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Between Two Ferns Cocreator Scott Aukerman On The Art Of The Awkward Pause

Aukerman has turned the talk-show format on its head with that Zach Galifianakis web series and a comedy show on IFC, Comedy Bang! Bang!

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Mimi Valdés went from magazines to multimedia success.

Valdés is creative director for Pharrell’s i am OTHER, a multimedia company that works in music, apparel, philanthropy, film, video, and whatever else Pharrell wants to explore. Hers is a simple title for a complicated position where she is responsible for an astounding number of things. “Album covers, music videos, live concert performances, I’m in charge of executing all of that,” says Valdés, adding that she is not as directly involved with the fashion side of Pharrell’s growing empire. She is working on so many projects simultaneously that she has taken to listing each on its own index card. The stack is more than an inch thick.

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Mimi Valdés went from magazines to multimedia success.

Valdés is creative director for Pharrell’s i am OTHER, a multimedia company that works in music, apparel, philanthropy, film, video, and whatever else Pharrell wants to explore. Hers is a simple title for a complicated position where she is responsible for an astounding number of things. “Album covers, music videos, live concert performances, I’m in charge of executing all of that,” says Valdés, adding that she is not as directly involved with the fashion side of Pharrell’s growing empire. She is working on so many projects simultaneously that she has taken to listing each on its own index card. The stack is more than an inch thick.

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From Jay-Z to de Balzac, these famous creative minds have developed some odd habits on the path to genius.
There is no secret formula for innovation, and a lot of great minds arrive at their creativity in many different ways.
Though we’d all like to crack the code for reaching our creative breakthrough, it’s likely that emulating the habits prescribed by one famous person or another won’t be the cure-all to your stagnated creativity. Though, there’s probably no harm in giving it a try.

So to satiate your voyeuristic curiosity, compiled here are some of the least orthodox, but still effective creative processes of eight great minds.
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From Jay-Z to de Balzac, these famous creative minds have developed some odd habits on the path to genius.

There is no secret formula for innovation, and a lot of great minds arrive at their creativity in many different ways.

Though we’d all like to crack the code for reaching our creative breakthrough, it’s likely that emulating the habits prescribed by one famous person or another won’t be the cure-all to your stagnated creativity. Though, there’s probably no harm in giving it a try.

So to satiate your voyeuristic curiosity, compiled here are some of the least orthodox, but still effective creative processes of eight great minds.

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If you’re going to sell tickets to a marathon of five mystery Tom Cruise movies, you’d better remind people how much they’ve loved that guy.
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If you’re going to sell tickets to a marathon of five mystery Tom Cruise movies, you’d better remind people how much they’ve loved that guy.

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Turn Old Bottles Into iPhone Cases With This 3-D Printer From Will.i.am And Coca-Cola

You probably know will.i.am best as founder and frontman of hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas. But in the past three years, when he’s not singing about lovely lady lumps, he has been busy as Chief Creative Officer of U.S. manufacturer 3D Systems, designing a 3-D printer that aims to help reduce plastic waste.

His Ekocycle Cube 3-D Printer—designed by 3D Systems for home use and developed in collaboration with Coca-Cola—turns recycled plastic bottles into anything from guitar picks to iPhone cases.

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To give you a sense of the civic vitriol sweeping across the Windy City, here are some of the best burns about the sign.

3. Chicago Sun-Times Op-Ed"Trump’s sign—“TRUMP”—now being affixed to his skyscraper on the Chicago River, is no friendly beacon. It is no candlelit dinner. It is anything but a good neighbor. It is, rather, an obnoxious New York interloper, not unlike The Donald himself.”

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To give you a sense of the civic vitriol sweeping across the Windy City, here are some of the best burns about the sign.

3. Chicago Sun-Times Op-Ed
"Trump’s sign—“TRUMP”—now being affixed to his skyscraper on the Chicago River, is no friendly beacon. It is no candlelit dinner. It is anything but a good neighbor. It is, rather, an obnoxious New York interloper, not unlike The Donald himself.”

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In the role of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Uzo Aduba has proven to be one of OITNB’s most versatile performers. Aduba talks to Co.Create about the thinking behind Crazy Eyes and how she brings the complex character to life.

"My representation called me and they said, ‘We have some really great news for you.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ They said, ‘Do you know that audition you went on for Orange is the New Black?’ ‘Totally, absolutely!’ ‘Well, you didn’t get it.’ I was like, ‘Alright. So what is the good news?’ ‘They’d like to offer you another part—Crazy Eyes.’"


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In the role of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Uzo Aduba has proven to be one of OITNB’s most versatile performers. Aduba talks to Co.Create about the thinking behind Crazy Eyes and how she brings the complex character to life.

"My representation called me and they said, ‘We have some really great news for you.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ They said, ‘Do you know that audition you went on for Orange is the New Black?’ ‘Totally, absolutely!’ ‘Well, you didn’t get it.’ I was like, ‘Alright. So what is the good news?’ ‘They’d like to offer you another part—Crazy Eyes.’"

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Celebrity Selfies Become Art With The “Phonies” Photo Series

U.K. photographer Dan Rubin (danrubin) recently embarked on a project to mash-up celebrity selfie culture with its more anonymous analogue. In “Phonies,” the photographer shoots random people on the street holding a smartphone over their faces like the apple in Magritte’s “Son of Man,”, only these phones bear the famous faces of Kim Kardashian, Lily Allen, and Aaron Paul. It’s a neat trick that seems to hold a mirror up to society and display how we all seem to want to be seen.

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