The New Year’s Resolution of a Creativity Addict

It’s time for a change.

Don’t get me wrong, 2019 was an amazing year.

And I’ve done a ton of dreaming about creative projects to pursue in the future, both on my own and with friends. There are so many things I want to do.

But here we are, one week into 2020, and I’m already tired.

Dinosnore. Heh heh.

That doesn’t mean I don’t want to create more things this year. I want to…

and why that matters.

Imagine, if you will, two hypothetical people. Let’s call them Charlie and Pat. Both are in their mid-20s, fresh out of college, and both work for an organization that values clear communication, personal responsibility, and hard work. Charlie self-identifies as a “creative,” while Pat self-identifies as a “problem solver.” Assume that those descriptors are 100% accurate. Based only on that information…

  • Whom do you think will leaders trust with a large, important project?

Now, let’s make this more personal.

On fonts and branding, the creative process, and the upside of having a background in retail.

First things first: Alex Cottles (The Routine Creative on Creative Market) is the kind of person you find yourself liking before you even know why. He’s cool, laid-back, and approachable. He has strong opinions on design and branding, but he is humble and soft spoken. And he’s a great listener, even when he’s the one being interviewed.

Alex Cottles, The Routine Creative
Alex Cottles, The Routine Creative
Alex Cottles, The Routine Creative

Alex was kind enough to sit down with me last week at Lockwood Distilling Company, a hip new restaurant and bar near Dallas. Alex just happens to have created their brand. As we chatted, one of the venue’s owners dropped by to say…

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Hi. My name is Joshua, and I am a creativity addict. A very happy creativity addict.

I work at Creative Market, and if I’m honest, the word Creative being right there in the name is one of the things that drew me to this company in the first place. It’s part of why I still love working here.

All of my life, I have pursued…

Mapping the creative journey and identifying the elements you can improve at each step along the way.

Have you ever wondered how successful creative people do what they do? What is their secret? How do they generate work that resonates so well with their audiences? Where do their groundbreaking ideas come from?

Have you ever gotten a straight answer to any of these questions? I haven’t.

Looking in from the outside, it feels a bit like magic, doesn’t it? It’s as if the most successful actors and illustrators and writers and entrepreneurs possess a secret ability that eludes the rest of humanity.

They have it (whatever it is).

And without a satisfactory answer to questions about…

A new series from Creative Market

Creative Market is an incredible place to work. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is my dream job. And here’s why: I get to spend my days being creative in a way that helps other creators chase their own creative dreams. I love it.

Not only do we help our shop owners by giving them a passive-income platform where they can sell their creations (fonts and Procreate brushes and other amazing design assets made by some of the most talented and trend-setting designers on the planet), we help our customers by giving them access to the…

Family photo from this fall. I’m one lucky guy.

Nine months ago, two beautiful and sweet little girls came into my home and transformed us from a family of four into a family of six. This was our first dive into the world of foster parenting, and my wife and I were scared silly and cautiously optimistic. We had no idea what to expect, but we thought (and hoped) that we might get to adopt these girls and become their forever family.

Today we know that isn’t the future we get to live. The girls’ brave and incredibly strong mother put in all the hard work required and did…

As an engineering manager at Creative Market, my entire job description can be summarized in one statement: build a world-class engineering team. We want to make Creative Market into a world-class company with a world-class product and world-class engineers to build it.

The good news is that we already have a group of incredible engineers who make that job pretty easy. But the obvious questions must be asked: What would take this team (and each individual on it) to the next level? What are our strengths, and how can we maximize them? …

OR “How to build a complex application without losing your ever-loving mind.”

Let’s start with a disclaimer: I am not a project planning expert. I’m not a certified scrum master or even a very organized person. I’m just a guy who’s been writing code and creating applications long enough to know that if I don’t plan well, I’ll pay for it later.

If you’re an engineer, you’ve seen it — the obligatory demo video that shows you how to build a blog/to-do list app/wi-fi enabled back-massaging toaster oven in five minutes or less using some shiny new language/platform/SDK. But here’s…

Click-bait headlines. Work every time. Now, on to the part that matters.

People who have never tried it get weird when they find out you’re going to start working from home. When I first told friends and family that I had accepted a 100% remote position at Creative Market last summer, I got reactions that spanned from jealousy to joy to indignation. My mom immediately started campaigning for me to move back to my hometown. (I haven’t.) Several of my coworkers said things like, “Oh, I would hate being home all day.” (I don’t.) Others said, “I would never get…

Joshua C. Carroll

Creativity addict. Author. Dad/foster dad.

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