Category: Creativity

I have been listening and following RedIceCreations for about four years now and thought that I should repost an advert for it, for those who have not heard about or come across it yet. There really is no better online station out there for providing you with alternative radio and I highly recommend that you drop in, find an interview topic that sounds interesting and give it a listen.


It’s here at last!! After over a year of painting in my spare time, my creative journey with ‘ Kokapelli ‘ is at an end and it’s time to share it with you all. Enjoy!

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12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking…


1. You are creative. The artist is not a special person, each one of us is a special kind of artist. Every one of us is born a creative, spontaneous thinker. The only difference between people who are creative and people who are not is a simple belief. Creative people believe they are creative. People who believe they are not creative, are not. Once you have a particularidentity and set of beliefs about yourself, you become interested in seeking out the skills needed to express your identity and beliefs. This is why people who believe they are creative become creative. If you believe you are not creative, then there is no need to learn how to become creative and you don’t. The reality is that believing you are not creative excuses you from trying or attempting anything new. When someone tells you that they are not creative, you are talking to someone who has no interest and will make no effort to be a creative thinker.

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Dili Diey, 25, fled to England from southern Sudan as a boy soldier and now lives in Huddersfield. “Count yourselves lucky to be at peace in Kirklees. Killing someone haunts you for the rest of your life,” he tells a group of young people from four Kirklees schools.

Diey’s harrowing story features in the animated film, Untold Stories, part of a new campaign, Books Not Bullets, to highlight the plight of child soldiers. Books Not Bullets is the brainchild of a group of Kirklees teenagers after they heard firsthand Diey’s tales of genocide survivors.

“Dili’s story shocked us,” says Janita Rauf, 14. “On a bad day, I wish I didn’t have to go to school. But for Dili, every day was a bad day and he had no education at all. I know I’m lucky.”

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If you have been wanting to have your own website but have been afraid of development and maintenance costs, I have a suggestion for you.

I recently stumbled acrsoss a website called Here they provide an online service that allows to build your own Flash website with a minimum of fuss. For a small fee you can also bolt on an e-commerce widget, that will allow you to build your own online store or add PayPal buttons. Don’t be fooled into thinking by their logo, that this is gimicky.  It’s actually really rather good and can (hopefully) only get better with customer feedback.

I am currently in the process of redesigning my website ( and have come to view as the tool I have been waiting for. I had just been getting to grips with Macromedia Flash’s Actionscript 2, when Actionscript 3 appeared having radically updated the programming language, making what I had learnt out of date. Wix is a purely front end development tool that allows the user to design their website without having to know all the code and the great thing is, is it’s packed with animated buttons, widgets, icons etc, that you can not only drag and drop, but customise to suit your style or needs.

It’s easy to get to grips with and enables the user to publish the site immediately, without the need for a seperate  FTP client. This makes it a doddle to update and puts you in the driver’s seat in terms of keeping the site up to date, without the need to outsource to work to an expensive design firm. Check it out…


The objective of advertising has always been to get inside people’s heads, but now BMW has found a way to do it whether we like it or not.

Working with the lighting company Profoto, the German giant put together an ad that burns the company’s logo into your mind. Near the end of the ad viewers were told to close their eyes and were surprised to find that they could see the letters BMW as if they were written on the back of their eyelids.

The commercial took advantage of what is known as the afterimage effect, the same optical illusion that makes an image of the sun appear in your eyes long after you’ve stopped looking at it.

Don’t expect to see the technique showing up in TV commercials anytime soon though. Using afterimage likely qualifies as subliminal advertising, which has been banned in Canada and the United States since the mid 1970s. The ban followed the use of flash frames (think “Fight Club”) in commercials to implant messages into viewers’ minds.

To learn exactly how the commercial worked watch the video below.

For those who need an introduction, Banksy is deservedly the most famous or notorious (what you will) street artist in the world today. Though he started his exploits in the streets of England, he is of international renown for works in such locations as New Orleans, Paris, Los Angeles, Melbourne and the Israeli West Bank. He’s also a master prankster and pretty much the figurehead of anarchic protest art.


I have no doubt he has earned his place in art history. His book Wall and Piece is one of the coolest and cleverest art books you can get today. There’s no question of his technical abilities and his versatility as an artist. How he can take another work of art and redefine  it to be seen in a contemporary, socio- political viewpoint means he’s an appropriator in the most skilled and respected sense. But what I love the most about his work is the humour. It is sun-  bleached wall dry with a strong sense of the charmingly wicked (I love his rats). I like how he makes a point of his work enhancing a location and never detracting. I know that not all would agree on that, especially municipal councils.

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Several months ago I worked as the sole animator with Wonky Films, on a project called ‘Tower Hamlets’. Usually, I would keep my creative work out of this blog, but as its linked to ‘Community’, I thought I would shamelessly promote it! Enjoy… m

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The TED Talks are involved in entertaining new ideas and presenting new solutions. There are some facinating talks available, most of which can be found via YouTube but take a look at their website to get an overview.

I think this video had been seen by most people who are savy to the web but I feel it’s important to host as it, as its so poignant.

If advertising uses these sort of techniques on all products, then how distorted is the general perception of our reality? What do we know about the logos that are stamped on our products? And are some of the most mainstream companies in the world secretly connected?

Many people have been looking into this and the evidence to support the idea that they are, is on the rise.

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