How to Open the Door to Infinite Possibilities

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Infinite Possibilities Denise R. Jacobs HOW Interactive Conferecne | San Francisco, CA 20 September 2015

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@denisejacobs #HIDC @HOWbrand #infinitepossible

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From Front-end Dev à Creativity Evangelist Photo by Derek Kearney

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à Founder + CEO/Chief Creativity Evangelist http://TheCreativeDose.com/

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1,1,2,3… https://www.flickr.com/photos/bdunnette/143567420

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It’s the new Black http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/

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IBM CEO Study, 2010 https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/31670.wss

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Time Magazine Creativity Poll, 2013 http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/

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Survey of 684 Developers https://www.flickr.com/photos/ter-burg/8812567121

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We have it, then we lose it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/

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This is Water. https://www.flickr.com/photos/seotaro/2101165162

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You are powerfully creative http://www.designyourway.net/diverse/4/ux/brainy.jpg?e8a293

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Some of the many gifts of UX Designers Curiousity Problem-solvers (experiential & visual) Critical Thinkers Empathic, Humanizers Collaborative Masters of strategic simplification

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“User experience is an art form of its own.” – Carrie Cousins, “Why Does User Experience Matter?” http://designshack.net/articles/why-does-user-experience-matter/

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Science and Art meet in Wonder https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/Uploads/cafesci/images/Toronto-14-04-09-artscience%20cafe%20osc%20crop%20small.jpg

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“…A fantastic UX creates an emotional bond, causing users and customers to become advocates.” – Jennifer Smith, "Why UX is important"

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Can even elicit devotion http://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/174718774/

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“I just LOVE (insert device/app/site)!” https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/7348035690/

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Now is the time to value yourself https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/3277839203

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“The new scarcity: the time, energy, and brainpower of bright, creative people.” - Mary Poppendieck, “Think For Yourself”

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How to move forward?

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The Dark or the Light

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It starts with One http://www.flickr.com/photos/33498942@N04/6009639079/

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The pattern of nature

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We are part of this pattern https://www.flickr.com/photos/124263610@N08/14201837570/

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The Golden Ratio https://www.flickr.com/photos/gdvan/14910785913

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Everything comes from this divine unfolding https://www.flickr.com/photos/rammorrison/2718543921

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What direction should you go?

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Making one solid choice is the beginning

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The paradox of choice http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/2279939232/

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CHOOSE https://www.flickr.com/photos/buttersponge/4955768144

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Non-Creative or Creative?

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Who here is creative? http://www.flickr.com/photos/barretthall/3036598475/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3135103537/

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“Creativity is all about making connections and seeing patterns.” Bruce Nussbaum, Creative Intelligence http://www.flickr.com/photos/kosmotesto/3794445313/

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Child, please. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mahalie/276780530/

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My response:

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Internal fears = Inner Critic Photo: Denise Jacobs

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In Tibetan, creative = natural https://www.flickr.com/photos/norte_it/2340805781

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Creativity ≠ Trying to be Creative http://www.theprofessionalcreative.com/take-the-first-step-to-become-creative/

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Trying ≠ Practicing

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“Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda http://www.wallpaper4me.com/images/wallpapers/do_or_do_not_w1.jpeg

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“If I try to be creative, rather than just accepting that I am creative, I fail.” Andrew J. Epstein

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Not about effort

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More like breathing http://www.flickr.com/photos/guiniveretoo/1573049301/

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Like breathing, you can build http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel77/2728104156/

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Get in tune with the process https://www.flickr.com/photos/flavijus/566174947

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What’s your creative frequency? http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sine_waves_different_frequencies.svg

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Listen/tune in

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Filter out the background noise Photo: Denise Jacobs

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Frequency: Occurrence https://www.flickr.com/photos/joelanman/367425390

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Frequency: Practice https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/275200051/

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Become an idea machine

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Challenge/Homework: Ten Ideas a day https://www.flickr.com/photos/evaekeblad/15294401442

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“Deciding for creativity does not guarantee that creativity will emerge, but without the decision, it certainly will not.” – Robert Sternberg

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Decide upon Creativity. Choose it. Then, amplify your creative frequency.

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Fixed or Growth Mindset?

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Mindset, by Carol Dweck http://mindsetonline.com

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Which looks more familiar?

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Fixed mindset https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethscupham/7328405210

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Fixed Mindset focused on Perfection Talent Ability Accomplishment Comparison

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“Maybe I don’t have enough talent.” “What if I fail?” “If I don’t try, I can protect my dignity.” “It’s not my fault. It’s something/someone else’s.”

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(Sounds an awful lot like the Inner Critic, no?)

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Perfectionist? http://www.flickr.com/photos/diepuppenstubensammlerin/7648792510/

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Growth Mindset

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Growth Mindset focused on Learning Willingness to fail Curiosity Expansion Being self-referential

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Embrace and enjoy learning

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How do you change from Fixed to Growth? http://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/

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1) Listen for your Fixed Mindset voice http://www.flickr.com/photos/theory/3193684632/

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2) Recognize that you have a choice https://www.flickr.com/photos/cjsmithphotography/6804513809

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3) Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice

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“I can learn to do this with time & effort.” “Most successful people have had failure along the way.” “If I don’t try, I automatically fail.” “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it.”

