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Pay Attention: The Art of Noticing

Welcome to 99U’s monthly Book Club, where we look at book releases that challenge us to think deeper, explore new perspectives, and spark a better understanding of the nuances of a creative career from leadership and community building to productivity and everything in between. *** Have you ever been on a Zoom call where someone drinks from a mug?...

How to Channel a Daily Vision into a 20-Year Photography Career

In January, an eight-minute video ricocheted across the internet. In it, photographer Noah Kalina chronicled some 7,300 self-portraits, taken daily over the last two decades. As he stares wide-eyed into the camera, we watch a 19-year-old aspiring artist transform—ever slowly, over the years—into a man with a deeply respected photography career. As the...

Highlights from the 12th Annual 99U Conference: The Creative Self

This year’s 99U Conference was, for the first time, a free, virtual experience with attendees joining us from around the world. From a paper-crafting workshop that investigates the interplay of the physical and digital, courtesy of Kelli Anderson, to Antionette D. Carroll’s blueprint for genuine inclusivity and equity, there is a wealth of ideas from...

Emily Cohen: Building the Love Into Creative Business

About this talk Self-proclaimed “brutally honest” creative business strategist and consultant Emily Cohen says the concept of love is a starting point for all her interactions and relationships. She shares the practical ways that we can show and receive love in relationships with clients, employees, and colleagues, and how to build lasting, reciprocal...

John S. Couch: Designing a New Day

About this talk Even those of us working our dream jobs have hidden ambitions that our routines don’t accommodate. For author and artist John S. Couch, that means the intimidating prospect of trying his hand at stand-up comedy. In this workshop, he leads us through a painting exercise where he shows us how to build time into your schedule for those...

Antionette D. Carroll: Understanding Identity, Power, & Equity in Design Leadership

About this talk Antionette Carroll, Founder, President, and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, believes that if inequality is by design, then it can be re-designed by us. Over the years, she has helmed multiple initiatives dedicated to solving the fundamental problems of inequity and fair representation in the design industry and expanding our roles to...

Kelli Anderson: Materials for Computer People

About this workshop Designer and paper engineer Kelli Anderson creates incredible things from analog materials: planetariums, cameras, and speakers. In this workshop, Kelli walks us through the computational thinking of artists including Sol LeWitt, George Perec, and Marjan Teeuwen, and introduces us to analog computing through exercises that engage...

Octavia Bromell: Exploring Personal Projects

About this workshop UK-based illustrator and artist Octavia Bromell creates a vivid, joyful world that embraces life’s small, everyday pleasures. In this workshop, she shares how embracing personal creative projects has had a transformative effect on her work and mental health. This workshop was recorded remotely on May 20, 2020.  

Michelle Rial: Chart Your Life

About this workshop You may look at a pair of nail clippers and see a useful, everyday tool, not worth a second glance. Michelle Rial, illustrator, chart-maker, and author of Am I Overthinking This?, looks at the same object and sees dozens of creative possibilities and an opportunity for a productive brainstorming session. In this workshop, she gives...

A.J. Jacobs: Practicing Radical Gratitude

Few people recognize the value of a thank you note more than A.J. Jacobs. The author and journalist embarked on a quest to thank everyone involved in making his daily cup of coffee, and found that this simple gesture of gratitude had a powerful impact on his relationship to the world and his own attitude. In this talk, he explores how shifting our focus...

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