Art makes data sticky

Laurie Frick is a data artist. She uses self-tracking data to construct hand-built works and installations to imagine a time when sensors track and predict our behavior: Hear her talk about her work in this CreativeMornings talk.

CreativeMornings in Copenhagen, Rio + Charleston

squarespace unlocking new cities

CreativeMornings is searching for three outstanding organizers who want to bring CreativeMornings to: Copenhagen (Denmark), Charleston (USA), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). To kickstart these chapters, the chosen organizers will each receive a $1000 (USD) starter sponsorship from Squarespace for their first events.

In the last five years, 71 volunteer teams have hosted over 1000 free CreativeMornings lectures to create an open, accessible space for their local creative communities to meet up and share ideas. Interested? Learn more here.

A Dreamer’s Childhood

From Idaho to Haiti, Justin Lyon of Yo Gabba Gabba! speaks on building self-esteem, celebrating the weird, and Biz Markie while speaking at CreativeMornings/Los Angeles. With a simple wish of helping foster creativity in youth, Yo Gabba Gabba! has continued to amaze and garner awards as one of the zaniest, unconventional children’s shows that is just as appealing to kids as it is to adults.

Rebel Wisdom

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Shutterstock, our official CreativeMornings partner for visual inspiration, created a set of beautifully illustrated posters based on CreativeMornings talk quotes. They totally made me smile. See them all here.

San Francisco, Boston and Milan!

CreativeMornings looking for new hosts

Do you live in San Francisco, Boston or Milan? If so, you should know that CreativeMornings is looking for new organizers!

CreativeMornings began to spread from NYC to new cities in 2009. Among the first chapters to come on board were San Francisco, Boston, and Milan. After almost 100 free events in these cities hosted by volunteer organizers and their teams, it’s time to pass the torch.

We’re getting some help from our friend, Freddie at MailChimp! Each new organizer will receive a $1,000 (USD) starter sponsorship from MailChimp for their chapter’s first event.

Interested? Or, know the right person? Send them here.

Every (Creative) Parent Should Watch This Talk:

In this short CreativeMorning talk Jonnie Hallman talks about how his father’s work has turned him into the maker he is today. As a parent and a maker this talk really moved me. Every (creative) parent should watch it.

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Stop shooting, We love you

(the sound is not all that good, just hang in there, trust me, it’s worth it)

Wow. This is hands down one of the most powerful talks of CreativeMornings’ month around Bravery: Vanessa German speaks at our Pittsburgh chapter on how love is the only way to stop violence and hate. Everything she knows about bravery, she says, she learned through love and love is what is helping her stop the shootings in her neighborhood.

Vanessa is an actress, playwright, sculptor, performer and educator. She is the founder of, “Love Front Porch” and Homewood’s Art House, and the “STOP SHOOTING, WE LOVE YOU” yard signs.

Vanessa German is one brave woman.

Max Temkin

In this CreativeMornings talk Max Temkin explains why he thinks the often heard advice “do what makes you happy, follow your dreams” is complete BS.

Max is the co-creator of the hilarious and beloved party game for horrible people, Cards Against Humanity. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

Are you a pleasure to have around?

“The person who gets the gig is the person who knows how to hang. Nobody hires you because you’re the best musician.”
— Larry Legend.

Watch my studiomate Larry Legend’s CreativeMornings talk.

Debbie Millman on Criticism

A wonderful short in which the lovely Debbie Millman speaks on seeking out criticism. Taken from her wonderful CreativeMornings talk.

The New CreativeMornings.com

New CreativeMornings.com

It’s been a little over a year since the CreativeMornings Kickstarter when we were humbled by the response from our 1200 backers. And today is the big day, where we unveil our new site. And yes, I am about to burst of excitement. I am incredibly moved by what CreativeMornings has turned into.

What started exactly five years ago in my studio has grown into a 57 chapter strong global organization, featuring speakers from Milton Glaser and Seth Godin to Jessica Hische and Erik Spiekermann. Obviously, I never could have imagined what CreativeMornings has become. Ever.

The new site was carefully handcrafted by my extraordinary studiomates of Oak Studios. And, in true CM spirit, the site translation into 10 languages was done by our chapter organizers! (You can change the language selection in the footer of the site)

The new website features include a full, searchable, sortable archive of every CreativeMornings talk. Every chapter now has a dedicated chapter sections to stay up to date with your local event. Take a look at Berlin for example. You now have the ability to live tag quotes from a video, post comments, save talks to watch later and ♥ favorite videos. But my favorite part of it all is the People section filled with attendee profiles from around the world. (Notice the ‘single’ filter? Grin!)

Today’s launch also marks the announcement of CM’s Official Partners: MailChimp, Shutterstock, and Squarespace. These like-minded companies support our growth and are a key reason why CreativeMornings can exist worldwide, for free. They make sure CreativeMornings is in good hands with an amazing full-time dedicated team: Kevin, Carly, Sally and Kate.

Enough with words! Have a look at the new site, play around, claim your username, and make a profile! This is only the beginning.

A big giant thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers that made this new site possible. An special thank you goes to 4ormat, Mailchimp, Squarespace, RISD and Andrew Zuckerman for the extra generous contribution.

CreativeMornings/Video: Chris Glass

At May’s CreativeMornings/Cincinnati, my dear friend Chris Glass got personal and shared what makes him tick and why design is ‘awesome’. (His own words!) Chris is one of my favorite people. You should watch his talk.

CreativeMornings with Seth Godin

THE Seth Godin was our speaker at last week’s CreativeMornings/NewYork, generously hosted by The New School.

In his talk, Seth challenges our perception of work. He talks about how people who take responsibility are often given responsibility and how these days, we all carry media companies in our pockets. Trust me, watching this talk is 20 minutes well spent. You can also watch the Q&A following his talk here.

Having Seth as a speaker was nothing short of a true honor. I am so grateful. You too? Let’s tell him.

A big thank you to Ben Hallman for filming and editing.

Pleasure, Flow + Meaning

The inspiring Ping Fu gave a fantastic CreativeMornings talk in January. This is a short we just released where she talks about her personal recipe for happiness: Pleasure, Flow + Meaning.

(A big thank you to Ben for taping our talks!)

Attitude

Attitude

A quote from Ping Fu’s moving CreativeMornings talk last month.

CreativeMornings Theme: Money

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CreativeMornings is continuing with themes for each month. January was Happiness, and for February our Zurich host Daniel chose Money.

Amsterdam-based artist Tim Boelaars collaborated with us to illustrate the topic. And we are thrilled to have Squarespace as our global partner and help us make this month happen.

Jessica Jackley, the founder of Kiva, will be our speaker in New York on February 15th. RSVP will open on Monday the 11th, at 11am. More info here.

I can’t wait to see all the different interpretations of Money in relation to creativity. This will be interesting.

Did you see last month’s moving New York talk by Ping Fu?

CreativeMornings: Ping Fu

For our first global CreativeMornings theme of 2013 “Happiness,” we had the honor to have Ping Fu share her moving story with us.

Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for being born into a well educated family. To be deported and having to start over without family or friends.

She also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software innovator, a CEO and Inc magazine’s entrepreneur of the year. To give speeches that inspire and to advise the president of the United States.

Ping Fu’s story is a story of two worlds. A story of pure human resilience.

A big thank you to Ben Hallman for filming and editing Ping’s talk and to Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn for hosting us.

CreativeMornings introduces Themes

“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari

I am truly excited to announce that CreativeMornings will be hosting unified themes across our 40+ chapters in 2013. This month, over 5,000 attendees will meet up at CreativeMornings events on six continents for speakers that relate to our January theme, “Happiness”.

Imagine 40+ local conversations all contributing to a much bigger global conversation. I truly believe that this is what will set CreativeMornings apart from any other organization and that will connect our communities across the globe. I can not wait to see how our host cities interpret the themes. Exciting times!

A big thank you to Mailchimp for sponsoring the themed month!

CreativeMornings Short with George Lois

Design legend George Lois ended his fantastic CreativeMornings talk with powerful advice for us creative types: It’s all about being courageous. Watch it, it’s only 1:40min.

(What do you think of this new format of us sharing CreativeMornings Shorts?)

George Lois’ CreativeMornings talk at the Met

Last month, CreativeMornings/NewYork teamed up with Spectrum and invited advertising legend George Lois to the Met in celebration of the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop.

Lois is perhaps best known for the more than ninety-two covers he designed for Esquire magazine between 1962 and 1972, but he is also a prolific art director and author. A fantastic talk, by a design legend, in a humbling venue. A magical morning all around.

The 500 people event took place in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, November 16, 2012! George’s talk was filmed by Met staff and edited by Ben Hallman. You can see photos of the event over on Flickr thanks to Katherine Miles Jones.

What’s Your Best Piece of Advice?

At the last CreativeMornings/NewYork we asked: What’s your best piece of advice. Here are some of the answers.



All photos by the wonderful Katherine Jones.

CreativeMornings Video: Maira Kalman

Our speaker at the October 2012 CreativeMornings/NewYork was the incredibly charming, deep and thoughtful Maira Kalman. Maira is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and product designer. She has illustrated numerous covers for The New Yorker magazine and has written and illustrated more than a dozen children’s books. Her articles and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Interview, and many other publications.

The event was generously hosted by the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

And it’s thanks to the generous filming and editing work of Ben Hallman that you are able to watch this talk online. If you would like photos of the event, please check our Flickr set. All photos by the wonderful Katherine Miles Jones.

Big Giant Bacon

Today we had our extra special Benefit CreativeMornings with two thoughtful talks by Jason Santa Maria and Simon Collison. The talks were nothing short of fantastic and I can not wait to share them. And how much fun was it to sip Mimosas at 9am and indulge in some photobooth fun! Check the photos here.

#happytuesday