With the news that Monty Python are putting together a new(ish) show, now seems like a good time to revisit John Cleese’s talk on how to approach the challenge of being creative, some frankly dodgy jokes but a lot of interesting ideas too… s Five conditions that make creativity more likely: Space – a place […]Read More John Cleese on creativity
Wi-Phi, or ‘Wireless Philosophy’ is an online, open access philosophy project co-created by Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wi-Phi’s mission is to ‘ introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject.‘ […]Read More A toolkit for building a better mind
One Thing I Know – Hard-earned insights from Creative Leaders – is a really valuable new website created by Creative England. Billed as a guide for anyone setting up a creative business, the website features a series of personal essays by entrepreneurs from the creative industry, each one offering advice on a range of subjects […]Read More More than one thing worth knowing…
This nice infographic from eventility looks at how sports teams and individuals are using Facebook and twitter to connect with their fans. Difficult to draw any firm conclusions but there must be some interesting lessons to learn from all those people following Cristiano Ronaldo, not all of whom can be Real Madrid or even football […]Read More Who are all those people following Cristiano Ronaldo?
This week That Vital Spark got a fresh coat of paint with a move onto a new WordPress theme – Skylark. The change is another bit of learning-by-doing, prompted by some work on the use of ‘Responsive Web Design’. (To see how Skylark adapts to different sized readers, try grabbing the right hand edge of […]Read More Responsive Web Design
It might be the pedant in me, but I’m afraid I really don’t like ‘Since Now’ – the tag line for Nissan’s new Infiniti Hybrid ad campaign I know that one of the aims of any ad campaign is to grab and hold viewers attention, but ideally this should be with something intriguing, engaging or […]Read More From when on did ‘Since Now’ make good copy?
“How I Escaped My Certain Fate, The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian” is Stewart Lee’s brilliant account of his return to stand-up comedy after a four-year break. Very funny, often rude and occasionally disgusting, ‘Stew’ uses transcripts of three shows along with extensive explanatory footnotes to create a fascinating insight into the peculiar […]Read More The Art of the Communicator – Stewart Lee