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"Had Script, Needed WARRIORS" - 30 Lessons In Creativity via Jodorowsky's Dune

Greatest Film Never Made
"What is he purpose of life," the director Jodorowsky asks in this must view documentary film for any creative, "to create a soul". The amazing creativity and vision of El Topo's director is shared in a series of linked stories.

Much like any creative's mind, this film flies between the surreal, heroic, mystical and crazy. Stories about Orson Wells and Pink Floyd are rich in "sounds true" detail, but pales in comparison to the "I can't type that fast" advice shared.

Advice such as:

* Be all in.
* Be a prophet.

* When it comes to missions THINK BIG (something important for humanity).
* Start with clear ideas, but find and respect "light of genius".
* Challenge people to find their best.
* Give Morning Motivation speeches.
* Your VISION should become OUR IDEA.
* OUR Ideas become art.
* When you think you are looking at a rock its an object & vice versa.
* Lucky enough to meet a prophet FOLLOW HIM.
* Be supportive of others.

* Transport people. MOVE THEM.
* Look for and work with WARRIORS (life is too short for anything else).
* Imagine and then imagine again.
* No such thing as "too far".
* Let the work rule.
* One man's obsession is another man's art.
* MOTIVATE others.

* If you can Seduce Salvador Dali DO SO.
* Create enigmas.
* If chance puts Dali at your hotel, send him a strange note.
* When you find a clock in the sand discover who lost it.
* Create MOVEMENTS and ART with your life.
* If Dali asks you for a helicopter, GIVE IT TO HIM.
* Dali gets you Giger, Giger gets you Magma (and so on).
* If you can get a meeting with Mich Jagger, TAKE IT.
* If Andy Warhol invites to the FACTORY, go there.
* Plan everything, Plan Nothing (chance).
* When you see Orson Wells in a Paris restaurant, send wine.
* Live a EULOGY Life not a Resume Life.


That last bullet picks up on a great David Brooks TED Talk I wrote about on LinkedIn yesterday: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140717125545-13925622-are-you-living-a-resume-or-a-eulogy-life 


Hope you are living a Eulogy Life. Jodorowsky sure did. I had to be shoved kicking and screaming on the Eulogy train by the Big C. Glad I got on this train even if it turns out to be the last train from Clarksville :). M

Are you a "plural being"?



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6 Strategies To Find Fresh Ideas via HOW Design & 10 Ways Scenttrail Stays Creative

6 Strategies To Find Fresh Ideas via HOW Design & 10 Ways Scenttrail Stays Creative | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Shannon Stull Carrus shares six strategies that will help spark fresh ideas while working in-house.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great post on how to keep your creative edge no matter where you are:

* Learn from examples.
* Forget the Mood Board, Create a Vision Board.

* Talk to people outside your in-house team.

* Practice sensory deprivation.

* Find creative inspiration at hone.

* Search For Creative Inspiration on Vacation.

Here are ways I stay creative:

* Go to art museums.
* Buy art and print magazines and raid them for ideas.
* Paste stuff up around the room (only take it down when new ideas start coming).
* Do something ELSE (riding a bicycle is a great way to do an active, physical thing that clears out cobwebs).
* Get PHYSICAL - use pieces of paper or something physical instead of digital THEN go back to digital.
* Keep applying occam's Razor - whatever we've created cut in half and keep doing that long past where you thought there would be nothing to cut.
* Video your thinking and share it.
* Share where you are stuck with your tribe online.
* Ask for ideas online.

* Travel (something about being in a hotel with room service hellps creativity).


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Seth Godin on Art, Making a Difference, Settling for Less - HOW Design

Seth Godin on Art, Making a Difference, Settling for Less - HOW Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
HOW Design Live 2014 speaker Seth Godin writes in "The Icarus Deception" that creativity, seeing connections between disconnected things and recognizing novelty are keys to success in the new economy.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

How Design's take on Seth's latest book, Icarus Deception, is fascinating and focused on the creatives they serve. 

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12 Examples of Flat Web Design Inspire ~ Creative Market Blog

12 Examples of Flat Web Design Inspire ~ Creative Market Blog | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Buy and sell handcrafted, mousemade design content like vector patterns, icons, photoshop brushes, fonts and more at Creative Market.
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Flat website design is a major 2014 web design trend. Here are 12 examples of the art of flat website design. My favorite is the last example http://wistia.com/ .


Wondering why flat design is all the rage in 2014? Easy to answer in a single word - MOBILE.

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Margaux Brachotte's curator insight, April 1, 2014 4:33 AM

Jeunes gens voilà du FLAT !!!

Cezame conseil's curator insight, April 28, 2014 3:06 PM

Quelques exemples de sites Internet dans la tendance du "Flat design"

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Discomfort That Lies In Comfort - via HOW Design

Discomfort That Lies In Comfort - via HOW Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Todd Henry, author of "Die Empty," encourages us to be uncomfortable with comfort in a principle he developed from a quote from Kahlil Gibran.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Some Destruction Is Good
In college I heard a lecture by an art student. He insisted that the only creation left was destruction. When everything has been commoditized, marginalized and homogenized beyond some bland point destruction is all that left.

Didn't understand the lecture thirty years ago and am not sure I would go all the way there now, but comfort is an enemy to the restless soul creativity requires. Being satisfied is to accept way too much.

When we stop being willing to tear our preconceived notions down, to let new light onto our stage we limit our creative vision. Starving is not a requirement, but a little starving intellectual or otherwise can hone the senses and heighten receptors.

As Internet marketers we live in a constant state of vicious and unknown entropy like the surprise tsunami. Our most dangerous obsessions become anything that worked yesterday because there is less than no guarantee they will work tomorrow. There is an almost sure bet past strategies and the past YOU responsible for them have been washed away with the tide.

Now, using only new shells, driftwood and string washed ashore during the storm we construct a new castle on the beach. We are different. It is different just as it and the builder will be swept away again destroyed by yet another entropy tsunami.

To be comfortable in such a world is to be living a lie. Everyone needs repose, but denying the inevitable rotation, tide and destruction is to cling to a world already put asunder. The hardest thing about Internet marketing may be the growing realization the last person we can become "comfortable" with is ourselves. We must rotate, shift and roil like the tides.

 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Some Destruction Is Good
In college I heard a lecture by an art student. He insisted that the only creation left was destruction. When everything has been commoditized, marginalized and homogenized beyond some bland point destruction is all that left.

Didn't understand the lecture thirty years ago and am not sure I would go all the way there now, but comfort is an enemy to the restless soul creativity requires. Being satisfied is to accept way too much.

When we stop being willing to tear our preconceived notions down, to let new light onto our stage we limit our creative vision. Starving is not a requirement, but a little starving intellectual or otherwise can hone the senses and heighten receptors.

As Internet marketers we live in a constant state of vicious and unknown entropy like the surprise tsunami. Our most dangerous obsessions become anything that worked yesterday because there is less than no guarantee they will work tomorrow. There is an almost sure bet past strategies and the past YOU responsible for them have been washed away with the tide.

Now, using only new shells, driftwood and string washed ashore during the storm we construct a new castle on the beach. We are different. It is different just as it and the builder will be swept away again destroyed by yet another entropy tsunami.

To be comfortable in such a world is to be living a lie. Everyone needs repose, but denying the inevitable rotation, tide and destruction is to cling to a world already put asunder. The hardest thing about Internet marketing may be the growing realization the last person we can become "comfortable" with is ourselves. We must rotate, shift and roil like the tides.