Alex Norris on why it’s better to create like a child than a genius

After the success of his first series, Dorris McComics, suddenly attracted hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, Alex Norris decided it was a good time to take things to the next level: parody. The result is Webcomic Name, a satire of relatable comics that features a “badly drawn blob” who greets an unending onslaught of disappointments with the recurring punchline: “Oh no.” At a recent Nicer Tuesdays event, Alex delved into the origins of his series and the inspiration behind his approach. That inspired us to learn more about what fuels his creativity and why he thinks confidence is one of the most important tools an artist can possess.

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How Steve Aoki uses Dropbox Showcase to collaborate on videos

“When I have to review final work, it’s helpful to see it all in one place like Dropbox Showcase.” —Steve Aoki

How do you keep creative energy flowing when you’re on the road? It’s a question everyone who travels for business has to ask eventually. But when your business is making music, life on the road is nearly nonstop. So rather than wait for a moment of Zen at the end of a tour, international producer/DJ and electronic dance music entrepreneur Steve Aoki decided to keep creating on the move. So how does he stay organized amidst the whirlwind chaos of life on the road?

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8 gains from a week without meetings

Meetings bring teams together to help them move forward. But sometimes, they inhibit progress. In a recent study by Salary.com, 47 percent of respondents said attending too many meetings was their biggest waste of time at work. To see for myself the ratio of gain-to-drain, I declined every meeting this week. Here’s what happened.

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10 tips to manage notifications

Notifications are powerful when they support your priorities. But they become a liability when they create unnecessary interruptions and distractions. Consider a notification reboot that puts every beep, badge, and vibration in service to your work and your life. Here’s how.

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7 creative ways to reinvigorate mind, body, and soul

When a groove becomes a rut, it may be time to reconsider your tried-and-true ways of being and working. Albert Einstein famously said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Creativity can be a powerful path to new ground and new vitality. Try these strategies to reboot, refresh, and keep your pilot light of inspiration burning.

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