"Be wary of feedback that contradicts reaction. Lean in close and watch how people use it — before they think.”
Excellent action for transforming wine bottle labels into 3D mockups. Nothing needed except your flat design and Photoshop.
We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be. The only problem is that there is also so much other stuff, typically fixations with how people perceive us, how to get more of the things that we think will make us happy, and with keeping our weight down. So the real issue is how do we gently stop being who we aren’t? How do we relieve ourselves of the false fronts of people-pleasing and affectation, the obsessive need for power and security, the backpack of old pain, and the psychic Spanx that keeps us smaller and contained?
Here’s how I became myself: mess, failure, mistakes, disappointments, and extensive reading; limbo, indecision, setbacks, addiction, public embarrassment, and endless conversations with my best women friends; the loss of people without whom I could not live, the loss of pets that left me reeling, dizzying betrayals but much greater loyalty, and overall, choosing as my motto William Blake’s line that we are here to learn to endure the beams of love.”
“It’s fine to say, ‘This design isn’t working for me. My eye doesn’t know where to go on the page.’ Or ‘You appear to have buried the lead in the third paragraph.’ But don’t go deeper than that,” she says. “You identify the problem. They solve it.”
“1. Take a quarterly vacation
2. Hold a “retrospective” after projects
3. Write every day
4. Create an “interesting people fund”
5. Keep “tear sheets” to get inspired
6. Nap every day
7. Envision what you will be remembered for
8. Brainstorm at the bar
9. Get out of the building
10. Engage in “morphological synthesis””
99U culls 10 creative habits you should steal from worthy models like Cheryl Strayed, James Victore, and Ze Frank – details on each at the link.
Before you waste time churning out unwanted content, spend time figuring out what your ideal customer wants.
It’s up to marketers to align themselves with consumers, not the other way around.”
“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.”
"I want people to be forthright with me and tell me if I’m doing something wrong. I want them to tell me if I have something in my teeth."
"The worst thing that you can do to someone is not give them feedback, because it’s almost as if you’ve given up on them."
"I also want to build teams where people feel like they can bring their authentic self to work and that we accept that, embrace that, and use that diversity and that authenticity to our advantage to do amazing things."