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4) Take growth mindset action

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Growth Mindset actions http://www.flickr.com/photos/onegiantleap/4124211492/

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Adopt a beginner’s mind http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959867550/ &http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/959864706/

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Release the Tyranny of the Expert https://www.flickr.com/photos/64540855@N07/5878418781

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Rediscover the familiar https://www.flickr.com/photos/77654185@N07/8428225936

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Re-learn something from a friend https://www.flickr.com/photos/ribbitvoice/2339351666

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Learn something entirely new http://www.flickr.com/photos/13723940@N04/2648317554/

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In my own life: learning Improv Photo: Denise Jacobs

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Learning from experience is key

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“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…I divide the world into the learners and nonlearners.” – Benjamin Barber, Sociologist

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Approach everything with openness and eagerness. Increase your knowledge and expand yourself.

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Blocked or in Flow?

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Creative blocks? http://www.flickr.com/photos/99301367@N00/8497106802/

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Fears https://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_lin/3193080175/

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Creative Flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/7730492@N03/4958540694/

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Is @ the Sweet Spot

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Enjoy + Good at + Feeling Empowered http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3310336516/

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= Empowered Play http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8216666102/

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Your brain on Flow https://www.flickr.com/photos/arselectronica/13994747444

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Flow banishes the Inner Critic!

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The Flow “Afterglow” http://www.flickr.com/photos/fuzzylittlemanpeach/4633972431/

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How do you reach Flow?

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1) Get in touch with your brilliance http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_hamner/3386076488/

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2) Have clear goals

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3) Uninterrupted, focused time

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“How to ruin (developer) productivity”

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My Father built airplanes in his spare time Photo: Deloria Jacobs

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(Instill the Headphones Rule) https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/9824922293

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Helps create space for ideas https://www.flickr.com/photos/creativedc/2939649520

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4) Balance of risk & challenge http://www.flickr.com/photos/librarianavengers/2495352933/

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The Flow Channel exits between the two

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5) Immediate feedback http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8124124586/

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Find your Flow to dispel fears and experience continuous creative growth.

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Taker or Maker?

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…Has little regard for their potential to shape the future or ability to take action on issues that truly motivate them. A Taker…

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…A maker’s work is characterized by morality, creativity, craftsmanship, and purposed problem solving. They view their work through the lens of service. A Maker…

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“….Makers choose their work based on impact and happiness.” Jason Cavnar, "Why developers should start choosing conscience over profit" http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/18/developers-choosing-conscience-over-profit/

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Up-level your Makership-ness http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragmented/2734290118/

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1) Stay a passionate problem-solver http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/4435608143/

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2) Make “Bug” Lists https://www.flickr.com/photos/acerriteno/3484407240/

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3) Cultivate a healthy disregard for the impossible

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4) Be clear on your “Why” http://www.flickr.com/photos/zlz212/198759134/

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Infuse meaning https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/5932362950

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Whom are you helping? http://www.codefevermiami.com/

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5) Choose bigger, more creative problems to solve

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6) Spur creative thinking at scale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters,_Inc.

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By using this:

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Like folks at Pixar

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Make things that matter – to both you and others.

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PROGRESS http://www.flickr.com/photos/harryharris/381154280/

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What do you get? http://www.flickr.com/photos/dlaughland/3475448568/

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Life is complex and so are decisions

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Two tracks

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Guidelines; stars to navigate by http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/9255191990/

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“Clarity brings about purpose, purpose brings about action, action brings about change.” – Joel Yeo

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Mobilize a dormant creative confidence http://www.flickr.com/photos/badastronomy/4179773749/

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While we can’t predict the future http://fusible.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/crystal-ball.jpg

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Because of the unknown http://hub.salford.ac.uk/energymonitoring/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/01/known-knowns1.jpg

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“We are the creators of the future.” Umair Haque, “How to Have a Year That Matters”

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“Everyone is a designer.” Photo: Denise Jacobs

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You are Master Creators

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Making them should be easier http://www.cdmdirect.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Choices.jpg

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All too familiar with this Not creative Fixed mindset Blocked Taking what you can get

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This is your compass

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Creativity is your True North

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1,1,2,3… All of space-time started with a singularity

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Just as the Universe is expanding, so are we

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An reiterative process Photo: Denise Jacobs

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Now you have more tools

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“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery https://www.flickr.com/photos/masma06/11337154704/

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Remember how powerful you are https://www.flickr.com/photos/dingatx/4794442002/

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You design, shape, & guide experiences http://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/474122586/

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For one person https://www.flickr.com/photos/modrak/120786239/

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Or for many http://www.flickr.com/photos/bayhaus/4417211851/

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Harness emotion and create connection http://www.flickr.com/photos/schipulites/5407946699/

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“Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose.” Charles Du Bos

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The choice is clear https://www.flickr.com/photos/matias3000/253871344/

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Choose http://www.flickr.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4771136128/

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And finally… http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620885@N02/2609974180/

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