Category Archives: Creativity

Back after a long absence (blamed entirely on the pandemic!)

This is my first post since February, so hello! The details behind my long absence don’t really matter, because, really,  haven’t we all been dealing with the same troubles for months now? But basically, long story short: I teach college, … Continue reading

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Balanced, calm composition (veering slightly toward hysteria)

I was instantly struck by this four-quadrant checkerboard pattern of vertical and horizontal lines and areas of shadow and light when I walked into my office around 1:00 this afternoon after teaching my freshman report-writing class. I fooled around with … Continue reading

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A “jaw-droppingly” creative television ad

The “Golden Age” of television advertising” (think “Mad Men”) is generally considered to be the 1960s through sometime in the 1980s. TV commercials were often extremely creative and fun to watch. Like this clever VW commercial from the very early … Continue reading

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Best Quality Furniture Co. SALE SALE

I don’t know why this store caught my eye as I was driving home from work last week. Stores of this sort are ubiquitous in the central city. Each has such a strong personality, such a distinctly individual character, especially … Continue reading

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What You Can Learn About The Danger Of Assumption From The Original Woodstock Festival …

Originally posted on The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]:
One of the things I do when I first get a brief is try to see the creative opportunity. Where we can make the biggest and most interesting…

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Branding a Neighborhood

Milwaukee takes its neighborhoods very seriously, to the point of giving them official names (sometimes using the historic default, other times inventing new ones derived from some random but logical connection), drawing up official boundaries, and making up a logo … Continue reading

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Abstract optical games

I took this photo two weeks ago because the reflected light was so striking. And then I promptly forgot all about it until the other night when I was at Boswell Books to see Austin Kleon. As the event began, … Continue reading

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A nice midweek break

Last night after work I met my friend, Karen, for dinner on the east side, followed by an author event at Boswell Books, featuring a talk and booksigning by Austin Kleon. Kleon has written three books about how to build … Continue reading

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Diercks Hall, late March 2019

I walk the Grohmann Museum’s galleries and climb the atrium’s spiral staircase for exercise when my schedule is tight, starting from the lower level and working my way up to the rooftop garden before taking the elevator back down to … Continue reading

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Little Free Library #10 – Samson & Delilah Salon

Stopped by Colectivo at 68th and Wells Streets today to pick up a latte and some of their fabulous Hot Cocoa Mix for home. (Truly, their cocoa is the BEST! And they don’t pay me for this endorsement😄) I was … Continue reading

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