Posts Tagged ‘collaboration’

Save the Date

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Image by Jeremy Lim.

Hello. You’ve reached THE CREATIVEMIX HOTLINE, to learn about this year’s conference please press #1.

Oh man! We’re so freakin’ excited! November 3, 2011 is the day that creativity and collaboration collide in Vancouver in the name of helping creative people gain the inspiration and insights they need to thrive as artists and services providers. This is a cross-industry, non-profit-meets-business-sector mash-up that is unparalleled in Vancouver. It’s a professional development day and a creative showcase like no other.

Back for its third year, CREATIVEMIX will be held at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre in Yaletown and it’s going to be bigger-n-better than ever! The team behind the conference is the same but with one very special difference – the event is now proudly produced through the innovative and dynamic theatre company Boca del Lupo.

There’s a TON of info to come, including the Open Call for Submissions to have your creative project or business featured in the CREATIVE EXHIBITION and the speaker roster of course! Be sure to follow the updates on the blog, on Twitter, or Facebook.

And because it’s fun… I did want to mention something that made us smile: Anoop Aulakh (Co-Founder of QuikPiq.com, Advisor at SIFE Simon Fraser, and a cool social entrepreneur guy) had this to say about his time at CREATIVEMIX:

“CREATIVEMIX provides a new way of looking at what a conference can be. From the speakers to the delegates, CREATIVEMIX brings together people from different spaces who are clearly passionate about what they do. Looking forward to seeing what next year brings!”

Awesome.

Posted by Corwin Hiebert

Chocolate PLUS Rock & Roll

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

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The next time you see the conference poster think: CHOCOLATE! Take a picture of yourself (or a friend) in front of the CREATIVEMIX poster then upload it to the Facebook Page or tweet it out with BOTH hashtags #creativemix and #minkchocolates. Your picture enters you into a draw for a yummy gift from Mink Chocolates! This contest closes October 15th at 11:59pm. Our favourite flavour is Navel Gazing – what’s yours?

If you’re new to the site or are looking for a quick snapshot of what November 4th is all about:

Creativity Rocks
CREATIVEMIX is about the process of making, and making a living from, ideas. This conference is for everyone who depends on their creative output – whether it’s a small or big part of your work. So often “creatives” gather to hone their technical craft; however, skills are simply not enough. By leaving your skills at the door and focusing on expanding your creativity, you’ll gain inspiration and a new mindset around this invaluable medium. This conference will give you the best of both worlds: a jolt of creative energy and new tools to bring your ideas into reality.

Collaboration Rules
CREATIVEMIX is about creating within the context of community. Creative people often work in isolation but to be successful we need to share and connect with likeminded people. The program will consist of two engaging workshops and 8 inspiring keynote presentations by Vancouver-based creative leaders who will unpack the goods on how to foster and manage creativity, fan new ideas into fruition, and promote the cross-pollination of creative concepts. And it doesn’t stop there: The exhibition space is packed with displays of creativity and the MIX Lounge is an awesome place to, well… mix. Learning and interacting with these creative leaders means that you’re experiencing, and contributing to, the creative mix of Vancouver.


Look at Me I’m a Cartoon!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

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Find your inner illustrator, build an animated representation of yourself, tell stories, or just have fun making random drawings; Do-it-Yourself comics is the name of the game at Pixton.com.

Creator Clive Goodinson, and his Vancouver-based Pixton Comics Inc., is a leading developer of innovative social media applications. They’ve launched a killer website that every social media user should check-out. The quick scoop is this: it’s free, the comics are viewable to non-users, they’re sharable, and the DIY web-app is absolutely the coolest thing ever! It’s a perfect tool for those of us who can’t draw worth a darn.

The feature that seems to get a lot of action is “remix”. Your friends can add onto your comic without screwing up your original build – how great is that! The idea of building comics in community is pretty cool.

What’s really got my attention as of late is their education campaign:

“Pixton for Schools, a private, virtual classroom that integrates their award-winning comic creation software in a fun web-based learning environment. Pixton for Schools lets teachers and students create, publish, and share their own comics – without having to draw. A powerful and intuitive comic editor makes it easy to design characters, insert props, and add speech bubbles – all within the comic pane. Characters can be articulated, their facial expressions changed, and attributes such as hair and clothing style selected, simply by clicking and dragging.” Read more at Pixton.com.

So, this is a CREATIVEMIX shout out to our friends at Pixton. Good one.

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