Want a Creativity Enhance? Spend Some Time With The Artistic Present


CMI artistic director Joseph Kalinowski contributed to this piece.

In simply 10 episodes, CMI’s The Artistic Present has fully rewritten the foundations for stay streaming, visible storytelling, and conversations about creativity.

Perhaps we’re exaggerating a tiny bit. However we’re creatives, so we reserve the appropriate for a little bit of good-natured hyperbole concerning the impression of our present.

We’re excited for season two, which debuts at 2 p.m. (U.S. ET) Friday, Jan. 28, on Fb, LinkedIn, and YouTube. If you happen to haven’t caught each episode (or any episode), look again with us as we share some behind-the-scenes observations and highlights from our artistic conversations within the first season.

Origin story

First, just a little background: I met JK Kalinowski in 2012 on the Content material Advertising and marketing World Well being Summit. JK is CMI’s artistic director. I’m a health-care content material strategist by day and a comic book guide author by night time. We had been destined to develop into quick mates.

FUN FACT: Our first dialog was about The Six Million Greenback Man TV present and toy line.

Over time, we’ve written collectively for CMI, together with:

In 2021, JK flew to New Jersey to take part in my Comedian Ebook College panels at New York Comedian-Con.

In the course of the pandemic, JK approached me with the thought for a month-to-month 30-minute stay present the place we’d speak about creativity. The Artistic Present was born. We began broadcasting – stay from the deepest corners of the advertising web, the place no tactic goes uncovered, and each episode begins or ends (generally each) with Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe trivia.

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The Artistic Present Season 1 Episode Information

Use these present summaries and behind-the-scenes glimpses to determine which episodes to compensate for earlier than becoming a member of us stay for season two after we can learn your feedback within the stay present.

Episode 1 – The Debut

Streamed stay: Jan. 29, 2021

Engineer: Monina Wagner

Description: Monina interviews us to dig into the key origins of our artistic energy and set the stage for the present.

Behind the scenes: We hadn’t fairly mastered the artwork of the brief reply, and the audio has numerous bounce and echo. Regardless of a number of switching glitches, we managed our approach by means of stay studying.

Content material takeaway: Each JK and I speak about how virtually everybody makes use of artistic pondering in the way in which they strategy their jobs. JK shares how his spouse applies creativity in her job instructing kids with particular wants:

FUN FACT: JK as soon as designed and produced a treasure map and despatched it as a message in a bottle to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville workplaces in hopes of touchdown the singer’s new alcohol line as a consumer for a Pennsylvania-based promoting company. After sending messages in a bottle 5 weeks in a row, the company lastly scored a gathering with Jimmy’s supervisor.

Episode 2 – What Is the Best Film Poster of All Time?

Streamed stay: Feb. 26, 2021

Engineer: Monina Wagner

Description: We dive into the indeniable biggest film poster of all time, breaking down why the visible promotion of JAWS is so iconic. We additionally take a look at much less efficient and thrilling film posters and talk about why they fail at differentiating in a loud market.

Behind the scenes: Our super-slick montage intro and our recurring What’s within the Field phase debut. (Spoiler: It’s Rolling Stones memorabilia on this episode). Spot a number of clumsy moments as we strive to determine tips on how to talk with our engineer.

Content material takeaways: Right here’s a meta takeaway: We took repurposing content material to the following degree to provide our livestream viewers a brand new tackle the Jaws film poster that we wrote about in 2015.

The episode takeaway is how creators simply assume individuals are extra acquainted with your model than they’re. JK talks concerning the poster for the film Pleasure and tells nothing concerning the film besides it stars Jennifer Lawrence. I liken this strategy to a model skipping an about web page as a result of they (incorrectly) assume everybody is aware of all concerning the model. That strategy fails folks within the early a part of their journey, the place they’re searching for info. Comply with our dialogue right here:

FUN FACT: JAWS is taken into account the primary summer season film blockbuster.

Episode 3 – Entrepreneurs and Their Toys

Streamed stay: March 26, 2021

Engineer: Monina Wagner

Description: Nurturing creativity means celebrating the spirit of play. We open up our toy bins and speak about toy traces that benefitted from story-based content material advertising.

