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The thing pulling the opposite of the direction we want to go. In terms of strength training this is arguably a good thing. When it comes to accomplishing work we want to be doing, or long term goals we want to work towards, it’s counterproductive.

In “The War of Art” by author Steven Pressfield, he writes about resistance being everything that pulls us away from what we should be working on to achieve our goals (that’s a simplified description). Let’s say you’re trying to become a professional graphic designer. Resistance could be browsing twitter, cleaning a desk, shopping online for a new stapler, or entering into a text message gif war. …

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Recently I had the pleasure of seeing a documentary titled “California Typewriter”. The documentary focused around a typewriter repair shop named California Typewriter, and wrapped around that central character were interviews with several people talking about their relationships with typewriters.

Musician John Mayer was one of the people interviewed, and he mentioned a benefit of using a typewriter that really struck a cord with me as a creator. He talked about how the typewriter as a tool removed disctractions for him during the writing process.

It was a simple distraction he was referring to that happens on computers (no not social media anything like that.). The distraction he brought up was spell check. That little red underline letting you know something may be spelled incorrectly. …

There’s been a shift… it’s been gradual, very quiet, but it’s happened. Over time people on Facebook stopped writing status updates, and started re-posting content they find on the internet or that someone else has posted on Facebook by clicking the “Share” button.

For those of you that are or were Tumblr users, this is going to sound very familiar. Someone share’s something you like, and rather than create a brand new post for it you simply click the tumble button and it’s posted on your blog with very little effort.

So why the shift on Facebook? I feel like there’s a couple reasons. …

By Jen Hall

Fast or Slow

Work faster but take your time.

The best work takes time, but can I get it now?

It takes 10,000 hours to master something, and what you’re practicing will be obsolete in a year or less.

In the last couple decades invention and technology has progressed faster than it had in the previous decades and centuries even. With that said, we’re at an awkward tipping point.

With all of this speeding up of progress, we as humans have been trying to keep up and catch up to the point where we’re discovering it comes at an unhealthy cost. Staying up obscene hours, compromising precious time with family and friends, all to keep up with the times. …

By Jen Hall

Fear. Sometimes rational, sometimes not. What I’m concerned with is when it stops people from accomplishing amazing things. More specifically, what’s stopping me from creating things to share online these days?

Some questions that float through my mind:

“What if no one likes it?”

“What if no one sees it?”

“Am I making something worth creating?”

It sort of reminds me of the saying “If a tree falls in the forrest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”. …

Once a year my former college (ACAD) holds a clearance sale to get rid of books to make space for new ones. About three years ago when I was at the sale, I stumbled on a book titled “The Creative Black Book”.

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The Creative Black Book is an 1100 page (900 in color) book self described as the bible of creative talent. More specifically professionals in advertising, design, photography, and media.

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I started flipping through this industry bible, and in the midst of gawking at the cheesy classic “80’s” styling of it, also noticed some content that would be fun to experiment with today. …

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Recently my cousin Michael Lipsett was featured on a podcast called “People Doing Things” by Nick Thornton. For that episode, they were discussing Michaels work and career life up to this point.

A little before the half way mark of the podcast, Nick and Mike discussed obsessions with “likes” when people post their creative work on social media sites — How easy it is to use “likes” as a validation gauge, rather than being satisfied with our work by ourselves.

This got me thinking about my own relationship with “likes” and notification badges. I know for a fact I have an obsession with those likes, and my emotions are attached to them. As of late, on Instagram specifically, if one of my photographs does not receive at least 11 “likes” (enough to switch the like section from names to numbers) I don’t think it’s a successful photo. …

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