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Nancy E. F. Halbert  | Cooperation at MUSE Gallery

Cooperation at MUSE Gallery: A Volunteer Director Speaks
by Nancy E. F. Halbert , 1 Mar 2011

A contrast of works demonstrates what makes MUSE Gallery unique.  -  View Full Article »

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Gloria Bell |

How To Play Nice With Others At Camp
by Gloria Bell, 1 Nov 2010

How to get involved and make the most of BarCamps in the City of Brotherly Love.  -  View Full Article »

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Zave Smith | Zave Smith Photography

The Unphotographed
by Zave Smith, 1 Oct 2010

Capturing faces that have the power to remind us why we are all here.  -  View Full Article »

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Gloria Bell |

Come, Share, Learn at PodCamp Philly 2010
by Gloria Bell, 1 Sep 2010

The area's largest digital media unconference, PodCamp Philly, is back for it's 4th year.  -  View Full Article »

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Marilyn Moran | Freelance Internet Marketing Consultant

Using Social Media for Creative Inspiration
by Marilyn Moran, 1 Aug 2010

Any way you slice it, you cannot deny Social Media's impact on the creative process.  -  View Full Article »

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Craig Peters | President and Founder of CKPcreative

All I Really Need To Know About Creativity I Learned Listening To Bruce Springsteen
by Craig Peters, 1 Jun 2010

A few things Springsteen's work says to me about the creative process.  -  View Full Article »

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Kurt Shore | President and Chief Creative Officer of D4

The Mediocrity Cloud Over Philadelphia
by Kurt Shore, 1 Apr 2010

Why has no Philadelphia agency risen to the status of being one of the best agencies in the country? ...  -  View Full Article »

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Rick Davis | Creative Director / Photographer

Making Creative Space
by Rick Davis, 1 Mar 2010

Creativity needs fuel, but it is getting harder to hear your creative self think. Technology is expanding exponentially and inexorably on innumerable fronts, changes in business models...  -  View Full Article »

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Laurel Raczka | Executive Director of Painted Bride Art Center

A Continuingly Evolving Kaleidoscope
by Laurel Raczka, 1 Feb 2010

The Painted Bride Art Center – celebrating 40 years at the intersection between culture and creativity.  -  View Full Article »

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Dave Mauriello | Artist Generated, not Computer Generated

Back to School
by Dave Mauriello, 1 Jan 2010

Go back to school, relearn how to breathe, and try and share what you know. The results of doing so may very well surprise you. ...  -  View Full Article »

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Zave Smith | Zave Smith Photography

As Seen in New Orleans
by Zave Smith, 1 Nov 2009

New Orleans should be a sad city. It has suffered hurricanes, floods, high unemployment, racial strife and several visits from the Army Corps of Engineers. Yet, it remains New Orleans...  -  View Full Article »

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Beth Van Why | Programming Director for DesignPhiladelphia

It Takes a Village
by Beth Van Why, 1 Oct 2009

Creating connections that are open and accessible to those ready to engage. DesignPhiladelphia works to develop venues and times in which the creative sector and anyone interested ...  -  View Full Article »

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Christopher Ovdyenko | Past-President; the Art Directors

Speaking "Creativese"
by Christopher Ovdyenko, 1 Aug 2009

Being able to lead and participate in a meaningful discourse about creative executions is a skill that defines who we are as professionals, and it has direct influence on how you are perceived ...  -  View Full Article »

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Mark Lipsky | President & CEO of Radio Direct Response

The Cure for Writer's Block
by Mark Lipsky, 1 Jul 2009

A new exhibit at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame features memorabilia and personal items from the storied career of Bruce Springsteen. Among them is a handwritten page onto ...  -  View Full Article »

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Kelly R. Lee | xecutive Vice President, Innovation Philadelphia

The New Power of the Creative Worker
by Kelly R. Lee, 1 Jun 2009

Traditional advertisers may say that ad creation, direct mail pieces and static websites effectively communicate a company's message. However, today consumers are savvy ...  -  View Full Article »

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Gregory J. Ricciardi, Jr  | Managing Partner at 20nine

Brand Integration Delivers Real Customer Value
by Gregory J. Ricciardi, Jr , 1 May 2009

Traditional advertisers may say that ad creation, direct mail pieces and static websites effectively communicate a company's message. However, today consumers are savvy ...  -  View Full Article »

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Kate Barden | kbpictures

Thrill Yourself
by Kate Barden, 1 Apr 2009

Photographing chainsaw carvers with their artwork is a personal project we started last summer. Making these portraits provides a necessary creative release but it's sporadic and slow going ...  -  View Full Article »

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Lora Iannarelli | Executive Coordinator, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Leverage Your Creativity
by Lora Iannarelli, 1 Feb 2009

Consider volunteering to sharpen your skills during these challenging economic times. Yes, there is a great demand for skills-based volunteering in the Greater Philadelphia...  -  View Full Article »

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Bill Haley | President, Interactive of Allied Pixel

New Media Outlook 2009
by Bill Haley, 1 Jan 2009

Well it's 2009 and the term "New Media" isn't new anymore, but the phrase does endure and has come to embrace the family of digital media tools including video, the Web...  -  View Full Article »

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Janel Frey | Proximity Gallery

Proximity Gallery:
A new addition to a neighborhood in transition.
by Janel Frey, 1 Dec 2008

If you haven't heard Fishtown is going through a neighborhood metamorphasis. Historically Fishtown has been associated with the fundamentals of a tight working class...  -  View Full Article »

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Randy Lee Hartwig | Executive Director; The Art Department Sets & Props LLC.

