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Please put on your pigeon mask and enjoy this awesome animated short about another a beautiful morning in Paris. The sky is blue. Traffic is scarce. The museums haven’t even opened yet. Tourists are just starting to appear on the streets and a single feather is gently wafting down from up high in the sky. It’s the single biggest feather you’ve ever seen. And yet it’s nothing compared to what follows. Pigeon kaiju, anyone?

Entitled “Douce Menace” (Soft Threat), this delightful short film was created by Supinfocom Arles students Margaux Vaxelaire, Ludovic Habas, Mickael Krebs, Florent Rousseau, and Yoan Sender, as their graduation project. The pigeon (probably) means no harm, but Paris will never be the same again.

[via io9]

Boost your creativity with simple shifts in space

This is a guest article contributed by Steven Harowitz. Here’s Steven:

Space has a tremendous influence on our level of creativity, despite our often lack of awareness of its impact.

There is no perfect way to form a space that provides you instantaneous creativity, of course. There is an ebb and flow to our environment and its impact on our ability to think creatively, just as there is an ebb and flow to our creativity itself. Some days one space provides creative inspiration and the next day it proves to be a hinderance.

Work spaces have evolved tremendously over the last few decades alone — from cubicle villages to massive, open offices. The effectiveness of these spaces is still being debated, where these debates fail is in trying to define a space philosophy as “perfect.”

There will never be a victory in the argument of what makes the perfect workspace, mainly because there can be no clear-cut winner. It all depends on what an individual needs in a moment.

You need work spaces, plural.

There is no such thing as a perfect space because your mood and mental state play a huge part in how you interact with a space. For example, writer/artist Austin Kleon sets up different types of work spaces at home to facilitate his creativity. Kleon uses a digital, analog, and reading desk to separate out his needs and keep himself from wandering off topic too often. The co-working space TechArtista, in St. Louis, has phone booth style spaces to facilitate more private requirements such as phone calls or a quick moment of reflection.

The trick here is to look at the entire space you work in as an opportunity for creative output and input. The space you consider to be your work environment shouldn’t be limited to your office either, because there will be days where laying in bed in pajamas is the best format for your creativity. Other days you might want to stand at the kitchen counter and work. Having spaces prepared for when you’re ready to create is what makes them ideal, or not. What matters is that you have options.

Make your own “Rage Cage”

Ben Roche, Pastry Chef at famed Chicago restaurant Moto, wrote a fascinating piece for the book “Make Space” by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft about his workspace. Tool accessibility is a main focus for Roche, based of the belief that the quicker one can get to a necessary tool, the better the outcome will be (and completed faster).

“In my corner of the kitchen I’m surrounded by my ‘rage cage’ – a network of work surfaces, tools, and equipment meticulously arranged so that everything I need is a step, a reach, a sweet spin-move, or a quick pivot away.”

If you know you want to keep any random insights that come your way, then make sure you have open ideation space in the form of blank paper, white boards, or sticky notes. The name of the game is tool prep, so you are prepared to dive deeply into your project and not worry about where your tools are. If you have to go searching, then you will lose the insight.

Remove opportunities for resistance

Even though it may seem like it, the universe doesn’t give up insight easily. There’s a loud TV, the buzzing phone, the ding of the laundry machine. These distractions can often serve as an army of resistance to you pushing forward with focused, creative output. Luckily for you, these are all things that can (usually) be adjusted so creativity can flow.

Simple fixes, like placing your phone in another room, putting it on airplane mode, or–if you are worried about an emergency–setting up specific alerts for only specific things. If it’s the TV or a clock that’s distracting you, it might be helpful to move those to another space or readjust your workspace to face away.

This isn’t to say that all distractions are bad. A bad distraction can keep you focused, just on a different item. A good distraction means you’re not heavily focused at all. Things like daydreaming or general mind wandering have been found to be highly useful for giving your brain a break and therefore encouraging new insight.

So, when you think about adjusting your space, worry about the getting rid of the bad distractions so you can allow for more focus or good distractions.

About the author

During the day, Steven is an advisor and leadership coach for student organizations at Washington University in St. Louis. On week nights and weekends Steven is an Improviser at The Improv Shop and the President of the Compass Improv Festival, a local 501©3 non-profit that hosts St. Louis’ only Improv Festival. He started Creative Weekend, a 3.5-day retreat built on creativity and productivity science and designed to help individuals renew their creativity again.

What’s your path to creativity? Thomas Edison’s determination and creative mind led him to become one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 US patents to his name. Since 2000, GE has filed more than 35,800 patents, building things anew and continually improving what’s already here. Here’s to the next generation of researchers and creators, and to inventing what has yet to be imagined.

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We can’t take our eyes off this awesomely hypnotic “Movement Designers” video by Los Angeles-based creative agency AXYZM. They’ve turned even the most humdrum daily activities into jaw-dropping dance moves.

If you thought the clapping games you first learned as a kid were complex, the mesmerizing choreography in this video will inspire you to up your game and then some:

[via Fubiz and Hokuto Konishi]

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Paper Bridge and With No Glue… 

This red paperbridge is a work done by a British artist Steve Messam. It is a self-supporting arch, tightly packed with paper only. They leans onto one another on its own and no glue was used. Paper is not a conventional material to work with when it comes to bridge construction. However, the artist states that the process is completely ordinary.

The first step for making this bridge was to create a skeletal structure with wood. The second step is to just add the 1,000 sheets of paper at a time on top. After the paper is tightly packed, the skeletal structure is removed. Theoretically, paper supports its own weight: up to 4 tons

The bridge is to be displayed for 10 days. Surprisingly, the bridge survived rainstorms. (FYI, Messam’s earlier work survived 3 months of rain and snow) There was no protective plastic or whatsoever coated on top of the bridge- which makes it even more surprising. Furthermore, the paper is not waterproofed. Messam states that the water causes the fibres to swell, which increases the compression between the paper. This means that raining only makes the bridge stronger, not weaker. 

The paper used in this bridge was untreated. 20,000 sheets of paper used for this paper is to be pulped into new paper after display. 

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