Emily Biondo is a passionate, process-conscious artist and graphic designer based in Washington D.C. who’s work ranges from large-scale interactive art installations to intricate hand-drawn lettering. In her personal, paid, and pro-bono work she combines digital and physical mediums to create art that pops from a distance, draws you in, and begs for a closer, interactive look. We talked about her process, about working with clients, and why creating “the perfect work” would be a major bummer.
New York City portrait photographer, Alan Winslow, approach to his craft is rooted in minimalism and tradition. Rather than take thousands of shots digitally, in hopes of capturing the perfect picture, Alan prefers to shoot on film, giving him more time to set up the frame and get to know his subject. His creative process is finally completed in the darkroom where he perfects the color balance, the composition of the photograph, and creates a physical print.
Can yoga work for you? It’s about stretching your hamstrings and strengthening your biceps, but it’s also about improving your life. As a Yoga instructor in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Tasha Judson believes that small movements can have an enormous impact on fulfilling your potential as a conscious being. Teaching yoga gives her the opportunity to not only relieve her students of stress, but to express themselves creatively through freedom and happiness.
What's the common ground between cancer treatment and beer? As a successful oncologist, Orion Howard approaches each patient with honesty, compassion, and empathy, providing them with a dignified quality of life. His ability to listen and authentically connect with people has been one of the driving forces throughout his medical career and carried over into his new career as co-founder of Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Like oncology, brewing is a science that requires careful attention to the appropriate mixture of components in order to achieve success while never losing sight of the needs of the patient or the patron.
One more question for pop culture writer for the Washington Post, Elahe Izadi. How do you know if you've written something good?
Elahe Izadi is a journalist for the Washington Post who uses curiosity to fuel her creativity and fear to catalyze her growth as a writer. Covering pop culture, she writes in an entertaining fashion continuously seeking to explore and reflect the attitudes of society within the greater context of the world.
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” - John Lydgate
The very nature of politics dictates that while one group of people will be pleased with you, another group will be utterly disappointed with your performance. Greg Lemon, who is a communications director and speechwriter on Capitol Hill is all too familiar with this juxtaposition. At a time when the news cycle never ends, the emails never let up, and the phone continuously rings, he takes a measured approach to politics applying the old baseball adage, “Keep your highs low and your lows high” and focuses on the greater goals of the team, remembering that growth and forward progress takes time.
How did you turn failure into success? Brooklyn artist, Claudia Santiso’s willingness to fail, combined with a love of experimenting with those failures, has been the foundation for her burgeoning art career. Her creative evolution as an artist and distinct, if not somewhat improbable style of painting, is a testament to her non-conformist attitude, curiosity, and years of stubborn exploration.
Ever been stumped by a problem? When all of the potential solutions have been exhausted the people of North Adams, Massachusetts turn to the unique skills of Bill Greenwald. He’s a mechanical engineer, a mushroom grower, a pilot, and an airport manager, but at the heart of all of his talents, he is a problem solver. Whether he’s installing a kitchen sink, helping the local water company remain operational, designing the logistics for a dynamic piece of art, or developing a groundbreaking technique for growing Shiitake mushrooms, Bill’s creativity comes in the form of exploring pragmatic, cost effective, solutions to people’s problems.
What does wallpaper have to do with shoe design? Listen to Senior Design Director of Innovation for New Balance, J.F. Fullum, as we delve into his experimental approach to footwear design. Through collaboration with his design team, he creatively explores the future of running, fashion, materials, and technology. By thinking outside the box and drawing inspiration from other industries not typically associated with athletic shoe design, he continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible.
When most people think about public housing, they envision the failed high rise apartment buildings that were constructed in the 1950’s and 60’s. Many of those projects evolved into poorly managed slums and ghettos that were eventually demolished. Amy Winter is a planning administrator for the city of Cambridge Massachusetts, who is determined to not repeat the failures of the past. Through community outreach and innovative approaches, Amy and her colleagues are attempting to change the stigma around low income housing.
Professor emeritus, Dan Jones, has been practicing and teaching landscape architecture for over forty years, consulted on a number of seminal development projects, and mentored countless students who went on to have enormous impacts in the field of landscape architecture. Throughout his career he has extensively explored how creativity and design can be applied within the greater context of one’s surroundings.
When you embark on the journey of a relationship, you do so knowing that there are bound to be arguments along the way. By using a focused, measured approach, and a lot of trial and error, Sean Joyce has become an expert in winning these quarrels. Listen to learn his tried and true fighting methods, so you too can win your relationship.
In an age where people can achieve a sense of accomplishment through likes and shares, there are those on the front lines of motivated, grassroots movements, who are taking creative approaches towards advocating for a better future. Community organizers, Sam Jewler and Katie Ashmore are well aware that change takes time, but have discovered that a combination of anger, optimism, and persistence, results in positive growth in society.
One episode for Jeopardy! champion Andrew Lee wasn't enough! Listen to Part 2 of his winning story.
Andrew Lee was training for Jeopardy! since childhood and in the summer of 2016 he finally got the call from Alex Trebek that he had been dreaming of. Not only did he appear on the famed game show, but he won! Listen to find out his design of a winning strategy.
CIA trained chef, Tony DiSalvo's approach to cooking has been an evolution in creativity. During his twenty-six years in the industry he's grown to appreciate the simplicity of ingredients, the exploration of world cuisines, and inspiration provided by nature.
Craig Smith's cerebral approach to basketball extends far beyond the court and his story is a lesson in the power of positive thinking. Despite being a talented player in his youth, he was underrated, undervalued, and overlooked. Not to be deterred,he bought into his own abilities and his vision of what he wanted for the future. That vision started to come into focus during his years at Boston College and eventually came to fruition in 2006 when Craig was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Draft.
Fitness is an essential part of Raneir Pollard's life and his belief is that a person's relationship with fitness never ends. Instead it evolves, adapts, and expands through the continual experimentation of workouts and exercises that each individual can get excited about. Age catches up to us all, but there's no reason we should give in, give up, or relax.
Like most people working in the current Renaissance of tech Andy Lawton's story as a developer started with his involvement in the "Tupac Mp3 Chat Forum", quickly rose to NASA, and now the dating app Tinder. Listen to how his failures in life created a chip on his shoulder that pushed him towards the perfection of his craft.