Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Fonts to Amaze and Inspire

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

If the creative design side of your brain needs a bit of stimulation, here is a bevy of typographic designs to inspire and amaze. Designers from around the world post their work on Behance and this image article in Creative Blog offers up 25 of what they consider the best.

In addition to the truly awe-inspiring creations, the piece tells you a little about each artist and links you to their websites so you can check out more of their work.

For instance, the design above was created by “Alex Trochut, a typographer and graphic designer based in Barcelona. He has worked as a freelancer since 2007 and gained clients such as Pepsi, Wallpaper* and Audi. His experimental style has earned him critical acclaim from across the board and with a philosophy of ‘more is more,’ his array of work is a perfect example of embracing the endless spectrum of font formats.”

Do you have a favorite?

Can the Hacker Philosophy Change the World?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Last week Cogswell College was lucky enough to have renowned futurist, inventor and hacker spend the day on campus meeting with students and faculty and visiting each of our project-based learning studio classes – Project X, MediaWorks, Studio E and Game Studio.

Pablos also delivered a noontime talk exploring the reasons why hacking is important and how that eventually led to working as an inventor at the Intellectual Ventures Lab outside Seattle. His philosophy is simple, hacking things and breaking them is we learn things and then how we can change things. He offered a number of examples of things people had hacked but he finished by saying, “I’m telling you about these guys because they think differently, they are the people who don’t read the directions and that’s the key to new ideas and new ways to use things.”

He sees the hacker philosophy as the key to solving the world’s problems which is how he became involved with the Intellectual Ventures Lab. The focus of the lab is on the beginning stages of invention, validating the concept and refining the technology to demonstrate its potential for commercial or humanitarian use. He talked about some of the projects the lab is working on ranging from shooting mosquitoes down with lasers in the effort to fight malaria to a system to reuse, and thus reduce, nuclear waste to produce energy.

For a more comprehensive description of the these and other projects his team is working on, check out the Ted Talk he gave in 2012.

The Secrets to Hacking Your Life

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Nick Floyd, a Developer at New Relic in Portland, recently decided his life need a little ‘hacking’ so in true nerd fashion set up a series of experiments to test his life improvement theories and then reported his findings in the company blog.

He decided to focus on three areas: his health, his environment and his mind. He said, “My findings surprised me a bit because I saw myself as a different kind of nerd – the nocturnal, antisocial, Red Bull-chugging, Pringles-eating developer. Stereotypes aside, I think of these areas as the ‘Nerd’s hierarchy of needs.’ When any of them are misaligned, then you’ll find mediocrity not far behind.”

His first experiment centered on exploring his health. According to Floyd, “Years ago, I was able to throw code 100 hours per week, get a little sleep, drink a Mountain Dew, rinse and repeat.” He wondered if this was really the best approach so:

Week 1: Come into work a little later, go home / have family time; then, after everyone was sleeping, write code from 10:00pm – 2:00am

Week 2: Come into work around 6:00 – 7:00am and leave at 4:00pm; go home with a closed laptop and go to sleep at a consistent time

Much to his surprise, week two was the solid winner.

Check out the blog post to discover what he learned about hacking his environment and his mind.

What areas of your life do you want to consider hacking?

Stuck in a Rut? Some Ideas to Reinvigorate Your Creativity

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

As a student, the pressure of constantly producing content for class assignments can sometimes make you feel like your creativity has hit a brick wall.

This blog in ArtProMotivate offers some tips to help you get back on track. Ideas range from things as simple as taking a walk to gaining a new perspective by talking to children or senior citizens. The goal is to get out of your own head and look at the world around you with a fresh set of eyes.

What other things do you do to unleash your creativity?

Five Ways to Improve Your Creativity

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Even creative people – or maybe, especially creative people – occasionally hit creative blocks. They have looked at the same problem in the same way and need some mental gymnastics to move past where they are and to gain a different perspective.

