I remember when I first discovered blogs. I spent an entire week, nearly 18 hours a day, reading. I was giddy with the discovery that somehow I had tapped into a previously unknown online world of intelligence and talent. I was hungry for knowledge and expression and it seemed that with the discovery of these new writers, a whole new world opened. It was all quite exhilarating and exhausting.
I always become very excited when I meet someone who has a brilliant mind or an incredible talent. To me the most complimentary thing I can say to a person is “You’re interesting”. And just like in the old days, I’m once again smitten with brilliant interesting minds that I’m discovering in a truly global arena. I’ve circled writers and photographers whose thoughts and visions encourage me to raise my own bar higher. Not only do I like that, but I had forgotten that I need it.Read More»
I’ve been on Google+ for exactly one week and have logged some pretty serious hours learning and experimenting so that you don’t have to. While the platform is still in BETA and is fairly simple in scope, the more I got into it the more compelling it became and the more there was to learn. Much of this was due to some of the extraordinary content being published there by members. I’m sure I’m going to have to post a follow up (or two or three) on Google+ but here are some of my thoughts so far and hopefully a bit of info to get those of you new to Google+ up and running.
Let’s start by explaining what Google+ is. It’s Google’s roll out of a new social media platform. A bit like Facebook, but cleaner. A bit like Twitter but more expansive. By invitation only, G+ is growing like crazy. As of this post, estimates are that G+ has amassed 18 million members. It still doesn’t compare to Facebook’s 500 million members, just announced by Zuckerberg yesterday, but considering G+ has only been available since June 28 and is not yet available for public consumption, it’s numbers are pretty impressive.
Google+ is a suite of several different start up products, with more to come. At present Google+ offers, of course, a newsfeed. Sparks culls together various recommendations based on your interests…art, design, fashion, photography etc. Hangout is a video chat service where you can chat with one friend or hold a conference with up to ten people at a time. Huddle is an sms/text messaging service, which I’m hoping will save me lots of dollars on my international sms fees. The main cool feature is called Circles which is how you organize your friends and deal with some pretty slick privacy features which neither Twitter or Facebook can compare. There is also intergradation with Picasa, Google’s photo platform.Read More»
Living a life of art and design doesn’t just mean hanging a new canvas in your living room or designing a great new logo. We can bring creativity and beauty into our lives in many ways. Here are 40 tips on how you can live a more inspired life.
1. Surround yourself with color – enjoy it, play with it, experiment with it. Put it on your walls, your couch and your body.
2. Clean House – A clean house is inspiring and sexy. Get rid of clutter.
3. Design your home or apartment – For me, my house is the place I work and where I retreat from work. Because it holds these dual purposes, it is important to separate the two. Good design creates a transition. Fill your space with the things you love.
4. Organize your financials. Free your mind to think about other things.
5. Take the weekend off – ‘nough said.
6. Try aromatherapy. Good smells inspire creativity.
7. Design yourself – Have fun.
8. Draw or paint even if you think you suck at it.
9. Subscribe to an art or design magazine.
10. Join an art or design organization.
11. Visit a museum – Great place for learning about so many things, plus they are filled with beautiful objects.
12. Attend an art opening
13. Visit an artist studio – Artists love to share their work. Call in advance, just in case.
14. Find a new hobby – creativity = creativity
15. Learn about art/design/fashion – take a class, watch a dvd, ask questions
16. Keep a journal
17. Listen to a wide variety of music, and dance!
19. When buying art, buy only art you love.
20. Daydream – every chance you get
My friend Natasha Lee, recently posted a quote of courage and strength on her facebook status. Natasha often leaves us with snippets of good will and encouragement but I was so taken and inspired by the quote that I went in search of other wisdoms. Here are some of my favorites:
In life at some point we all run into a personal hell, however we each personally hold the strength and the courage within our character to fight. Remember that. – as posted by Natasha
“Come to the edge,” He said. They said, “We are afraid.” “Come to the edge,” He said. They came. He pushed them…and they flew. – Guillaume ApollinaireRead More»