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New Project? Every time…

Starting new projects - is it just me?

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The biggest waste of time is the time spent not getting started. Why do I allow myself to be held captive by irrational worries? Once I start a project, I begin to see it for what it is. And sure enough, the ideas come and I don’t need to fear it anymore. I start to enjoy the process of figuring out the puzzle…

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Creative Constraints

Creative Constraint

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One of my favourite classical works is Franz Liszt’s piano remix of Beethoven’s nine symphonies (here’s Gould playing No 6). He filters what what was created for an orchestra, squeezes it for two hands and one instrument. For me, it created a bridge to access and appreciate the original; a way in…

Black pen on white paper.

It’s a creative constraint that I’ve grown to love. Boil it down, then let it evolve.

Created whilst reviewing Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder.

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Wikipedia – Active vs Passive learning

Horrible Histories? Absolute genius. I’m sure it’s creation needs deep understanding in order to use the weapon of humour around a topic. I’ve found the same is true with imagery (indeed Horrible Histories uses imagery so well), and so I love it when my son is able to deploy his own Visual Thinkery in school homework – which often contains humour too, if he thinks he can get away with it. Teach to learn…

This off-the-cuff comment by Lucy Crompton-Reid at the recent OER conference resonated with me, and it illustrates one of the simplest techniques of creating thinkery: to draw out the contrast between two things.

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Stickerful People

Hall of fame

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What’s the collective noun for doodles? An infusion? A gung-ho of doodlewry? I thought so. One of the highlights of the recent stickery campaign was trawling through some supporters social profiles and turning them into a doodle. Each was like a puzzle – with some easier to figure out than others. Needless to say, I couldn’t keep up, but thoroughly enjoyed the sleuthing. Thanks again to these lovely now-stickerful people.

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My Workspace

bryan's workspace

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My Workspace by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND

Whilst slacking in the Creative Commons Slack channel, a few people were sharing their remote working setups (or for distributed organisations, their normal working setup). So I thought I’d create a quick sketch of mine. On reflection, I seem to have acquired a few boards: White, Chopping and Dart. The Chopping board has been one of the best work-hacks I’ve discovered (costing all of £8 from IKEA). It allows be to work at an angle to my desk, giving me more leg room, a healthier posture, and works a treat with an apple wireless keyboard hooked on the top of the board.

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Changing your mind – Ten Learnings

I recieve Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings by email as I’m sure many of you do, and I’m often drawn in by both the imagery and insight she shares in and around other creatives. A couple of months ago, I came across her Ten Learnings from Ten Years, which I thought immediately demanded to be brought to life with some visuals of their own. So I thought I’d give it a go. Here’s no.1…

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Fruit of the Commons

Before I started drawing, I was only remotely aware of Creative Commons – if at all. I remember coming across it a few years ago. Ah! Some people have taken a complicated thing and boiled it down so that people can use my stuff in an appropriate way? For free? Creative Commons is now central to my business model: Let others use your stuff. Every once in a while someone sees something out there I’ve created and thinks “I wonder if he can help us visually capture…”

This image was created for Olga Belikov at Creative Commons as part of #CCquest

Creative Commons – which role do you play?

In my experience, the awareness of what exactly the Creative Commons is, and what rights it affords you with respect to other people’s creative works, is at best patchy. During a conversational thinkery session with Alan Levine, we started to think through some of the roles people can play. I could give examples of all these roles, but I have a deep gratitude to those Defenders of the Commons – who understand it’s value, and why it needs protecting.

Of course, the best way to learn about the commons, is to share some of your own creative works…

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