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Quitting in Style

On todays article for The Chive, a girl quits her job via dry erase board.  Sounds simple but it doesn’t end there.  While using the dry erase board to express her discontent for the job, she also sends those pictures to all of her co workers.

Go to The Chive for the full comedic photo series of her resignation.

I admire her creative way of quitting.  Sure, a two-weeks notice would have sufficed but it doesn’t give you the satisfaction and pleasure of telling your jerk of a boss the ULTIMATE F U without actually saying it .

Now what about the Jet Blue guy? His version of an F U was pretty much the basic F U. This man cussed out a passenger over the intercom,  grabbed a couple of beers and exited through emergency plane slide? That’s pretty creative and he left the scene in complete style. He did get charged for criminal mischief but as a result of his public resignation, he is idolized by many as a sort of hero for public workers all around.

So if you’re thinking about being creative with your resignation, try doing it without the consequential charges on your record.

…and don’t kill anybody. 🙂


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Think you have the next big idea?

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One of the things that I love to do is to collaborate creatively with others. It certainly does exercise the mind when ideas are bounced off from one another to cultivate an idea — a seed that grows and branches out into something bigger than you had originally planted.

Have you ever came up with an idea that was beyond great, in fact, it was pure genius?

Of course you have.

Have you ever came up with that idea however, it was placed on the back burner or just left as another scribble jotted down in your notebook?

Haven’t we all?

Setbacks like coming up with the funds to produce your idea can be a real killer of dreams…until now. Kickstarter is “a new way to fund and follow creativity.”  Founded and managed by a team of artists and technologists, they have created this platform for artists, musicians, performers, and any person with creative thought to have a kick start to see their ideas jump off of paper and into reality.

Here’s the 411:

First, submit a proposal of your project to the Kickstarter Team.  Ideas must adhere to the Kickstarter Guidelines which describe the type of projects that are and are not allowed to be submitted. Types of projects that are not allowed are charity donations, business expenses, and personal funding for your life.

The project that meets the guidelines are allowed to create a profile on their proposed project on Kickstarter, set a funding goal to reach and advertise rewards as an incentive for people to back your project in the the time limit of 1 to 90 days.

You are in complete ownership of your project however you only receive the funding if your project meets the funding goal within the time limit. If the project is successful then Kickstarter applies a 5% fee to the amount raised.   If it doesn’t then you nor Kickstarter receive any funding.

Kickstarter is a true supporter of the creative mind and a sort of savior for ideas that often get tossed or forgotten due to setbacks.  So the next time you come up with a brilliant project or idea, run it by Kickstarter for a chance to see it come to reality.


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Think outside the 2.5×3

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When you think of business cards, the image of 2.5×3 cards with basic info automatically comes in mind. Well it shouldn’t. Sure, the default works for some. The default works for a budget. But if you have room in your budget, why not give some room for some creativity?

Business cards can be questionable as many of them that are passed out are thrown out. I, for one, still believe in the valuable use of business cards. It’s an easy way to pass around your contact. But why should you just limit yourself to just your contact. Pass out something that represents you visually — a memorable branding experience that they can walk away with. Like these:

Take a look at more creative business cards here.

Leave potential clients with the impression that you and your business are more than just a 2.5×3 piece of cardstock.


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Creative Discovery

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Had to share this gem of a music video right after I absorbed all of its melodies and creativity. I mean, here is a music video where the creative direction just leaves me utterly mesmerized.

Take a look for yourself:

I still can’t get over how thought out this video was. You see many music videos just follow the generic formula of song, sexual innuendos here and there, plus love story gone right or wrong. If I wanted to watch a love story, I’d go watch Serendipity (though I do hate that movie) or Love Actually. As for music videos, there is so much room for creative freedom so why just settle for what is basically, for most videos, soft-core porn?

I say leave viewers with the impression that there is still a creative thought in this world that is not drowned by waves of superficial ideas. This video along with many others that are fighting to stay afloat and not stifled by such are doing just that.


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Creativity beyond the grave

It’s tough when you are single and ready to mingle. You put in all the effort into making yourself look presentable, trying not to come off easy or too desperate, and hoping that you don’t have onion breath or a big chunk of spinach stuck in your teeth from that late lunch you had — it’s no wonder people are turning to dating sites to mingle.   Dating sites, like Eharmoney and Match.com, are a growing trend because they allow you to look for that potential someone with ease. I don’t blame them. Going to that bar where guys creep up on you when you least expect it and fist pumping the air is not very comforting.

