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