If you're a living breathing American, you're well-aware the Superbowl is on Sunday. Past that piece of information, there are two sides of the fence - those who are excited about the game, and those who are excited about the party to watch the game. If you're part of the latter, this video is for you:

Posted: 1/29/2014 2:13:22 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments

The other day we went over how to execute your well-intentioned New Year's resolution to be more creative. Lucky you, that wasn't our entire bag of tricks! There's more you can do:

Work With Your Hands


Learn a traditional printing method. Working with your hands is more useful if it stems from age-old traditions and the basis of modern design: screen printing and letterpress. There are studios throughout the Northeast, and whether you look into Union Press or Artisan's Asylum in Somerville or The Arm in Brooklyn, learning the art of screen printing or letterpress can be worth the time, creatively and socially.

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Get a sketchbook. Don't spend too much on one or you'll end up not letting yourself use it casually, for unfinished work. If you aren't motivated on your own, do something like The Sketchbook Project, where your sketchbook becomes one of hundreds in an annual group exhibit.

Be Inspired By Others


Browse Behance. Important to note: don't copy people. Use other people's projects as a source of inspiration for techniques or color combinations, or to kick start an idea that's been brewing but isn't fully formed.


Use money as motivation. There are lots of ways to make a little moola on the side (and who couldn't use some extra?). Minted is an online stationery, card, and gift marketplace that has a unique competition structure based on designer-submissions. Winners receiver 6% commission whenever their design is purchased on the site. Another option is Society6, a site that supports artists by allowing them to upload work to be sold on various products, the artists determining the portion of the sale they receive.

Create a Good Environment


Find what works for you. I'd love to say make sure you have an area without clutter so there's space to work, but sometimes that's what people need. Maybe try saving clippings that inspire you? But maybe that's not your style either. Point is: figure out what kind of space you need in order to get stuff done. Leave an area in your living space entirely clear so there's no obstacle when you want to sit down and work on a project, or dedicate that corner desk to be your creative spot and don't pile up bills or papers there.


Get some noise. Most people need to tune out real life in some capacity in order to hunker down and make things. Make a playlist (or pick one based on your mood on Stereomood), or create the ambiance of the working in a coffee shop with Coffitivity. It's pretty awesome, actually. They have various coffee shop environments to choose form, and if you're the type who just needs a little white noise in the background, it's perfect.

Hopefully you found some good ideas in here. We wish you the best of luck with all of your creative endeavors this year!

Posted: 1/18/2014 2:03:22 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments

It might seem a bit too broad, but "Be More Creative" is a New Year's resolution that forms a solid foundation for having a good year. And before March rolls along and we've all forgotten our intentions for the beginning of the year, let us give you some suggestions.

Devote Time To It

Schedule it in. Like anything else, you need to put aside time for any and all activities related to your goal in order to assure it can be done and avoid the easy excuse of not having enough time. If you make time, you'll have time.

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Make it a group thing. Meet up with friends for a Drink and Draw night, have a monthly meeting where you share progress on projects, or give each other mini-assignments. Kill two birds with one stone - hang out with buds and keep yourself motivated creatively at the same time.



Use the idea of 'Automated Directives.' You know how they say smiling when you're unhappy will actually change your mood for the better? Forcing yourself to create, in any capacity, every day will keep the juices flowing. Draw one thing every morning, write down three good things that happened that day before you go to bed. Kate Bingaman-Burt, an artist who drew everything she purchased for an entire year, has a great talk on the subject.

Do Something New



Take a class on Skillshare. Most are learn-at-your-own pace, project-based courses, taught by industry professionals who love what they do. They have a great range of topics to learn about, from hand lettering to building a web app, and put a great emphasis on students helping students. Major bonus: the classes are super affordable.

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Go to an event. Slam poetry at a bar down the street. Never been? Go. Live bluegrass on Monday nights? Do it. Watching other people do things they are passionate about is invigorating. You'll leave the event with a creative buzz.


Get a Groupon. An inexpensive skydiving trip, a helicopter ride around the city, or even a deal on a hotel in the town you live in- all of these things can stimulate your brain, taking it out of it's daily routine (and possibly giving you an adrenaline boost). Take advantage of the fact that Groupon sends you ideas every day for new activities you might not be drawn to, and push yourself to do them! Even a small change can spark new thought patterns and bring you some good ideas.

Plenty more where this came from. Stay tuned for more tips tomorrow!

Posted: 1/14/2014 11:33:57 AM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments