Moving Day and a Tour of the New Digs

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Hi,
If you've visited this site before, you may have noticed a few changes of late. Here's a quick tour of the digs:

  • You can browse interviews by category, using the menu across the top of the page. You can also use the drop-down menu in the right column to see a complete list of interviews.
  • We've added a Community Project Log over in that right column as well, where we're hoping you'll share what you're working on. Below that you'll find a Tip (And Technique) Jar, where we're hoping you'll let us know what works for (or thwarts) you in your own creative adventures. Just below that's a Twitter feed with the latest posts from @aboutcreativity, where I'll be keeping track of new developments in the ever-morphing create-o-sphere.
  • We've deployed sophisticated "ShareThis" technology with each article to help you take that urge you may occasionally feel to share an article with a pal, and turn it into action.
  • Click on the Bios links to learn more about each artist. Right next to "Bios," you'll find a spot to add article comments.

Big thanks to Chad Capellman, who did fantastic work bringing the new site to life (and whose web-work I enthusiastically recommend). We've got more tweaks and a few more features in the works so if you have any feedback on changes you'd like to see (or any questions about what's where), I'd love to hear from you at: dbrodnitz at gmail dot com.

Thanks for dropping by and diving in,
-Dan

BayCHI Presentation on Creativity, April 12

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Looking forward to presenting at BayCHI in Palo Alto this Tuesday with Micah Laaker. If you're not already familiar with BayCHI, here's a little background from their site:

BayCHI, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), brings together scholars, practitioners, and users to exchange ideas about computer-human interaction and about the design and evaluation of human interfaces.

Laaker, who leads User Experience for the Yahoo! Open Strategy Group, will be talking about designing your product as a platform. I'll be talking about creativity lessons learned (to date) from this interview series. I've had a lot of fun working on the presentation and it should be an interesting night, with Q&A and feats of strength. But mostly Q&A. Did I mention that it's free?

If you're in the South Bay drop on by and say hi.

Jesse Thorn, on backing yourself into a wall

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I posted an interview over on the O'Reilly digital media site with Jesse Thorn, the host of "The Sound of Young America" (an excellent radio show that's distributed by Public Radio International.)

Thorn's launching an intimate convention/vacation/education/entertainment extravaganza this summer called MaxFunCon. Most of the conversation was about that event -- where the idea came from, what the focus is, why it won't feature half-naked pictures of Dane Cook.

At the end, he shared a bit about how he gets stuff done that I thought would make a nice addition to the About Creativity interviews on this site:

toonlet talk

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So-called Bill and I have been posting about digital creativity over at digitalmedia under The Creative Beat. This subsite is an extension (an outgrowth? a spur?) of the interviews you've found over over here, with a little more focus on things-tech.

Last week, SCB had a fun post on Eno's Oblique Strategies and where they can be found online. And mere moments ago, I added a chat with Craig Schwartz the co-founder of toonlet.com, a neat site that makes it easy peasy for folks to make cartoons. Drop by when ya get a chance....

"About-creativity.com, I choose you!"

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Woke up this morning to find that some wonderful human being over at Yahoo had selected us as Yahoo Picks' "Pick of the Day." If you've discovered this site through that review, welcome!

The artist interviews to-date include: poets Kim Addonizio, Maggie Nelson, and Bob Holman, web innovator Ze Frank, musicians Jonathan Coulton and Van Dyke Parks, choreographer Natalie Marrone, authors Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket and DyAnne DiSalvo, visual artists James Warren Perry and Tucker Nichols, clown and playwright Jeff Raz, standup comic and sitcom writer Howard Kremer, cartoonist Dan Piraro, columnist Jon Carroll, and screenwriter/director John August. Scroll down to peruse the interviews from most recent to least-most-recent.

You can also subscribe to future interviews -- I'll be posting a new one every week or two. Upcoming interviews include comic book creator (Mage/Grendel) Matt Wagner, musician Adrian Belew, and World of Warcraft storyteller Chris Metzen.

Thanks a lot for dropping by. If you get a chance, be sure to leave a comment to let us know what you think,
-Dan

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