A favorite Super Bowl ad that never ran.

A conversation I had with my daughter when she was seven. “I have an idea for a commercial,” said Huan. “Tell me,” I responded. So she did. “Mom’s carrying the groceries into the house. While she’s holding a bag with one hand and trying to unlock the door with another, a ripe red strawberry tumbles […]

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Creativity: Control vs Collaboration

I recently toured some Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in California and Wisconsin and noticed close up the square red tile that declares everything about the building — from the setting to the approach to the entrance to the materials used — reflects (or at least reflected at the time the building was completed) the totality […]

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A new formula for creative success: combining the chocolate with the peanut butter.*

One of the most exciting new frontiers in digital creativity is brought to you by something called APIs (application programming interfaces). To a technical person they mean one thing, but to a creative marketer they mean this: you can create an entirely new mashup simply by combining your content with someone else’s. Granted lots of […]

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Helping kids learn to read, write and create is a good thing.

Years ago I had the pleasure of working with Jacques D’Amboise, the great New York City ballet dancer who performed under Balanchine. When his performing days were over, D’Amboise started an organization called National Dance Institute. D’Amboise believed that the arts had a unique power to engage and motivate young kids toward excellence. Initially he […]

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Yousuf Karsh: Portraits of Greatness

Yousuf Karsh is one of my favorite portrait photographers. Yet until last week I had only seen his images in books and online, never in an actual exhibit. Fortunately I caught the last day of Portraits of Greatness at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. It’s now moving to the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s a […]

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