We are entering an age when creativity will become increasingly important. Our world is transformed by those who can turn great ideas into real, tangible products and initiatives. Applying imaginative thinking skills to create something new is no small task, but there are quite a few people who do it over and over again, tapping into their creative potential. In the second installment of the 10 Twitterers series, I have identified ten individuals who actively apply their imaginations to create something. These “creative doers” aren’t only the typically thought of visual artists. These creators range from filmmakers to fundraisers to industrial designers, illustrating that the creative capacity manifests itself in many different forms. Unifying the group is their Twitter participation, documenting and sharing their creative journeys in 140 words or less. Go ahead and read their posts, it might provide some insight into their creative process and hopefully it will inspire you to unleash your own creativity.
Nancy Carlson: A children’s book author and illustrator of more than 60 titles. One of our favorites is Henry’s Amazing Imagination, which is about a shy mouse who channels his imagination into creative writing. Carlson’s tweets range from local Minnesota gallery openings to posts of her daily doodles. You can also check out Nancy’s blog here.
Gregg Gillis: Better known by his stage name Girl Talk. Gillis has revolutionized digital sampling (and fair use) by piecing together hundreds of already well-known songs to make a “mashup.” He frequently posts links to new songs, and to a visualizer that identifies the samples used in the mashup.
Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist): A fashion insider turned street photographer who documents well-dressed fashionistas across the globe. Selected as one of Time Magazine‘s top 100 design influencers. Look for his tweets that link to a photo for daily inspiration. Schuman’s award-winning blog is called The Sartorialist.
Neil Gaiman: Award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer, perhaps best loved for his novella Coraline and The Sandman series published by DC Comics. Some of his tweets are about writing as an art form, acquiring funding for a film based on his short story The Price, and activities around town with Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls fame. Check out his blog here.
John Adams: Classical composer known for his operatic works and minimalist sounds. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the 9/11 memorial piece, On the Transmigration of Souls. Check out his blog here.
Gary Hustwit: A documentary film maker revealing the overlooked in art and design. Helvetica explored the world of typography, and its impact on our visual environment. Objectified examined our relationship with manufactured objects. The third in the design trilogy, Urbanized, looks at the design of cities. Follow Hustwit’s tweets to keep up with news about his projects.
Dawn Danby: Industrial designer and sustainable design strategist. Her main goal: to make things that benefit people and the world. As the manager of Autodesk’s Sustainable Design program, she helps architects, designers, and engineers transform the built world by making sustainable design easy and accessible through digital software.
Clifford Pickover: Scientist, mathematician, scholar, author of 40+ publications, and creator of the blog Wikidumper.org, billed as “The Official Appreciation Page for the Best of the Wikipedia Rejects.” Currently researching scientific visualization at IBM. Quote: “My primary interest is in finding new ways to expand creativity by melding art, science, mathematics, and other seemingly disparate areas of human endeavor.”
John Maeda: President of Rhode Island School of Design, graphic designer and computer scientist. Currently exploring how art and technology intersect. Often tweets inspirational quotes and keen insights on art and innovation. With others at RISD, Maeda blogs here.
Perry Chen: Concept strategist and cofounder of Kickstarter, a website that allows creative projects to receive funding through online donations. The site has put the term “crowd-funded art” on the map. So far $20 million has been pledged, meaning good news for independent artists.
Did you miss the latest post in this series, “Ten Imaginative Thinkers to Follow on Twitter”? Also, watch this space for the upcoming post where I discuss some of the top innovators in a range of fields.
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