Category Archives: Creative thinking

Hello World! Documentary about creative coding and the processing software

I am a big fan of Processing and Generative Design and yes learning the software would be on top of my bucket list – if I would have one. The software is free to download and you can use it right away via processing.org – there are  a lot of tutorials and examples on the site. There is a new documentary that could be a perfect intro into the theme of processing.

Hello World! Processing is a very nice documentary on creative coding with a lot of examples that explores the role that ideas such as process, experimentation and algorithm play in this creative field featuring artists, designers and code enthusiasts.

If you like the video, you may also like this book: Generative Design.

generative_design_en_book

The website completes the book Generative Design. It offers direct access to all processingsource code for the software described in the book. Very nice!

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What’s your Story – Around the World in 80 Brands

Today I had the pleasure to be at the book presentation of CoolBrands – Around the World in 80 Brands (www.aroundtheworldin80brands.com), an initiative by Anouk Papers and Maarten Schäfer. The stories about 80 brands and opinion leaders are written in a personal narrative style and are easy to read and share. Here is an excerpt of the impressive list: Richard Branson, Louis Vuitton, Diesel, Oscar Niemeyer, Amazon, Bacardi, Harley-Davidson and many more.

I am very proud that my client Vlisco is also featured as one of the 80 Brands!
Vlisco – The Afro-European love brand

As Creative Companion I am working since autumn 2011 for Vlisco, I was responsible for the relaunch of www.vlisco.com this year. At the moment I am working on a microsite for the persona development and on ‘maybe the nicest storytelling website on african fashion’: Vlisco Stories (now in the test phase, will be open for public later this year).

More than 10.000 views on SlideShare

Just got a mail from slideshare that my presentations & documents have been viewed more than 10.000 times,  wow that’s cool –  a moment to celebrate!

Here are the Top three:

and there are some more: http://www.slideshare.net/creacomp

 

Elevator-Pitch vs. Pater Noster Pitch

The New Job Circus and C’n’B in Cologne was great. Most fun part was the pater-noster-pitch with mentors.

All 11 winners of the New Job Circus could pitch their ideas in one round of the pater noster, very sporty and very exciting!

More info on The New Job Circus

Creativity & Business Convention with New Job Circus

From 20th tot 22nd June there will be the Creativity & Business Convention in Cologne, Germany. The C’n’B (#cnb12) is organized in combination with the c/o Pop Festival – a nice combination of creativity, business and music.

I am happy to take part in the New Job Circus (initiated by Peter Schreck and Holger Nils Pohl) to present my concept of CREATIVE COMPANION and Music Thinking.

CREATIVE COMPANION

About New Job Circus

The world of work is changing fast. Temporary project-based collaboration with freelancers and specialist micro-companies is absolutely standard in the agency world and becoming increasingly common for companies too.

Against a background of digitalisation and other developments, we are interested in innovative and intelligent specializations, new niche services and “jobs 2.0”. The New Job Circus programme of presentations, discussions and workshops is designed to trigger an open dialogue between “small” and “large” organisations. One ring, 10 winning micro-companies, ample knowledge transfer and a myriad of networking opportunities.

The Circus is geared towards generating responses and solutions to the following questions:

1. What new job profiles are currently emerging in the freelance/micro-company market?

2. What new job profiles will agencies and companies be looking for in the future?

3. What kind of interfaces and processes will be needed to bring together knowledge, supply and demand and build up an infrastructure to support partnerships and collaboration?

Short presentation (german)

Three TED-Talk-Perspectives on Creativity and Happiness

List making – the design approach


Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a journey through moments of his life that made him happy. Renowned for album covers, posters and his recent book of life lessons, designer Stefan Sagmeister invariably has a slightly different way of looking at things. I also like the idea to have lists for e.g. ‘things in my life I have done so far’

Collecting – The storytelling approach


Jonathan Harris is an artist and storyteller working primarily on the Internet with a human approach. He is using computer science, statistics, story telling and visual arts as tools. His works include projects like the lyrical Balloons of Bhutan or the storytelling platform and ‘public library of human experience’ Cowbird.

Flow – the scientific approach


Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks what’s the source of happiness? And his answer comes down to this: Beyond a certain point (and it’s not very far), money doesn’t affect happiness too much. Rather, as his research shows, we tend to be most happy when we get immersed, almost lost in, being creative and performing at our best. It’s an ecstatic state that he calls “flow.”

All snapshots from 2011 – Music Thinking Weekly

This is the snapshot archive from every week of 2011 of ‘Music Thinking Weekly’.
It’s easy to browse all the weeks including all the articles posted with the hashtag #musicthinking via @MusicThinking
More info on Music Thinking: www.musicthinking.com

Learnings after one week of ‘rapid’ prototyping a ceramic product

Since one week my partner and I are working on a new ceramic product at sundaymorning@ekwc . We started with an idea how to make an old product better. As preparation we began with sketches, modeling in 3D and finally printing the model in Styropor and PU, then we started to learn how the ceramic production works and began on day one with ‘building a mould’. Without getting too much into detail (this will come at a later point), here are some first learnings, that may be applied to other projects, material, idea’s …

  1. Ceramic is a complicated material with many variations and possibilities
  2. There is a big difference between timing and time
  3. ‘Rapid prototyping’ does not mean ‘quick prototyping’
  4. A 3D model of the final product is not the same as a model for the mould
  5. There are many possibilities, you just have to try ‘one’ for the beginning. Repeat!
  6. Broken pieces does not mean broken dreams.
  7. Finally (the #musicthinking one): ceramic is more like Morton Feldman’s For Philip Guston and less John Zorn’s Spy vs. Spy

will be continued …