I love living in a household of young inspired musicians. Meet our son Jackson, he’s 11 years old.

What are you doing to capture great ideas, memories, movements when they happen?

The editor of this home movie, Jeff Altman says:

“Shot by my grandfather on his Bell & Howell Filmo using 16mm Kodachrome film stock. This footage was taken a year after the California theme park opened.

It was quite a surprise going through this and seeing my grandmother meeting Walt Disney himself!”

Word as Image [video]

October 11, 2011 — Leave a comment

Challenge: Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.

Word as Image invites you to see letters beyond their utilitarian dullness. It’s about discovering the magic behind the unique shapes and infinite possibilities of letters and words. This book showcases nearly 100 of Ji Lee’s head-scratching word images, along with tips to help you create your own and share them at http://www.wordasimage.com.

About the Author
Ji Lee is a designer and frequent contributor to the New York Times whose work has been featured on ABC World News and in Newsweek, Wired, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, and Boing Boing, among others. A former creative director at Google, he is now a creative director at Facebook.

Read more about Ji Lee’s book here http://amzn.to/pYTpcr

“An individual artist needs only a thousand true fans in her tribe. It’s enough.” -Seth Godin

 We’ve created a expectation in business about generating buzz about our brands and products via social media.

 While this whole concept has paid the bills for me at times, it’s a labor of love at best. In the past year there have been numerous requests to “create some buzz.” So are here some thoughts on this idea:

-buzz, should be replaced by consistent messaging.

-buzz, should be replaced by engaging your tribe and uncovering where they live

-buzz, is not a magical process.

-buzz, while some of us might have a Klout profile that says “Broadcaster” there is no substitute for strategy, planning, and hustle.

-buzz, should be measured, and not always repeated

 What are you doing to control the buzz?

7 Lessons from 3 Years

October 10, 2011 — Leave a comment

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative”.-Woody Allen

I have been thinking lately about what I’ve experienced in the past 3 years while working from home in my pajamas. There was a blend of success, failure, silence, encouragement, busyness, boredom, creativity…

I want to share with you some notions that pulled me though it all. These are not secret, special, or sacred, they are solely my own thoughts:

-when I learned to stop responding to my circustances I grew into my most creative state

-I sought out art, writing, music, film that changed my perspectives

-long conversations with my wife about everything in detail

-I tried to learn from the successes and failures and continue to use this wisdom to help others

-the extreme pressure from this time period has influenced me to forget about the box that I thought I had to think outside of…when there is no box, you have only your ideas. 

-Seth Godin taught me that I was a creative who had been trapped in the factory-mentality.

-God loves me and uniquely created me