Many museums post their collections online, but the Rijksmuseum has taken the unusual step of offering downloads of high-resolution images at no cost, encouraging the public to copy and transform its artworks into stationery, T-shirts, tattoos, plates or even toilet paper.
“We’re a public institution, and so the art and objects we have are, in a way, everyone’s property,”
The German Parliament recently took a huge step that would eliminate software patents (PDF) when it issued a joint motion requiring the German government to ensure that computer programs are only covered by copyright.
The Parliament's motion follows a similar announcement made by New Zealand's government last month (PDF), in which it determined that computer programs were not inventions or a manner of manufacture and, thus, cannot be patented.
This is a welcome trend. Though there have been many proposals to limit the harmful effects of patent trolls in the United States, the discussion has stayed away from addressing a larger, root issue: the flood of software patents. While many in the U.S. are bogged down in discussions of demarcation between what is software and what is not, the rest of the world is taking bold action.
I think the iPad is just the right device at the right time, bringing a book-sized intuitive interface to millions of households with kids overnight. Within just months of getting an iPad, my child & I began reading nearly 50% of all our kid’s books in the form of iPad apps.
This revolution is also fueled by the unique quality of ‘apps’ themselves. These small, discrete bits of software can be downloaded from anywhere in the world, then deleted and ‘stored’ in the ‘cloud’ for re-downloading anytime, like a library at your fingertips. They even ‘update’ for free most of the time, staying compatible with the latest OS. It also doesn’t hurt that ‘apps’ are hip. And the prices are remarkable, compared to new print picture books, making them extremely accessible (although the price-point of the device itself will likely remain a barrier to true accessibility for some time).
You want to be an artist? Don’t be ridiculous! Everyone is an artist these days! That’s because everyone listened to Joseph Beuys, who said that everyone was an artist. So you’re probably just an artist who hasn’t realised it yet. For sure, you’re probably going to be an out-of-work artist fairly shortly, but don’t be so negative! Being an artist isn’t something that you do, it’s something that you are. Except when it’s something that you do. To guarantee that you’ll stay ahead of the artist pack, or at least head-above the sea of shit your peers will soon be swimming in, you need to become more than an artist; you need to become an art brand.
If you love movies as much as I do, then you will have noticed that some movie posters are whole works of art. There are so many different ways in which you can design a poster, and so many different emotions you can express in such a small space.
Today, we’re on the brink of a new digital paradigm, where the capabilities of our technology are beginning to outstrip our own. Computers are deciding which products to stock on shelves, doing legal research and even winning game shows.
When it comes to doing creative work, it’s important to not only look for ways to let our creativity thrive, but to also be mindful of insidious “creativity killers” that can sneak up and strangle our ability to come up with our best ideas. According to research from Harvard University, there are five main culprits that are responsible for killing our creativity..
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