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May 2, 2012

Creativity is just connecting things

by esseguin

 

From the Steve Jobs quote “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”

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May 1, 2012

And a different way to learn a (coding) language

by esseguin

Want to learn ruby on rails? Why not ruby on rails for zombies? A really interesting programming course:

http://www.codeschool.com/courses/rails-for-zombies

May 1, 2012

A different way to learn a new language

by esseguin

http://lifehacker.com/5903288

I’ve never been particularly good at speaking or learning new languages, but I like how algorithmic and stepwise this approach is. Maybe someday…

April 29, 2012

Truth Among The Cats

by esseguin

I was reading the description of a kickstarter project recently that sounds like it came straight out of one of the papers we read at the beginning of the semester that talked about using constraints to bolster creativity:

“This project came about as an experiment in filmmaking using restrictions as a driving force in the creative process.  The idea was to make a micro-budget project on the road using only the means available through the internet.  The actors, crew, and interior locations were all found on Craigslist and Airbnb.  The story had been talked about before but was mostly written in a bar in Berlin over a 3 day period.”

 

The project itself is pretty ridiculous (but kind of awesome). It’s a documentary following a former lolcat caption writer who traveled to Berlin to try to find the answers to life and the universe. Or, in their words: “This is a story of a man’s hopeless quest for truth among the cats.”

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grandchildren/the-internet-0

 

 

April 26, 2012

Filtered Creativity

by esseguin

By now, probably everyone has heard about Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. Whether or not adding filters to an image counts as creativity (I would vote not) aside, this acquisition shows just how much the movers and shakers of technology are pushing and valuing content creation. It’s hard to read a tech blog nowadays without reading an article that is in some way championing products that encourage mass-creation of content. Many companies are trying to do for video what Instagram did for pictures.

One company, Socialcam, went from 1.5M monthly users to 9M in just two days (http://www.appdata.com/apps/facebook/150768931647055-socialcam). So maybe the days aren’t long until our facebook feeds are filled with Sepia videos as well as pictures. As I instinctively recoil from this “creative” media, it makes me think back to the beginning of the semester when we discussed the similarities and differences between creativity and art. I don’t have any answers to that debate, but it’s an interesting thing to think about as we dive deeper into the age of having easy mediums of creativity right at our fingertips.

April 26, 2012

A creativity tool for developers, sort of

by esseguin

I think this website, http://www.mashape.com/, has a really cool idea. It’s an API marketplace for developers that will wrap a bunch of APIs into a single SDK for developers to use. So, it lets developers use lego-esque pieces of code to build something without having to worry about the details of every little thing. To me, that seems like a great way to boost creativity in coding. Also, just browsing through all the weird APIs that this site has available could lead to really odd, creative projects involving them.

Also, they have a pretty cool video explanation of their company: http://vimeo.com/23942256

April 24, 2012

Library Paper Sculptures

by esseguin

This article is kind of old, but I just remembered it. It tells the story of a series of anonymous paper sculptures that were left in libraries around Scotland last year. The sculptures are all made from books and are incredibly well-made. Here’s one example:

 

Anyway, it’s a really great story and a great article even if you only look at the pictures

http://thisiscentralstation.com/featured/mysterious-paper-sculptures/

April 24, 2012

Tablets and mobile devices as creative platforms

by esseguin

I thought that this was an interesting article about creativity on tablets. It talks about the commonly held belief that the iPad is a device only for the consumption of content, and not the creation of it. They talk to a couple of people who use the iPad professionally for creating. I thought it was an interesting read.

http://lifehacker.com/5901341/your-ipad-the-creative-tool-you-never-knew-you-needed

April 4, 2012

A Flatland-inspired game

by esseguin

There’s a game called Miegakure that’s been in development for a couple of years. Its premise is that it is a platformer in 4 dimensions. It was inspired by Flatland and tries to untangle and conceptualize a world with 4 physical dimensions. This is obviously difficult to do on a two-dimensional screen, but I think it’s a really cool idea. The player gets to toggle the visible dimensions and move among them to solve puzzles and get around. There’s a description and demo video available here:

http://marctenbosch.com/miegakure/

January 18, 2012

Origami Instructions

by esseguin