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AWeber’s Mike Smith On How To Manage Your Team, Your Time, And Your Personal Creative Passions

Mike Smith is an in-house creative with a passion for high-quality design and a knack for branding. He first realized his love for graphic art in middle school and has been nurturing it ever since. We caught up with the art director at email marketing company AWeber late last year to talk about growing his career in-house, managing a team and his life as a creative multi-tasker.

January 9, 2017

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It’s A Great Time To Be A Creative Leader And We Have The Stats To Prove It

We had lots of fun connecting with thousands of fellow creatives at Adobe MAX earlier this month. As makers of software that powers the work of creative and marketing teams, we were also thrilled to read Adobe’s State of Create: 2016 report that was released in conjunction with MAX. Adobe surveyed over 5000 respondents across the globe about their attitudes on creativity. We pulled out some of the key stats and what they mean for you and your team.

November 28, 2016

Debbie Millman on Creative Leader Courage

Debbie Millman On Why Creative Leaders Need Courage More Than Confidence

Debbie Millman is a designer, artist, author, educator, CMO of Sterling Brands and host of Design Matters, the world's first and longest-running podcast on design. As President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history, and one of the most influential designers working today as named by Graphic Design USA, Debbie’s leadership in the industry is undeniable. We were so inspired by her presentation at HOW Design Live 2016 about overcoming rejection and failure that we tracked her down to learn more about her secrets to creative success.

September 6, 2016


Why Only Suckers Don’t Take Summer Vacations

It’s currently prime vacation season across the country. For those of you who need a little nudge in order to take advantage of your hard-earned two weeks (or more), here’s why you should pack your bags this summer:

July 13, 2016


Lessons On Creativity From Author and Harvard Professor Sarah Lewis

Where do new creative ideas come from? What drives change in society? What does it truly mean to fail?

These are all questions posed by Sarah Lewis in her speech titled Vision & Justice: Art and Citizenship, delivered this month as a part of a Creative Matters lecture series put on by the University of Iowa. An accomplished author on creativity (her book The Rise is a bestseller) and an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, Lewis shared her unique insights on art, social change, and failure with the audience.

April 28, 2016


How To Win Champions, Influence Colleagues And Impress Clients As An In-House Leader

We know our function is vital to business and know we’re influencing top-line and bottom-line results, however, in a meeting where the sales team can boast about their numbers, it’s may feel tough to demonstrate that to other departments. But, as Steve Jobs said, “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” It’s also made Apple a brand worth $495 billion. A company that values the creative as much as the technical will have a better chance of thriving in any competitive market.

November 15, 2016


Four Late Summer Must-Dos For Creative Leaders

Labor Day is around the corner. School is starting any day now. Last week, I swear I saw a single yellow leaf flutter onto the sidewalk in front of me on my morning walk to work. Summer 2016 is drawing to a close and while we still have weeks of sunshine and warm temps left to bask in, the arrival of September brings with it an undeniably different mindset. Before you pack up the lawn chairs and turn down the office A/C, there are few tasks to tackle that lend themselves perfectly to the final days of summer. If you’re a leader who wants to close out the season on a high note, here’s how we suggest you do it.

August 23, 2016


10 Gems Of Wisdom From HOW Design Live

Last week, our team returned from HOW Design Live, a raucous, high-energy conference that draws thousands of creatives from across the country. The jam-packed agenda delivered almost more wisdom than a single attendee could absorb. For those of you who couldn’t attend, or just couldn’t be in two breakout rooms at once, we rounded up some of our favorite words of inspiration.

June 2, 2016


10 Productivity Stats That Will Surprise You

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Americans spend more time at work than they do sleeping. Not all of that time at the office is well-spent, though.

Here are 10 productivity statistics that will surprise you.

April 14, 2016