Episode #13: The philosophy of kaizen

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses kaizen: the Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement.

Check out our new goods in the “Words to Live By” series available exclusively on Society6.  Design #1 is based on the philosophy presented in this episode of the podcast and is now available inscribed on a mug, tote bag, or some other item for your daily life!  Get $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more by creating your account through this link.

Episode #12: Quality over quantity

Quality over quantity in all ways.  Always.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the important consideration of quality in creation and consumption within a society that can sometimes seem fixated on quantity.

Check out our new schwag in the “Words to Live By” series available exclusively on Society6.  Design #1 is based on the philosophy presented in this episode of the podcast and is now available inscribed on a mug, tote bag, or some other item for your daily life!  Get $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more by creating your account through this link

[UPDATE: I misspoke during recording – the minimum purchase for the introductory offer is $50, not $30]

Podcast release schedule change

I know what you’re thinking: “It’s Wednesday, and there was no new episode of Contemplative Creative yesterday!”

This is true, but there’s a good reason for it.  We are shifting our podcast release schedule from Tuesdays to Fridays, so expect the new episode to be downloaded to your pocket in just a couple of days.

Episode #11: Intrinsic value

The value of an object is deeper than simply the price tag it fetches.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses an alternative measure of valuation beyond the monetary system: that of intrinsic value.

Thanks Idea Spark!

The summer collaborative with the folks behind the Idea Spark iOS app is now behind us, just like the summer itself.  If you’d still like to purchase the mobile application though, we still wholeheartedly recommend it to you!

The app is built to help you get out of creative ruts by suggesting new ideas.  With it you can select contexts and themes to customize it as you like, and focus its idea generation on things that you’re open to.  Then it will generate a quirky little phrase with which you can use to start a new project.

So if you’re feeling uninspired and are not sure where to start, or you’re doing a daily art project and running a bit low on ideas, or maybe you’re trying a new art form altogether and simply need some lighthearted ideas to experiment on with it…well, it runs for $1.99 or so (depending on the country which you call home) and can be a resource in your pocket when you need it.  It costs less than a cup of coffee and has the potential to support you in your art as much as you choose to use it – that’s a pretty great win-win situation all around I think!

They’ve put together a great little video on their official website that demonstrates the workflow of the app better than I can describe it – please do make a point of clicking over there and checkin it out for yourself.

Thanks for being our first sponsor and throwing your support behind this project Idea Spark!  Going forward we at Contemplative Creative will continue to partner with projects and causes that we can get behind, and our support continues past working together like any good relationship.