Tag: Creativity

The Glow Up 50 2021: Celebrating Our Pioneers of Style

Black creativity is not and never has been a trend—though we have certainly launched more trends than we could possibly count, or have ever rightfully been credited for. Accordingly, in March 2020 we launched The Glow Up 50 to celebrate our own—the tastemakers, trendsetters and boundless creators who elevate our organic aesthetic on a global […]

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Can Exercise Make You More Creative?

If you often exercise, there’s a good chance you also tend to be more creative, according to an interesting new study of the links between physical activity and imagination. It finds that active people come up with more and better ideas during tests of their inventiveness than people who are relatively sedentary, and suggests that […]

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What Do Lars Ulrich and A.O. Scott Have in Common? A Lot, It Turns Out

[With a D.I.Y. sound] there wasn’t a lot of, “Oh, I’ve got to master my instrument and I’ve got to sit there and learn how to play quadruple paradiddles upside down for six hours.” It wasn’t until a few years later, which we’ve talked about openly, that we [Ulrich and the guitarist Kirk Hammett] were […]

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Wylde Tells Us How She Stays Balanced And Creative During Quarantine

“Quarantine Kit” features interviews with our favorite actors, musicians, chefs, athletes, and artists about their personal methods for killing time, staying fit, and keeping social distance during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Wylde may not be a household name (yet), but much of the young artist’s latest EP, Castles, is already working itself into our favorite […]

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Need a Creative Spark? The Cast and Crew of Pixar’s Soul Got You, Boo

This year has done a number on us all in various ways. The “spare time” we’ve been afforded during the lockdown has also made more room for extra existential thoughts. Cue Pixar’s first film with a Black lead character, Soul, which explores the possibilities of the meaning of life. Advertisement The synopsis for Soul, per […]

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The Year of Telfar

In January 2020, around the time word first began to leak of Covid-19 in China, Telfar Clemens, the queer Liberian-American designer who has been preaching the gospel of inclusivity for 15 years, had a wine-drenched banquet and sleepover for more than 40 of his closest creative collaborators and friends in the Pitti Palace, a former […]

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Meet GPT-3. It Has Learned to Code (and Blog and Argue).

This summer, an artificial intelligence lab in San Francisco called OpenAI unveiled a technology several months in the making. This new system, GPT-3, had spent those months learning the ins and outs of natural language by analyzing thousands of digital books, the length and breadth of Wikipedia, and nearly a trillion words posted to blogs, […]

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Netflix signs David Fincher in a 4-year exclusive deal

It’s official: Netflix has signed revered filmmaker and director David Fincher in an exclusive four-year deal. The artist, which has directed cult classics like Fight Club, Se7en, The Social Network, Zodiac, and Gone Girl, revealed the news in an interview with French outlet Premiere. There aren’t many details as to what the partnership involves, but the move makes perfect sense […]

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Graphic design apps are now as fundamental as Excel — here’s how non-designers get up to speed

In today’s digital landscape, it’s critical to understand why design matters beyond the realm of the creative department. After all, marketing, branding, sales, business collaborations, and partnerships all hinge on the strength of a company’s branding and its consistency.  It’s no longer enough to have a couple of graphic designers to shoulder the burden of […]

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Ken Robinson, Who Preached Creativity in Teaching, Dies at 70

Ken Robinson, a dynamic, influential proponent of stimulating the creativity of students that has too often been squelched by schools in the service of conformity, died on Aug. 21 at his home in London. He was 70. His daughter, Kate Robinson, said the cause was cancer. A British-born teacher, author and lecturer, Mr. Robinson viewed […]

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The Guardian’s GPT-3-generated article is everything wrong with AI media hype

The Guardian today published an article purportedly written “entirely” by GPT-3, OpenAI‘s vaunted language generator. But the small print reveals the claims aren’t all that they seem. Under the alarmist headline, “A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?”, GPT-3 makes a decent stab at convincing us that robots come in peace, albeit […]

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Is Virtual Burning Man the Internet’s Ultimate Test?

