Category Archives: creativity

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Buying IBM, getting sacked, and other short stories…

If there was one phrase that celebrates the success of a global tech company and at the same time the failure of a million sales people, then that’s the one. “You never get sacked for buying IBM…” You know the company. IBM. Technology giant. 100 years old. Almost 500,000 employees worldwide. Great computers. Great company, […]

What If I say I’m not like the others

What If I say I’m not like the others

They call him ‘The nicest guy in Rock and Roll’, Dave Grohl, Frontman of the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl has always been an inspiration to me, not just for his unique ability to churn out some of the best Rock music of the past 2 decades but for his passion and hunger for music. Born […]

Elvis hasn't left the building

Elvis hasn’t left the building

In the 1970’s TV commercial for R Whites Lemonade, the tune “Secret Lemonade Drinker” was written and performed by a guy called Ross McManus. McManus was ably assisted on vocal by non other than his son, Declan, better known as Elvis Costello. And the rest is history. Born on 25 August 1954 as Declan Patrick […]

Birth of a Rockstar: Joe Strummer

Birth of a Rockstar: Joe Strummer

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 1999, Joe Strummer revealed to the world: “My motto is: “What’s the hurry?” I’m trying to get it across to the modern world that we need to sit around and think a little bit more.” This just doesn’t seem like an apt description of the Clash’s front […]

The birth of a Rockstar: Phil Lynott

The birth of a Rockstar: Phil Lynott

There are not many men who epitomized and embodied the true spirit of a “Rockstar” better than Phil Lynott. He would have been 62 today. From birth and by nature, he was different to anyone else. Born in the UK Midlands in 1949, Lynott always considered himself to be 100% Irish having grown up in […]

Creativity. A collaborative or solo gig?

Creativity. A collaborative or solo gig?

In 1952 John Steinbeck wrote ‘East of Eden’ which he ostensibly addressed to his two young sons. The thirteenth chapter meditates upon the meaning of life and the essence and essentialness of the creative spirit.    “Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of man. It happens to nearly everyone. You can feel […]

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Quality video is key to audience engagement – Infographic from iStock

This great infographic below presents some astounding facts about online video viewing. The data is US based but none the less indicative of a global trend. Online video viewing is up 800% in the last 6 years with 70% of people watching online. On average we are watching 180 videos every month (where do we […]

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The UK film production industry goes from strength to strength

This year’s BAFTA nominations have just been announced and films with British creative content are more prevalent than ever before. Four of the top five films nominated were either made in the UK or directed by a Brit. 12 graduates of the National Film and Television School feature in the latest list of nominees. BAFTAs […]

Brian Cannon of Microdot on rock stars and creativity

Brian Cannon of Microdot designed album sleeves for Verve and Oasis in the 90’s. When he started out he was hand rendering and didn’t start using computer technology for his work until the mid 90’s. However, his creativity never wavered and he was able to adapt to all the technological advances which came along over […]

Killing creativity

Why are schools killing creativity?

One of the UK’s biggest exports is its creative output. Creativity will play a major role in our future economic strength and growth. It is potentially the single largest influence upon the prospective outcome and success of both individual businesses and, ultimately more importantly, the broader economy. It is, therefore, essential that new creative talent […]