Q&A with Kate Nash: How collaborative chemistry unleashes creativity

TV audiences might know Kate Nash best from her role as Rhonda “Britannica” Richardson in the hit Netflix series, GLOW. But since her debut album, Made of Bricks, hit the charts a decade ago, she’s also brought her star power to the world of rock and roll. We had a chance to sit down with Kate at SXSW and talk about how she wrestles with words and music when she creates and collaborates on her ferociously fun pop songs.

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Why you don’t need to be a creative to do creative work

As a product designer, I see evidence every day that you don’t need to be an artist to contribute creative ideas. Being creative isn’t a personality type or a job title or a degree you earn in graduate school. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a way of working. It’s a process. Anyone can participate. And everyone who does, can contribute something valuable. Here’s how I know.

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Q&A with Vera Blue: How tuning into your environment can shape a song

At this year’s SXSW conference, we had a chance to chat with some of our favorite artists to find out what sparks their creative process and how they collaborate on music, comedy, and storytelling. Here’s what we learned from Australian singer/songwriter Vera Blue about letting the vibe of your environment—and chemistry with your collaborators—shape the sound of your songs.

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This is why you should forget about formatting and focus on your ideas

Since my days as the co-founder of Presentate, I’ve been asking why so many collaboration tools get in the way of creating great content. As part of the team at Dropbox, I’ve been working on ways to help people develop ideas together, even when they’re on opposite sides of the world. What I’ve found is that few solutions are in sync with the way people create, or the way teams collaborate. Sometimes, the tools themselves are actually an obstacle to the creative process. That’s why I think it’s time to rebuild collaboration from the idea up.

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Q&A with David “Shingy” Shing: facilitator, disruptor, prophet

AOL’s David “Shingy” Shing is a self-proclaimed “digital prophet.” He’s made a living out of forecasting the future, whether that’s the newest trend in tech or the next shift in social media culture. We got a chance to chat with Shingy in a freewheeling conversation about why daily routines are good for creativity, how not to run a brainstorm, and why money and fame aren’t critical for career happiness.

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