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Tangents was Coolio

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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A hipster bomb went off in Mount Pleasant! Oh man – the Tangents Art Show was tonight and it was a major hit! Great art, killer DJ, wicked room (Lifetime Space) all brought to you by Jeff Hamada (Booooooom.com) and the Lifetime Collective. We ran into some CREATIVEMIX peeps (like Dave Delnea) and enjoyed the commute to/from (a brisk walk just 5 blocks from our pad). Groovy Friday night out.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Live+Work at the ARC

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

arc_logoI just swung by The ARC Cafe to get my afternoon coffee (a triple long-shot espresso made to perfection) and had a great chat with the owner: Joe. I brought him some coffee sleeves, of course,  and I learned a bit more about the cool creative community they have at The ARC.

The building has 80 artist live+work studios at the corner of Powell and Commercial and attracts all kinds of artsy-fartsy types: sculptors, painters, musicians, actors, potters, performers, etc. The units are spacious with great views and the building has the types of things working artists need: a freight elevator, wide halls and doors, sound proof walls, and of course one can not be without, a kiln, wood shop, metal shop, dark room, dance room, and a 24-hr LOUD music practice room. The real cool thing about The ARC is the community. Residents collaborate on projects, join forces to host events, and support each other in the creative life. Sounds like a GREAT place to live.

I also stumbled across Lourdes Lara’s blog, an Honduran-Canadian ARC resident who is an painter, sculptor and multimedia artist. Very cool work.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Designing Social Interfaces

Friday, September 18th, 2009

idea2009logoI came across Cathy Bogaart’s blog post yesterday and if you’re an app builder of the social variety then you’ll want to check it out. She’s at the MaRS Centre in Toronto where IDEA2009 took place the day before – it’s a conference dedicated to social and experiential design. Bogaart wrote a quick-guide to Christian Crumlish’s and Erin Malone’s Designing Social Interfaces talk (they’re with O’Reilly Media). It has some great bits for those who dwell in the land of social-app creation (or even heavy users for that matter):

Five Principles of Successful Social Interfaces

Guidelines that you can apply to interpret any design “best practices” and make the specific decisions you need to make. Because every project is different.

1. Pave the cow paths. People don’t always go where you expect them to. Find out what they’re doing and then make that easier.

2. Talk like a person. This is a conversation. You are a human being and people like hearing from humans, not robots. Make it personal.

3. Be open. Play well with others.

4. Learn from games. Reputation or point systems make it fun.

5. Respect the ethical dimension. Making your idea or system viral should not mean spam. Because people hate spam. And they’ll hate you if you enable it.

Read the full article at the MaRS blog. Learn more about the author’s new book at www.designingsocialinterfaces.com.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert.

P.S. If you’re tired of reading and simply want to look at the pretty pictures (presentation slides) then just click through below:

Creatives at Large – Chase Jarvis

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

CREATIVEMIX is a Vancouver-focused conference. That’s right. It’s not for everyone. It’s not that we’re trying to be exclusive (well, we are, but we have good reasons) it’s just that we’re focused on community, face-to-face relationships, and the collaboration that comes from living in proximity to other creative people. As a result, the majority of the content posted on this blog features local idea makers, news on creative events, and some fun bits about life as a creative person living in Vancouver. However, from time to time we’ll blog about people, places, and things from outside metro Vancouver – we’ll be categorizing these items as Creatives at Large.

To get this party started we need not look far, just south of the boarder in fact, to Seattle where photographer and director Chase Jarvis dwells. I’d like to say I know Chase but I don’t. I know Chase by extension; so extended in fact he doesn’t even know who I am. But, he’s a friend of a friend (our very own David duChemin) and from the moment David told his first “Chase story” I couldn’t help but add his blog to my RSS feed and make plans to keep tabs on this guy. There’s not much I need to say about him other than this: he gets it. He’s a “creativemixer” (new word, just made it up) and so I want to send a “shout out” to him, a fellow West Coast creative. Here – read Chase’s bio and you’ll get a sense of why this guy is uber-cool and easily fits into the Creatives at Large category:

I haven’t swashbuckled with pirates, nor have I swam the English Channel. I haven’t even been to Antarctica. But I have traveled to many far away places, created a lot of still and moving pictures for myself and others. And I’ve made it my life’s goal to be as creative as possible toward everything I endeavor. Outside of my morning cereal, that is.

I don’t always make my bed, but lazy I’m not. On a deserted island, I’d go insane without photography, film, music, my wife Kate and our family pets. Storytelling, creative innovation, and visual voodoo-no matter the medium-make my heart go thump thump; and sharing all this online with the world, plus as much of my professional experience as I can muster, makes my soul sing. I’m fond of crows, and love that they’ll fly toward anything shiny. I feel like a crow on most days. I can find humor in anything. I’m still working on that.

I’ve won a boatload of awards for my work, and I’m grateful for every single one of them, but I’ve always been unsure of whether I earned them or whether somebody I knew, or somebody who knew somebody I knew, rigged the jury. I was transparent long before it was hip to be so, and I believe deeply in teamwork, community, and collaboration. Let’s be friends. Better yet, let’s swim the English Channel.

You can follow Chase Jarvis on Twitter (@chasejarvis)and be sure to bookmark his blog. Oh, you should know he’s very much a web 2.0 guy. If you’re skeptical about the power of social media then you’re probably playing too safe – watch his promo video for his upcoming talk The Consequences of Creativity (Art Directors Club of Denver).

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Droppin’ the Creative Bomb

Friday, May 29th, 2009

booooooom_logoNo, don’t run for cover. There’s no immediate threat – unless you don’t have a creative bone in your body, which we seriously doubt. Just be sure to keep an eye on the creative bomb of a blog called BOOOOOOOM.

Vancouver’s Jeff Hamada, designer and creative cheerleader, curates an amazing blog full of dangerously cool and creative people, images, ideas, projects, and stories. When speaking at Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver – Volume #6 he revealed his own art (mostly from his childhood – the Stegosaurus wearing jeans playing the saxophone was our favourite) and told some great stories about connecting and collaborating with creative people all over the world through his blog.

BOOOOOOOM is truly an inspiring site to click through but one shouldn’t stop there. Participating in the creative mayhem is highly encouraged and is a ton of fun, so don’t click and run – join in! Our recommendation is: haul out the RSS artillery and sign-up for duty. So, here’s a shout out to Jeff and his WMC (Weapon of Mass Creativity) BOOOOOOOM.