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The Most Useful Book Cover Constraint

Love plain linen hardcovers. Wisdom without hype. pic.twitter.com/nlvHCAWcMe — Derek Sivers (@sivers) September 6, 2021 I can’t tell you how many hours and how much money I’ve spent on book cover design. But, for nonfiction, nothing beats the stamped, cloth cover. It somehow adds more weight

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For the Best Ideas, Go Without

I just returned from a walk on the beach, jumping in the water, searching for shells with my son. I had nothing on me that couldn’t be underwater in the ocean — pretty much just the clothes on my back. That’s when all the ideas hit me. * The best

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Read This Before You Blog

This week’s links: Hugh MacLeod wrote the best article about online publishing in years this week. If you blog, tweet or publish your stuff in any way, you need to read it [http://www.copyblogger.com/vanity-metrics/]. Don’t Quit Your Day Job [http://www.levenger.com/BOOKS-17/LEVENGER-PRESS-BOOKS-238/

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Eddie Van Halen Gave A Talk About Invention And

false Eddie Van Halen gave a talk about invention and creativity at the Smithsonian last night, while dropping off a few guitars. As you’ll hear, even to one of the most innovative artists in rock history, it’s all about a daily grind and constraints.

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David duChemin on Constraints

David duChemin [http://davidduchemin.com/2013/07/the-power-of-constraint/]: > “We need constraints. They force our hands creatively, and while many advocate embracing constraints, I suggest we go one better and create them.” Exactly. Our brains are set up to avoid the pain of creativity and embrace simple, painless and bland solutions.

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Setting Artificial Limits

The Accidental Creative podcast is focusing on limits in its latest episode [http://www.accidentalcreative.com/podcasts/ac/ac-podcast-set-artificial-limits/] : > “Complete freedom from boundaries should be the goal for any creative pro, right? Wrong. True creative freedom has healthy boundaries. Here are a few ways to set boundaries that provide a

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The Creative Advantage of Limits

Augusten Burroughs writes about constraints [http://www.fastcompany.com/3008745/takeaway/augusten-burroughs-creative-advantages-limits] in an excerpt from his book, “This is How.” > Limits force improvisation. Improvisation creates new things. Welcome to the club! (via Brian Clark [https://twitter.com/copyblogger/status/327465829950160896])

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You Dont Have To Take My Word For It Heres Jack

You don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s Jack White on constraints and creativity.

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Constraints are Inevitable

Brooks Jensen [http://daily.lenswork.com/2013/03/the-death-of-the-straight-line.html] brings up a good point about the increasing choices in photographic technology and what it means for the future: > “I see nothing on the horizon that would indicate we will have fewer choices five years from now than we have

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A Deeper Look at Constraints and Creativity

Harvard Business Review [http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/01/how_intelligent_constraints_dr.html] weighs in on the link between constraints and creativity: > A study conducted at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Social Psychology proved that tough obstacles can prompt people to open their minds, look at