Astrophysicist, Cameron Hummels discusses his greatest creative success and greatest creative failure.
After gaining recognition for his musical talents, Lee Duck dropped out of college, signed with an agent, and began touring with his band full time. At just nineteen years old, he never imagined gaining any level of fame from music and gave even less thought to concert lighting. Dissatisfied with the lighting options that were available to a band on a shoestring budget, he took it upon himself to learn about and design lighting for his own band, drastically changing the trajectory of his career.
Screenprinter and illustrator, Dave Kloc, discusses his biggest failure, what he learned from it and his greatest success.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Camden Unglesbee isn't your "typical" stylist. Looking at him you might think he just destroyed a hotel room after a sweaty concert in a basement, but in reality he probably performed a delicate cut and color with a gentle shampoo. As fringe culture has seeped into the mainstream creatives like Camden help push us all to be a little more rock n' roll and embrace the coolest version of ourselves.
Voltaire said, "The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease", but sometimes it's also about the chicks, beer, and not taking yourself too seriously. In order to become an excellent surgeon Dr. Silverman labored over his craft for the past decade, however one of his greatest skills is understanding people. Connecting with his patients, through empathy, kindness, and humor is a crucial aspect of Silverman's approach to medicine and improving their quality of life.