The Creativity Book

February 4, 2010

…my kind of book…Enjoy. I sure did…

Now go create.

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I love the “CREATION” aspect of design: To take an idea/vision, and bring it to life. Especially when my “canvas space” is an entire wall.

The Student Athlete Building on Brigham Young University campus had a wall needing to be replaced. They showed me the wall I would be working on, and explained what changes needed to be made. I actually really like the “Classic BYU” image they already had, but they wanted something “up to date”. Besides their few specific changes, BYU granted me total design freedom. In this blog entry I will share with you my personal process from VISION to CREATION. Your feedback is very welcome. Enjoy.

Original Wall

Original Wall

Requested Changes

Requested Changes

First Draft

First Draft

Second Draft

Second Draft

Third Draft

Third Draft

FINAL DRAFT

FINAL DRAFT

...from computer screen...

...from computer screen...

...to the wall...

...to the wall...

by Garrett Gee

by Garrett Gee

DJ Earworm comes to Utah

January 30, 2010

Last Wednesday night at 10:30 pm I received an email from my buddies at blurb notifying me of a 3 day designers conference going on at Grand America Hotel. The Altitude Design Summit would be attended by graphic designers, interior designers, industrial designers, musicians, photographers, fashion designers, and the bloggers that blog about them. I had to be there.

Without knowing how I would travel there, or how I would pay the $400 entry fee, I packed up extra clothes, a nice tie of course, 1,000 business cards, set them by the door, and went to bed. Long intense story, short: The networking conference began the next day at 6:30 pm and I arrived via carpool/hitch hike/Utah Trax  in front of the Grand America Hotel by 6:25 pm.

The conference included networking events, a social dinner/dance, classes, speakers, great food, and top designers/bloggers from all across the nation. The whole event was inspirational and I could write about it all day. But one of my favorite speakers was Friday’s Keynote speaker during lunch: DJ Earworm.

DJ Earworm (aka Jordan Roseman) is a San Francisco-based mashup artist. He has become most famous for his yearly “United State of Pop” mashups where he combines the top 22-25 Billboard songs into 1 crazy-exciting mashup. And by “famous” I mean FAMOUS. He was December 2010’s most watched video on youtube with over 9 million views!

He began his speech by explaining the origin of “mashups”, that before there were ever full 100% original compositions, there were mashups. In Europe, clans would have their trademark tune, instrument, or sound. When they would meet with other clans from other lands, they would play their tunes together. It was later that people began creating full original compositions.

My favorite thing about DJ Earworm was how much he loved his own work. He would get so excited to show us samples of his work and even though he put on video to go with his songs, the audience couldn’t help but watch him as he rocked out to his own music.

It was a pleasure to go up and meet him afterwards. Great guy. He gave away 4 signed CDs and I was lucky enough to walk away with one of them. I support DJ Earworm. Enjoy:

DJ EARWORM CD signed

DJ EARWORM CD signed

Karate Kid Trailer 2010

January 28, 2010

ECO SCRAPS LOGO/BRANDING

January 27, 2010

I need your opinion. I’m involved with a new company, Eco Scraps. We turn old food (garbage), into useful fertilizer. I’ve been working on our logo/branding and would like your feedback: Which is your favorite? I appreciate for your input.

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January 26, 2010

My best friend Morgan Lyman showed introduced me to this amazing artist…

The “Race to Creation”

January 24, 2010

THE RACE TO CREATION

It is my belief that inspiration is a gift from God above.  It is given to those who are ready, deserving, or perhaps whom God is wanting to test. When God sees it fit to introduce into our world a new idea or invention, He does so by inspiring us, His children. He does not just inspire one of us, but gives many of us the opportunity. From that moment: It is a “Race to Creation”.

The invention of the Telephone: We all know Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone. But I find it quite interesting on the same day (February 14th, 1876) that Mr. Bell filed his patent application for the telephone a certain Elisha Gray also filed a patent for the telephone, only a couple of hours after Mr. Bell. Gray lost his rights to the telephone as a result.

My personal loss of a “Race to Creation”: When I was 19 I left home to go serve a 2-year mission in Russia. My worried mother packed me with 2 years worth of shampoo, condition, lotion, bag balm, sea breeze, and everything else “absolutely crucial” to survive. However, while going through SLC Airport security, I was forced to discard all liquids over 3 ounces.   This was a problem. Problems lead to innovation. Innovation leads to creation. Thus began a certain “Race to Creation”:

That night I wrote in the back page of my mission journal about an idea to create a travel kit that would allow frequent travelers to pass airport security with all needed liquid toiletries. The idea sat there on the back page of my mission journal for 2 years. I was sure that by the time I returned home to America that it would already be created. To my surprise it wasn’t.

I began by sketching out my ideas. From there I created my own prototypes using Play-Doh. I even tested my prototypes with family and friends. Finally it came time that I took my idea to Vic Lo Forte with prototype company Tuscany 3-D. Mr. Vic Lo Forte was amazingly kind and willing to take the time to work with me, an inexperienced inventor.

However, not all were so willing to work with the inexperienced. The patent attorney I spoke with (he wouldn’t meet with me in person so we only spoke over the phone) shot me down from the beginning and almost completely crushed any motivation to continue with product design/entrepreneurship.

Six months later, I received a picture on my cell phone from my sister with the message: “I’m sorry but you are not going to believe this.” She had been walking through Nordstrom and came across a Clinique package that reminded her of a sketch of my invention.

A little bit later I came by a second cosmetic kit that, again, resembled my idea. Clearly, I had lost the race.

I have learned from that experience.   I believe that God blesses us with revelation and new ideas to bless us…it is up to us whether or not we want to act on it.  Through BYU classes, mentors, and more experience I have learned the best ways to prevent that from happening again. I hope to share these resources and information through this blog. I would love to help, answer questions, or hear your similar stories.