Elliott Kalan was an intern at The Daily Show (thedailyshow). Then he became a production assistant, a segment producer, a writer, and now, head writer. Here, Kalan talks to Co.Create about the kinds of choices that can help sustain momentum in a career that requires creativity.
“I wish there was a comedy census that the government would send out like ‘Here’s the top percentile of funny people in America. You should hire them.’ But unfortunately that program I think got shot down. Probably by the Republicans.”
Fast Company’s Bob Safian joins Morning Joe to discuss the magazine’s list of the 100 most creative people, which includes actress Anna Kendrick, Jerry Seinfeld, the U.S. secretary of transportation and more.
These are the people who are shaking up business-as-usual in 2014
If she doesn’t like it, you can blame science.
"Since I believe in both working and playing as hard as I can, and Burning Man isn’t every single day, I have to figure out a way to be outré and loud and crazy as often as possible," BlogHer CEO, Lisa Stone says. "We play a lot of games in my family, and anyone who doesn’t own Cards Against Humanity should go right out and buy a deck."
[Images courtesy of Cards Against Humanity]
“I thought walking outside would blow everything out of the water but walking on a treadmill in a small, boring room still had strong results, which surprised me.”
“What we’re basically looking for are people who are expert in their area but are dissatisfied with the ecosystem in which they operate. I call them restless experts.”
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When Jim Brett took over as West Elm’s president in 2010, he noticed a big issue that he immediately wanted to fix: chocolate boxes.
Jim Brett was haunted by mud-colored squares. When he started as West Elm’s president in 2010, he couldn’t believe how a furniture store could have so many products designed with such little imagination. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s with the brown boxes?’” he says. “The whole brand was brown boxes made in China. There wasn’t a curve in the store!” From couches to beds to dressers, much of the line consisted of low-slung angular block shapes covered in lifeless chocolate finishes. Even the West Elm logo was trapped inside a pair of overlapping squares. “It was all machine-made, all very clean and simple, and all very soulless,” says Brett. “I wanted to bring personality and soul and handmade into the business.”
I want to work in an igloo!
We asked our followers to send us pictures of their creative work spaces. Here, we feature some of our favorites. To submit yours, tweet us (@FastCoDesign) a photo using #MyCreativeSpace.
"In 5 years, a computer system could know what you like to eat better than you do. A machine that experiences flavor will determine the precise chemical structure of food and why people like it. Not only will it get you to eat healthier, but it will also surprise us with unusual pairings of foods that are designed to maximize our experience of taste and flavor. Digital taste buds will help you to eat smarter." - How Creative Can Computers Be?