Dating sites have evolved in different ways to target specific audiences to their site. From dating sites for millionaires, seniors, specific races and genders, it’s not surprising to hear that a dating site was created for zombies.  Yes, zombies.

ZombieHarmony was created by free dating site Mingle2 “because the apocalypse doesn’t’ have to be lonely.” They certainly go all out with the choices to narrow your search for a fast-moving, slow-moving, or immobile zombie who may or may not have all of their limbs intact and who may also enjoy gnawing, groaning, or lumbering in their spare time.  Just read the copy on their disclaimer:

Disclaimer: ZombieHarmony is for zombies only. We advise signing up for ZombieHarmony only if you lack a pulse, have limited motor skills, or feel an intense desire to feast on human beings. We are not responsible for lost or ingested loved ones. If you go on a date with a zombie, we cannot be held liable for contributing to the apocalypse.

Please date responsibly: bring a baseball bat or crowbar.

A Dating site for zombies. Why not?


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Don’t get your facebook all up in my twitter

After the hit of the “doublemint twins” commercial for Doublemint gum, branding for chewing gum, in my opinion, has lacked creativity. From Winterfresh, Juicy Fruit, Big Red, and Trident gum, branding has often resorted to similar and typical advertisements of using celebrities endorsed jingles (cough:::Chris Brown::cough), sex appeal, and generic minty fresh descriptions.

Fortunately, someone has caught on to this lack of creativity in chewing gum branding.  Lo and behold, our savior, Orbit Gum.  Orbit gum has been well-known for their quirky clean sense of humor in their branding. Taking dirty situations and language and turning them into downright comedic gold, for gum commercials that is.

Now taking it a step further and incorporating celebrity comedians and not your typical mainstream celebrities, Orbit has struck gold.

Take at their new shorts titled, Dirty Shorts:


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Helpful Sites for Creatives

As a creative, you need all the help you can get in branding yourself and your business. How can you market yourself? How do you reach the masses? How do you send that indesign document that exceeds the 25MG attachment limit on emails?! Sure, you can compress it into a zip file but even then that file can get HUGE.

In what creative ways can we solve our branding and marketing obstacles?

Along my journey as a creative, I’ve come by some sites that will help you get what you need and where you need to be.

1) Ever admire those customized emails you get from subscribing to your favorite store or band?  Well create those campaigns and newsletters here at MailChimp.  Look professional and be organized when you are starting up your very own start-up! I like using MailChimp because it gets information to your large audience in a timely and professional manner. MailChimp also tracks all the details in your campaign from the number of people who opened the email, those who  unsubscribed and much more.

2) Are those portfolio folders not cutting it?  Do they not make your work pop out of those pages? Check out Carbonmade, a site for you to showcase your work through customizable webpages and allows you to network with other creatives. Carbonmade fills in the presentational aspects that plain portfolios lack.  Though portfolio folders are transportable and good to bring for face-to-face interviews, Carbonmade allows anybody to view your portfolio from wherever they are (provided they have internet access).

3) Now how about emailing those large documents via email? Such a pain in the you-know-what but now you can relieve that pain through YouSendIt, a site that emails those attached documents that are 25MG+. No longer will you curse your email provider for making you think you sent that large email but in return received mailer demon — a demon indeed. Let’s just say, yousendit.com saved me a lot of time and frustration.

4) Finding the look of your resume to be a drag?  Spruce it up with LinkedIn or VisualCV. Both are sites that will save your resume from being lost in the other millions of resumes out there. Customize your resume site with graphs, blogs, your portfolio, and upload your photo so that they can place your face in the position that you are applying for. I have yet created my resume on VisualCV but LinkedIn is just as good and allows me to professional market myself online while providing me with professional networks and job listings to connect with.

5) Creating designs can be hard when you don’t have the right color scheme in mind. Browse through ColourLovers, a color loving community that allows you to share, create, and explore the different possibilities for color palettes. The color combinations on this site are fun, creative and unthinkable. My favorite palette is Arizona Ice Tea.

6) Make your next presentation a big hit with  SoundSlides.  It’s like Powerpoint but with the ability to seamlessly sync audio tracks to your images and make a real impact.  They’ll think you hired a professional.

Hopefully these few sites will help you in your creative journey. There are many more to explore and many that will make you stand apart from the rest.

So until then,