An e-mail to cartoonist, Austin Kleon

Dear Austin, I’m graduating from college next year, so after seeing your book mentioned online (I haven’t bought it yet, but I really am thinking about it), I thought I’d ask you some questions: 1. What kind of pen do you use? What kind of ink? What kind of pencil? What kind of paper? What kind […]

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“Secular Prayers”: What ancient Japanese scrolls and motivational posters have in common

[© National Gallery of Victoria] Using old Japanese “Zen” scrolls as an example, The Philosopher’s Mail inadvertently does a fabulous job of explaining the philosophy behind motivational posters: By making words physically beautiful – through the elegance of the script and the soothing texture and proportions of the paper – a Zen scroll becomes a […]

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The Internet has made geography irrelevant? Since when?

Back in the 1990’s, “The Internet has made geography irrelevant” meme became huge amongst the cool kids. Fast forward a decade or two, and here we’re finding a different meme altogether i.e. that geography is more relavant than ever, *actually*. Especially in places like San Francisco, where a lot of the aforementioned Internet stuff is […]

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Who Are The Happiest Artists?

Who Are The Happiest Artists? When I was ten years old, I was having a nice chat with my mother about what I should be when I grow up. I suggested that being a rock star or famous artist would be kinda cool. Mom suggested I should be a businessman instead. What’s so great about […]

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Innovation is Mindset

From today’s newsletter: We get this a lot: big companies bringing us in to shake things up, because they want to be more creative, because they want to be more innovative, etc. The one thing most of our clients have in common is that none of them suffer from lack of talent or money or […]

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Innovation begins here

[Buy the print and/or the acrylic block here etc.] Innovation is hard enough, even when you’re truly, madly, deeply in love with your work. But if you’re not in love with your work, you’re going to find it very difficult to compete with people who are. Because they’re the ones going the extra mile, while […]

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Allergic To Boredom

[Buy the print etc.] So, you’re one of those types who live in mortal fear of being stuck in a some boring job somewhere, doing meaningless work, watching the clock all day. You’re allergic to boredom. You’re one of the curious. Sure, it’s scary and painful to be one of those people, especially early on […]

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Empathy, Fearlessness, Humor

This was a print I designed for Joe Polish to give to his friend, Arianna Huffington. I met Arianna once briefly through Joe, at his Genius Network 25K event. Wow. What a neat lady. She was totally inspiring. So I drew a cartoon that tried to sum her up. Exactly. If only everybody could be that smart, […]

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“Everybody in the music business is an entrepreneur.” Thoughts from Miami Music Summit

[Derek and I having a natter onstage.] I had a fun time today at the Miami Music Summit- they used my little “Delusional” critter for their official t-shirt, as well as getting me on stage to live-draw alongside three of the panels. Then afterwards I had a chat onstage with the MC, Derrek Ashong. Here […]

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“Actually, you DO pay people to have fun, you just don’t know it.”

[This is not just a love poem, it could also be a corporate mission, perhaps?] My friends over at PSFK posted a really neat interview with Jesse Levin, who runs the most audacious co-working space I think I’ve ever seen. It’s not just another co-working space in Brooklyn… Nope, it’s all that, plus a gym […]

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