Behind the scenes: We enhance a number of the manufacturing, together with sound and engineering. And we repurpose extra articles into this livestream expertise, together with:

It additionally gave us an excuse to speak about Star Wars, Marvel Comics, GI Joe, and He-Man. And JK reveals off a difficulty of Vox Teen Beat from 1967 for instance of early content material advertising.

Content material takeaway: Hasbro created a content material feast within the type of comedian books to assist GI Joe and taught children tips on how to play with the toys. That’s an necessary idea – entrepreneurs can use content material to show your base tips on how to use your product. Right here’s the clip, which incorporates a number of examples from my assortment:

FUN FACT: Peter Jackson’s Get Again documentary reveals The Beatles studying a number of variations of Beatles Fan Membership magazines like Vox Teen Beat. (Bonus content material: JK lately wrote concerning the artistic classes you may study from the Get Again documentary.)

Episode 4 – That Sounds Artistic

Streamed stay: April 30, 2021

Engineer: Monina Wagner

Description: Influence of sound and music in movies and movies – and the way music helps you get right into a artistic groove. We share a few clips that present how music can change the tone of even acquainted photos:

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Behind the scenes: Satirically, we uncover we don’t know tips on how to run sound simply but. Spot a number of technical and linguistic challenges earlier than we pull by means of ultimately.

Content material takeaway: Sound is its personal language in cinema – and that interprets over to advertising. Understanding that language is necessary to conveying your message. Right here’s the place we discover how that concept applies to explainer and different content material advertising movies:

FUN FACT: Stanley Kubrick relied as closely on music and sound as visible imagery for his horror traditional The Shining.

Episode 5 – Designed to Work

Streamed stay: Could 28, 2021

Engineer: Monina Wagner

Description: Web site design, common usability, and useful design of gadgets are mentioned. We examine and distinction the Verizon and Roku distant controls. A bit nearer to dwelling, JK explains how he creates the posters for Content material Advertising and marketing World with thematic designs.

Behind the scenes: Once I invited JK into the present … he doesn’t seem. (He had simply misplaced energy.) Fast-thinking Monina jumps into the dialog as a result of, hey, we had been stay. Experiences like this assist us put together for future technical difficulties. We haven’t had one other main glitch, however now we have had a number of minor ones that the viewers in all probability didn’t even discover.

Content material takeaway: Too typically, design is taken into account decorative, however it’s actually a foundational factor of any content material venture. That’s why the design staff needs to be concerned from the start.

FUN FACT: In line with MRO Electrical, Maine has essentially the most energy outages per 12 months, with a mean of three.9 per buyer every year.

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Episode 6 – Inside Creativity

Streamed stay: June 25, 2021

Engineer: Monina Wagner

Description:  Discovering shiny spots from this in any other case horrible international expertise. Bo Burnham’s Inside particular on Netflix is an entry level. I talk about my Comedian Ebook College venture. (Since that point, Comedian Ebook College has received three awards, together with a Content material Advertising and marketing Award.)

Behind the scenes: We lastly realized tips on how to play a clip (with audio) precisely as we imply to – solely to appreciate there’s an F-bomb in it that we didn’t warn the viewers about. (Contemplate your self warned.)

Content material takeaway: The pandemic uprooted our normal methods of working. However Bo Burnham took the instruments he had at hand (an iPhone, a camcorder, lights, microphones) and documented the second. He confirmed tips on how to use limitations to encourage new varieties of storytelling. You see him attempt to fail ­– and doc the entire thing. The pandemic didn’t pause his creativity, and it doesn’t need to put a cease to ours. Right here’s the phase I’m speaking about:

FUN FACT: In line with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, leisure time elevated by a mean of 37 minutes per day for males and 27 minutes for ladies between Could 2019 and December of 2020. This enhance partly displays a decline in common work time (because the share of employed folks fell through the pandemic) and a lower within the common time folks spent touring.