What makes Burning Man so special to those who attend — the cliché among the faithful is “life-changing” — is an intense experience of self-awareness. Everything about Black Rock City (the name of the makeshift town where Burning Man takes place) removes you from your ordinary frame of reference and puts you into the playa, […]

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iZotope’s new RX8 repair tool cleans up your noisy audio with AI

RX8, the latest release from the audio experts at iZotope, today launched with a bevvy of new features and an an updated interface. As you can guess from the sub-heading, I’m most excited about the all-new guitar de-noiser. As a beginning player my picking and fretting techniques are atrocious. But a little studio magic goes […]

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Two left feet? Facebook’s new AI dance choreographer can teach you some brand new moves

Facebook‘s AI boffins have developed a new system that creates original dance routines for any music that you feed it. The system doesn’t merely imitate the Moonwalk, the Renegade, or whatever other moves the kidz are busting on TikTok these days. Instead, it creates entirely new routines that are “synchronized and surprising” — “the two […]

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Welcome to the Covid-19 Mental Health Struggle

The Diary Project An artist with schizoaffective disorder shares her strategy for self-care. By Teresa Watson Image Teresa Watson is an artist living in Joshua Tree, Calif. She paints and draws as an outlet for her mental health struggles. The Diary Project is a weekly visual assignment series produced by Alicia DeSantis, Jennifer Ledbury, Lorne […]

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Genius loses lyric-scraping lawsuit against Google, despite watermark trick catching the Big G ‘red-handed’

Genius has lost a lawsuit against Google that claimed the Big G stole lyrics from its site. The music company claimed to have proof Google was scraping its lyrics and displaying them in search results, thanks to a clever mix of digital watermarks and Morse code. After suspecting Google was cribbing its transcriptions, Genius added […]

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‘World’s first’ AI-generated arts festival program opens this Friday

The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s largest performing arts festival, but this year’s event has sadly been canceled due to COVID-19. Fortunately, art junkies can still get their fix of the Fringe at a virtual alternative curated by an AI called the ImprovBot. The system analyzed the 100-word text descriptions of every show staged at the festival from 2011 […]

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This AI turns your home videos into cute cartoons

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d look like in animated form, you can now find out. Developers Tejas Mahajan and Niraj Pandkar have created an AI tool that can turn your photos and videos into cartoons. Cartoonizer is based on a research paper by University of Tokyo researchers Xinrui Wang and Jinze Yu. The tool leverages their open-source implementation to create a publicly-available […]

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How to Dress for the Protest

The Diary Project “On a daily basis I think about what I’m wearing.” By Ben Passmore Image Ben Passmore is a cartoonist and creator of “Your Black Friend And Other Strangers” and “Sports Is Hell.” The Diary Project is a weekly visual assignment series produced by Alicia DeSantis, Jennifer Ledbury, Lorne Manly and Josephine Sedgwick.

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An Artist Captures 4 Months of Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

The Diary Project The next messages are yours for the making. By Esther Pearl Watson Image Esther Pearl Watson is a painter and comics artist, and the author of the graphic novel “Unlovable.” She lives in Los Angeles with her French bulldog, Gherkin. The Diary Project is a weekly visual assignment series produced by Alicia […]

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How an AI graphic designer convinced clients it was human

Nikolay Ironov had been working as a graphic designer for more than a year before he revealed his secret.  As an employee of Art. Lebedev Studio — Russia’s largest design company — Ironov had already worked on more than 20 commercial projects, creating everything from beer bottle labels to startup logos. Credit: Art. Lebedev Studio But Ironov was […]

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Music: Insights on Listening to Improve Your Performance at Work

Music arouses different emotions that have a different influence on our cognitive performance. Studies show that participants who listened for ten minutes to a fast and happy Mozart sonata before they were given a cognitive task performed better than those who did not listen to music or listened to a sad and slow music. This […]

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Do You Have Too Much Self-Doubt — or Not Enough?

Self-doubt is often a nagging remnant from our past. If we were often told that we’re wrong or won’t amount to anything, we internalize the message that we can’t succeed in life. We need positive mirroring in order to develop healthy self-worth. Frequent shaming leaves us with the sense of being inadequate or defective. We […]

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