A Few Words of Wisdom On the Creative Process

Really enjoyed watching this video. Its a few years old but the advice is timeless. Ira Glass talks about the growing pains every creative professional faces. I love it when something is explained in a way that helps you explain to a beginner how what you are currently experiencing fits into the bigger picture.

Have faith in your taste, keep showing up, keep doing the work.

Adobe Ink and Slide - New Tool For Design Sketches

I was setting up a library in Adobe's Creative Cloud and stumbled upon this new gadget. The Adobe Ink and Slide.

It works with specific iPads loaded with a specific Adobe or Adobe compatible app. Quoted from their site:

Ink and Slide are designed to work with iPad 4+, iPad Air 1, iPad Mini, or iPad Mini with Retina display. (Note: There is a known, intermittent issue with the iPad Air 2, in which Ink stops drawing mid-stroke. After thorough investigation, we suspect the solution will require involvement from Apple, and we are trying to work with them to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.)

I'm always looking for ways to simplify my design sketch work flow. Right now I'm hardwired to my desk with a wacom cintiq which I love . But there is something really appealing to the untethered freedom this system can provide.

It's more than just a stylus, the aluminum bar to the left (in the picture) is what they call a "slide" and it lets you draw precise straight lines and curves if you need to. 

As of this post the price is around $125 and fulfilled by adonit.

Certainly adding this to my wishlist!

Hang Drum, deceptively simple, simply great...

This has nothing to do with small business, or designing your life, but it is certainly good. Check out this amazing instument called a hang drum. The range of sound from such a simple looking percussive instrument is sure to impress not only music aficionados of all types, but fans of simplicity as well.


Simplicity is a characteristic I constantly strive for as a designer, inspiration like this makes me want to strive even harder. Come to think of it, it's a characteristic that should probably play a role in how we design our life... hmm. Anyway a shout out goes to our intern for sharing this awesome example, thanks Parry!

Do you find it inspiring? Do you have examples of simplicity at its best? Please share in the comments.