The Development of Event Marketing as an Industry
by Randy Lee Hartwig, 1 Nov 2008

Event Marketing is an evolving segment of an ever changing industry. It is essentially the creation of an event for the media and/or the public to draw attention to, or promote...  -  View Full Article »

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Hilary Jay | DesignPhiladelphia: Spotlighting the Creative Community

DesignPhiladelphia: Spotlighting the Creative Community
by Hilary Jay, 1 Oct 2008

Philadelphia has caught the eye of America's cool-hunters. The national media is reporting on our ever-burgeoning wealth of academic and cultural institutions, the dynamic work...  -  View Full Article »

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Linda Dubin Garfield | President of smart business consulting

The Artist as Small Business Owner
by Linda Dubin Garfield, 1 Sep 2008

When I retired in 2002 from the Philadelphia School System after 38 years as a guidance counselor, I decided to pursue my avocation full-time. By 2004, I had changed from a hobbyist...  -  View Full Article »

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Lisa Formica | Vice President of fmi direct, inc

Women on the Web: Influencing an Influential Audience
by Lisa Formica, 1 Jul 2008

Lisa Formica is vice president of fmi direct, inc, a family owned and operated direct mail and fulfillment company located in Philadelphia, PA. She also serves as current president of the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association (PDMA) ....  -  View Full Article »

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Laura Hull | Vocalist, Independent Music Consultant

Yours for a Song
by Laura Hull, 1 May 2008

I'm pleased to be offering this column dedicated to singers – those who reside and appear in and around the garden state. I've come to be a part of a large network of singers...  -  View Full Article »

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Kelly R. Lee | xecutive Vice President, Innovation Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Technology-Driven, Creative Economy:
by Kelly R. Lee, 1 Apr 2008

Innovation Philadelphia recently released preliminary findings from our new study that measures the size, scope and impact of the for-profit, creative economy. The study shows that...  -  View Full Article »

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Bernie O

The 12 Immutable Laws of... Magic?!*
by Bernie O'Connor, 1 Mar 2008

If you go sauntering into Cannes with a glass of Pagney in one hand and a DVD of your latest spots in the other, then proudly proclaim that you are a practitioner of the "Craft," we all...  -  View Full Article »

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Rick Horner | Director of ZombieShark

Improv Opposites
by Rick Horner, 1 Feb 2008

Improv is, at its core, performing when you don't know what's going to happen next. So if that definition is true, then everything in life is improv. Any time you need to work with...  -  View Full Article »

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Gina Renzi | CODE RED: Business Holiday Gift Giving

It's simple. Move.
by Gina Renzi, 1 Jan 2008

When you were a child, you probably skipped, jumped, and imagined. Now that you are grown, do you pause to pretend that you are a sunflower or a fire engine peeling away...  -  View Full Article »

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Gail Madison | Founder of The Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol

CODE RED: Business Holiday Gift Giving
by Gail Madison, 1 Dec 2007

While I may still be shaking the sand out of my beach towels, I am keenly aware that the holidays are nearly here and it is time to prepare for business gift giving! This can strike...  -  View Full Article »

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Dave Mauriello | Magic Animation

Artist Generated, not Computer Generated
by Dave Mauriello, 1 Nov 2007

I want you to stop and think of something for a moment. Now you know a baker produces fine pastries, a cabinetmaker makes cabinets, and a tailor makes suits...  -  View Full Article »

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Paul Andreas | Development Director of the Chester County Art Association

Art Makes a Difference
by Paul Andreas, 1 Oct 2007

The following is an overview of the Chester County Art Association's successes and accomplishments in its seventy sixth year of existence as a non-profit arts organization...  -  View Full Article »

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Zave Smith | Zave Smith Photography

I Have Had Them All
by Zave Smith, 1 Sep 2007

In twenty years of commercial photography I have had them all. There's Art Director Silentius, who sits on a stool and reads old art magazines like he's at the doctor's office...  -  View Full Article »

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Lee Kulberda | Senior Project Manager at lucidCircus

Running a Virtual Office
by Lee Kulberda, 1 Aug 2007

A recent phone call to a prospective client whose fear of working with a 'virtual office' prompted me to think about the way my business, and many I work with, conducts business...  -  View Full Article »

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Zave Smith | Zave Smith Photography

