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Why you should still read magazines

Everyone needs fresh ideas.  When you surf the web, you usually seek out the same stuff every time. Or you see the stuff your friends share. But magazine editors have a specific job: Find the best of the best, find new and different, and find what you didn’t know about already. Then, find a great […]

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Newsletter #951: The “Lessons from Voodoo Doughnut” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Voodoo Doughnut has a consistent line of customers coming out of the door of their store located in the “crotch of […]

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Stick to it! Your work will be as good as your ambitions. (Pass it on!)

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, […]

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Experiments are different than failures

The trick is knowing the difference. A failure is when you set out to do something and it doesn’t work. An experiment is when you decide to learn if/how something works. A good or bad outcome is fine, as long as you learn what you set out to learn. You can’t innovate if you don’t […]

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Embracing who you are

Great advice from inspired designer Mike Rhode: I was reminded how important it is to focus on becoming fully who we are in a world where it’s the default state to compare ourselves to others who are not us. Seven years ago I wrote In The Valley of the Shadow of Creativity after seeing amazing […]

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