Web Designer Joke: A web designer walks into a bar, but immediately leaves in disgust upon noticing the tables layout.
Believe it or not, that made me chuckle. Anyway, I’ve decided to try some public speaking. Perhaps share my knowledge of Internet marketing, Web Design, Social Media and SEO at a business workshop or club meeting. What do you think? I think I’d better not tell that joke.
There was an interesting article in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution recently:
‘Creativity’ doesn’t have to mean ‘originality’ by Rosalind Bentley
I read the headline. I paused…”Better read this article” I thought. Turns out the article is about the philosophies in a book by Austin Kleon called “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative”. You can look him up at www.austinkleon.com. Simply put, the book says nothing is original, and anything you do has roots in something else. The sooner you acknowledge it, the more imaginative and dynamic your own work will become. So embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path.
This makes me think of a mashup, which is exactly what I create. In web development, a mashup is a Web page that uses and combines data, presentation or functionality from two or more sources to create new services. I collect, remix and re-imagine apps that combine to create a useful web presence for my clients. That mashup is presented as a visually elegant website.
Following is a great discussion on Kleon’s book and “stealing” in many contexts, including business. Enjoy!