Working With Talent
by Zave Smith, 1 Jul 2007

I am often asked how I get such seemingly natural looking performances out of my talent. I believe this look of authenticity comes from paying close attention...  -  View Full Article »

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Marta Reis | Creativity Coach and Publicist

Awakening the Joy of Creativity
Accessing Creative Wisdom
by Marta Reis, 1 Jun 2007

Numerous people, whether a client, colleague or friend have asked me a similar question – am I creative? I always respond with a resounding, "YES!" The confidence in this response...  -  View Full Article »

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Joan Smith | Associate Director, InLiquid

The Art / Commerce Connection Artists Gain Control by Marketing Creative Skills
by Joan Smith, 1 May 2007

Popular wisdom holds that for artists, the uncreative day job is a drudgery paid for devotion to artistic expression. More often than not, this drudgery involves something...  -  View Full Article »

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Erin Flynn Jay | Philadelphia-based writer, Founder of Flynn Media

Want to be a Noted Expert in Your Field? Write a Book!
by Erin Flynn Jay, 1 Apr 2007

One of the best ways to become an expert in your field is to write a book. Adding the accomplishment of author to your resume will enhance your credibility and...  -  View Full Article »

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Gabriella Wheeler | Director of New Business Development, 20nine Design Studios

Does This Design Firm Make Me Look Fat?
by Gabriella Wheeler, 1 Mar 2007

Finding a design firm that is the right fit is important. Selecting the wrong firm for the wrong reasons can be harmful to your business. After all, the work that is produced is...  -  View Full Article »

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Todd Palmer | Creative Director for Virtual Farm Creative, Inc.

Excellent service = Excellent marketing
Make damage control part of your core competency
by Todd Palmer, 1 Feb 2007

If you're a photographer on location, you can expect cloud cover. If you're an account executive, you can expect the client to demand the job a day early...  -  View Full Article »

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Neen James | International Productivity Expert

Pro-Networking: Creating Connections
by Neen James, 1 Jan 2007

There are any number of different networking groups and events you could choose to attend. To make your networking more productive, it is worth investing effort in...  -  View Full Article »

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Elizabeth Maplesden | Principal of EMdash Design

Observation = Inspiration
by Elizabeth Maplesden, 1 Dec 2006

Where does creative inspiration come from? The general public—and even some creative people—believes that inspiration is a mysterious process that is sudden and...  -  View Full Article »

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Maria Sommer | Branch manager for The BOSS Group in Philadelphia

Job Forecast Bright for Philadelphia Creatives
by Maria Sommer, 1 Nov 2006

If you are a creative or communications professional working in the Philadelphia area and looking for a job, the outlook is good. And, if you are an agency or corporate...  -  View Full Article »

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Becky Bartlett | current president of GLVWG

GLVWG Helps Local Writers Write
by Becky Bartlett, 1 Oct 2006

Imagine a typical writer at work and what do you see? Probably someone working alone, struggling to fill a blank page with brilliant insights. You probably visualized...  -  View Full Article »

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Sheri Cole | Executive Director of The Career Wardrobe

Business Benefits of Giving Back to the Community
by Sheri Cole, 1 Sep 2006

As the Executive Director The Career Wardrobe, a small nonprofit organization located in Philadelphia, I often joke with people that I spend my days begging. Whether asking...  -  View Full Article »

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Ellen Fisher | Publisher and Owner of the Greater Philadelphia Women

Radar Love
(How, in 25 Years, Women Business Owners Have Grown From Being 'Off the Radar Screen' to Being the Fastest Growing Segment of Entrepreneurs)
by Ellen Fisher, 1 Aug 2006

Imagine for a minute that the year is 1982. On the radio, Olivia Newton-John is belting out "Let's Get Physical." If you change the dial, (a real dial, I might add) you...  -  View Full Article »

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Mike Lemon | Mike Lemon Casting

CASTING: Go for the MAGIC!
by Mike Lemon, 1 Jul 2006

In over twenty years of casting, I've pretty much seen it all: the sessions that go smoothly and effectively and those that go, well, less well. Every once in awhile...  -  View Full Article »

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Zave Smith | Zave Smith Photography

Fearless
by Zave Smith, 1 Jun 2006

Have you ever wondered why so many people have had their breakthrough idea when they are just starting out? When we are young, full of energy, passion...  -  View Full Article »

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Brian Connor | Real Solutions for Visual Projects (RSVP)

Pre-Production: More Vital Now Than Ever
by Brian Connor, 1 May 2006

There was a time, not so long ago, before there was a "deluge in the flavors" of media, when clients, agencies and producers were all well versed in the need for pre-production...  -  View Full Article »

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Kelly R. Lee | Philadelphia's Technology-Driven, Creative Economy:

Experience the Impact of Creativity at the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit
by Kelly R. Lee, 1 Apr 2006

Innovation Philadelphia recently released preliminary findings from our new study that measures the size, scope and impact of the for-profit, creative economy. The study shows that...  -  View Full Article »

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