Episode 7 – The Artistic Toolbox

Streamed stay: August 27, 2021

Engineer: Amanda Subler

Description: We discuss concerning the instruments we use to create, together with software program, snazzy notebooks, an industrial T-square, a scaling wheel, and an X-Acto set from the outdated days of bodily journal layouts.

Behind the scenes: We welcome Amanda Subler as our new engineer. Although Amanda selected to not be on digicam, she finds intelligent methods to work together with us through the present.

Artistic takeaway: I share an unusually organized take a look at the instruments I exploit in creating, delivering, analyzing, reporting, and collaborating. Right here’s the clip the place I present that and discuss with JK about following a artistic venture all through these phases:

FUN FACT: Adobe Inc. acquired its title from the Adobe Creek that ran behind co-founder John Warnock’s dwelling in Los Altos, Calif. His spouse Marva designed Adobe’s stylized “A” emblem.

Episode 8 ­– The Thought Etherverse

Streamed stay: Oct. 1, 2021

Engineer: Amanda Subler

Description: We speak about The Thought Etherverse, a shared consciousness of concepts that we will all entry. Existential? Positive, why not? Extra virtually, we talk about capturing concepts on notebooks, scraps of paper, and even in voicemails, and different methods for capturing, saving, and enhancing concepts that simply come to you from the ether.

Behind the scenes: JK’s custom-made shirt that includes The Artistic Present emblem makes its debut.

Artistic takeaway: Speaking by means of an thought will help flesh it out. Simply don’t be discouraged by the preliminary response. Take the enter and provides the thought extra time to develop. JK and I speak about our experiences with that strategy:

FUN FACT: Discipline Notes model was co-founded by graphic designer Aaron Draplin, who was impressed by promotional memo books given to farmers by seed and agricultural corporations over the previous century. JK grew up on a farm and obtained a number of memo books from his native farm co-op.

Episode 9 – The Iron Maiden of Advertising and marketing

Recorded Oct. 2, 2021

Engineer: Amanda Subler

Description: We discover the band Iron Maiden’s unbelievable profession for instance of audience- and community-building. JK and I share the albums that we liked as teenagers however would have been embarrassed to share with out mates. At the moment, we share them with delight.

Behind the scenes: This and the tenth episodes had been recorded. We deliberate to go stay from Content material Advertising and marketing World, however on the final minute, I couldn’t attend. We scrambled and recorded each episodes the identical day, which occurred to be JK’s birthday.

Content material takeaway: By constructing (and proudly owning) their relationship with their neighborhood by means of a fan membership, Iron Maiden by no means has to depend on earned media, which is topic to the whims of present pop-culture preferences. Iron Maiden owns its mailing checklist, so they convey immediately with followers. Discuss not dwelling on rented land: They even personal and fly their very own airplane. Right here’s the phase the place we discuss concerning the artistic freedom this brings:

FUN FACT: Iron Maiden’s lead singer Bruce Dickinson is doing a spoken phrase tour of North America.

Episode 10 – UX within the Actual World

Printed: Nov. 5, 2021

Engineer: Amanda Subler

Description: We speak about design, UX, and real-world experiences, together with some nice and a few poorly conceived interfaces.

Behind the scenes: We discover our rhythm. Issues are just a little looser, a bit much less scripted, and (we expect) a bit funnier.

Content material takeaway: Consumer expertise is necessary to content material’s success. Right here’s JK explaining the Interactive Design Basis’s definition of UX adopted by our dialogue of what all of it means:

FUN FACT: Toast was invented by the traditional Egyptians. Scorching bread on sizzling stones beside an open fireplace preserved bread and prevented mildew from rising.

Tune in

In order that’s the debut 12 months of The Artistic Present. We’re grateful to have a platform to work together with our fellow artistic thinkers and content material entrepreneurs. We’re tinkering with the present on a regular basis, and we hope you’ll take this journey with us.

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Drop a be aware within the feedback together with your concepts and ideas about any of those episodes. We look ahead to seeing you on the upcoming reveals – the final Friday of each month at 2 p.m. ET on LinkedIn, Fb, or YouTube.

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