This article in the Ketchum blog offers tips for creating that “supple mind” and giving your creativity an all-important boost.

Do you have other tricks for inspiring your creativity?

Sony Shines in Golden Globe Ad

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Bringing together art and engineering talent.

Sony is running a multifaceted media campaign that harkens back to their early days of innovation and pushing the envelope. They ran an ad during the Golden Globes award show that got to the heart of their philosophy. When I watched the video clip, all I could think was that sure looks like a day at Cogswell College.

They say, “When you combine the artist with the engineers, you get something really new – something special.” The ad went on to say, “when great thinkers combine with great doers, 1 + 1 can equal 3.” So true! Great things happen when you create an environment that encourages – and even demands – collaboration across disciplines.

Walk into any classroom at Cogswell, step into the student lounge or listen to conversations taking place in our hallways – and you know you are in a unique place. Students and faculty are passionate about what they do and are eager to learn from each other.

Our next Open House is February 22. Why not RSVP now and come see for yourself how well we have integrated art and engineering? Step into our world of possibilities.

Sony Kicks Off New Visionaries Campaign with “Just Imagine”

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

In a campaign is designed to drive consumers to see and experience the Sony 4K TVs, the company brings creative innovators together, pairs them with new Sony technology and encourages them to unleash their imaginations.

According to the report in CG World, “the spot sets several important milestones, as it is among first commercials to embrace true 4K both in production and delivery (with a companion piece being shown in 4K at retail locations), utilizing the technology that raises definition by four times that of your standard HD television. Additionally, the spaceship created by VFX company MPC is the largest asset ever created for TV.”

This first production was directed by Garth Davis (co-director of Top of the Lake) and shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda ( Life of Pi), and imagines the limitless potential of Davis’ vision, as realized through the new 4K Ultra High Definition TV.

Check out the video of the commercial.

What do you think about the commercial and the potential for the 4K technology?

The 10 Best Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Over the past year, Entrepreneurs’ series “Startup of the Month” asked successful entrepreneurs what advice they have for others looking to take the leap into the startup world. From ignoring what goes wrong to dismissing some advice and surrounding yourself with amazing people, here is the best advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Check out this slideshow presentation to find out what the founders of OrganicLife, Enigma, Zady, Soma, Locu and others have to say.

What piece of advice do you think will be most helpful as you develop your business?

Not Your Typical New Year Resolutions

Monday, December 30th, 2013

According to the USA.gov website some of the most popular new year resolutions are: Drink less alcohol, eat healthier, lose weight, manage stress, manage debt – no big surprises here.

This was first published in 2009 by Carole Summerville but we think it’s worth sharing again. It’s a great reminder that some resolutions can make our lives better and the world a better place.

Tell us about the resolution you plan to make.

10 Short Animated Films Considered for an Oscar

Friday, December 27th, 2013

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies and whenever available, a link to the trailer.

Feral,” Daniel Sousa, director, and Dan Golden, music and sound design (Daniel Sousa)

Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan, director, and Dorothy McKim, producer (Walt Disney Feature Animation)

Gloria Victoria,” Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada)

Hollow Land,” Uri Kranot and Michelle Kranot, directors (Dansk Tegnefilm, Les Films de l’Arlequin and the National Film Board of Canada)

The Missing Scarf,” Eoin Duffy, director, and Jamie Hogan, producer (Belly Creative Inc.)

Mr. Hublot,” Laurent Witz, director, and Alexandre Espigares, co-director (Zeilt Productions)

“Possessions,” Shuhei Morita, director (Sunrise Inc.)

“Requiem for Romance,” Jonathan Ng, director (Kungfu Romance Productions Inc.)

“Room on the Broom,” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, directors (Magic Light Pictures)

Subconscious Password,” Chris Landreth, director (National Film Board of Canada with the participation of Seneca College Animation Arts Centre and Copperheart Entertainment)

Do you have a favorite?