust the standing champion. Likewise, research…

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Why you should start building your creative tribe today

Back in May, Tina Roth Eisenberg of SwissMiss fame, shared a quote by Adrienne Rich that struck a chord:   “The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life.”   In order for alchemy to occur – in…

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5 worthwhile splurges for busy bosses

While perusing the Being Boss Facebook page, I stumbled across a discussion about the unique stressors that women in business face. Though men have taken on more responsibilities in relationships, families, and home maintenance, the majority of the weight still falls on the shoulders of women. As we embrace our roles as titans of enterprise, as…

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Welcome spring with an inspired side project

During wintertime, the color drains out of the landscape. We hunker down in our familiar studios and apartments to avoid the bitter cold, effectively cutting ourselves off from novel sights and sounds. It’s dark and drab and a bit depressing. It’s not uncommon for creatives to hibernate during the winter. Even if we don’t choose…

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5 fun ways entrepreneurs can get back into creative genius mode

It’s an exhilarating thought to wake every day and recognize that you will define the work that you do that day, that you are in control of your destiny, that youcan impact your community directly through your decisions. You can bring solutions to problems and color to dark corners. As creative entrepreneurs, we have a tremendous amount of potential and…

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Start drawing today – even if you’re not good at it

DRAWING IS GOOD FOR YOU. In the inky darkness of the caves of Lascaux more than 15,000 years ago, early humans carefully painted sketches of wild animals on the walls using stains from plants and minerals. This was during the last glacial period, when much of northern Europe was still covered in sheets of ice.…

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A transcendent marketing stunt: Van Gogh’s AirBnB listing

MORE THAN A MARKETING STUNT   You’ve probably seen the AirBnB listing created by the advertising agency Leo Burnett for a unique Art Institute of Chicago marketing campaign. It’s a live-in work of art. The apartment in question is in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, and the room is an exquisite recreation of Van Gogh’s painting ‘The…

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My Favorite Resources for Inspiration

Anywhere you look, there’s something to learn and be inspired by. Inspiration comes in many shapes and lives in many mediums, but sometimes we might decide to go out and find it… These are my favorite resources for getting inspired:

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