Posts Tagged ‘corwin hiebert’

Be Inspired – Get the TED iPad App

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Oh man! Am I so freakin’ excited! TED released the new TED iPad app yesterday and in short, my review is: AWESOME!. Last night I took some time to dive into this amazingly simple and beautiful app – it’s the most exciting app I’ve had in months (I needed something to knock Angry Birds off its pedestal). It delivers all those super cool TEDTalk videos in a slick and simple user interface. Thel iPad-only features for exploring, saving and watching make for a much improved experience from their website – if that’s possible.

I love the catalog of 800 TEDTalks. I love the time-centric custom play list. My fav is the “Inspire Me” light bulb in the lower-left corner which reveals videos by category. The app is free and can be downloaded through the App Store in iTunes. Best video watching experience on my iPad yet!

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

And Then There Were Two Tweeters

Friday, August 13th, 2010

The conference is coming together fast and furious! It’s less than three months away! We’re just a few days away from finally being able to announce our speaking team – yahoo!!! You’re going to LOVE the line-up! We’re still accepting creativeEXHIBITION proposal submissions (until Sept.17). We’ve got other groovy news about sponsors and partners coming up too. One thing that happened awhile back has gone unannounced has been the addition of Destin Fall Haynes to our social marketing team! My bad.

Last year we tried Facebook advertising and we quickly abandoned it as it just seemed to pushy and desperate. In stark contrast, we really enjoyed the organic, and supportive nature, of our Twitter feed @CREATIVEMIXca. What I mean by supportive is that through the cunning use of RTs and ‘follows’ we were able to help other creative people, projects, and events spread the word about what THEY were doing. Besides – it’s just plain ‘ol fun! That felt like a much better way to meet the needs of Vancouver creatives while at the same time giving people a chance to check-out what we’re doing. In preparation for this year’s conference I wanted to continue that trend of helping other local creatives but I knew I needed help; enter Destin:

Destin is a lover of the written word and a social media aficionado.  By day she contributes her communications skills and pr savvy to the non-profit world – helping to make the world a better place one tweet, post and like at a time.  While comfortable using 140 characters or less she can also be found conversing and sharing her thoughts in formats permitting higher character values – like on her blog, I do, Vancouver .  Although she revels in conversation in the online realm she would rather meet you face to face over a cup of coffee or a pint of dark beer – preferably locally made!

Together, Destin and I Follow, RT, DM, @Reply on @creativemixCA. We’re likeminded creatives and I’m thrilled to have her on our team.

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Posted by Corwin Hiebert

Ethical Choice for your Coffee App

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

If you’ve got iPhone then you’ve probably got a lot of apps – but what about one for your coffee?

Well, how about this for a little creative story-telling (and a clever marketing tool)! Our friends at Ethical Bean Coffee have gone hi-Tech when it comes to their packaging. Ethical Bean Coffee latest coffee packaging and design is absolutely unbelievable! Each bag of coffee is equipped with its own unique 2D barcode which can be scanned using a free Ethical Bean iPhone app or entered manually on their website.

This crazy-cool feature gives us the opportunity to watch interviews with farmers, look up cupping notes and roast profiles, and Google Map each bag’s beans down to the exact field they were grown in, all from the grocery aisle. Awesome!

In a market that is flooded with ‘fair-trade-washing’ I really like this idea because it shows a whole new level of transparency and it provides me with an interesting story about the beverage I take nearly as seriously as communion (multiple times a day to… don’t read into that to much).

I know what you’re thinking, that it’s over the top. Well, hold on there techno-bum, we’re already label-conscious, why not be source-conscious? And why not make it as easy as possible? I get it, and I like it.

Wanna go for coffee? There’s an app for that.

Want their segment on GlobalBC:

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Shout Out to MakeShift

Monday, July 19th, 2010

We heard about Natalie Purschwitz a few months ago but during a CREATIVEMIX meeting earlier today her name, and her MakeShift project, came up in conversation yet again as a great example of creative people doing creative things right in our own backyard. Seeing how she’s fresh on the mind I’d better pass this along quick before I get distracted again. Check it out! -Corwin Hiebert

MakeShift is an art and research project that examines the relationships between ‘making’, ‘clothing’ and ‘living’. The basic premise for the project is that for a period of one year starting on September 1st, 2009, Natalie wears only things that she’s made herself. That’s right – she’s working diligently to make all of her  clothes, socks, shoes, underwear, coats, jackets, hats, bathing suits, accessories and anything else she might need to protect her body from the elements while trying to lead a fulfilling life.

Why is she doing this you ask? She’s hoping to gain some understanding of the limitations of clothing and how they affect the development of ideology. Wow. We thought this was a craft project, guess not. Natalie is striving to examine the role of clothing as a form of cultural production.

She’s also got a great online store for those who want to save themselves the hassle of sewing, gluing, weaving, stitching, and molding their own wardrobe – it’s called Hunt & Gather.

Visit her blog and visit her store.

What I Meant to Say at #604freelancecamp

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I had a GREAT time at the inaugural Freelance Camp (604-style) today at The Network Hub. I had the privileged to host a session called “How to Manage a Creative Project” which was a lot of fun. I wasn’t ‘teaching’ it but in the classic un-conference-like fashion I shared my thoughts and feelings on the subject and then simply tried to ask decent questions and respond to queries and comments from the group. Now, I did come somewhat prepared but the session seemed to roll along with out me really looking at my notes; so, in the spirit of transparency – here’s what I meant to say, or at least what I “officially” planned to say.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

How to Manage a Creative Project

Do you remember the A-Team? It was a T.V. show from the 1980’s and I loved it! My favorite character was Hannibal and I really got a kick out of his signature phrase, “I love it when a plan comes together.” He was right. There’s nothing better than a good plan.

Now it’s true that a creative professional’s day-to-day work looks a bit different than the A-Team’s (you’re probably not apprehending gun smugglers using 2×4’s and a jack-in-the-box filled with gasoline) but my guess is you’re doing a lot of planning. Planning for an upcoming creative endeavor, a project for yourself or a client, or preparing for your next marketing effort. Your day is made up of a whole bunch of to-do items there can be a lot of things to get done in a very short amount of time, and not too mention, enough detail to make your head spin. One of the best ways to save time is to throw away the checklists, post-it notes, and inbox-jamming emails and start managing your work like a collection of projects. And you, you’re the project manager. When your work is well planned, the chances are that you, and everyone involved, will have a great experience and the good guys will win. See, I did learn something from all that T.V.

Side Note: So often when people think of project management they think of gantt charts. Gantt charts don’t usually work for creative people or projects; not that understanding dependencies and such isn’t a good thing, but the visual representation of minutia in a linear and data-crammed way can scare people off.

I recommend treating everything you do in terms of projects. To some this may seem obvious but the truth is that everyone plans and works differently and many people, especially, creative people, feel that too much planning sucks the life out of them. I don’t feel this way. I find creativity within the spreadsheets and agenda items; sometimes I find creative inspiration only once I know the details are properly planned. The truth is a creative project is rarely planned in isolation; clients, staff, suppliers, family, friends, volunteers, or other stakeholders are involved. Sometimes, a big part of your job is to plan and organize these people. Creatives often make the mistake of holding onto tasks too tightly (maybe it’s the perfectionist within us); don’t fall into that trap. If you spend half as much time managing people as you do completing tasks, you’ll be thrilled with the results.

When it comes to the tasks, make it easy on yourself: write down each parent category—like if you are a photographer you’d start with: a shot list, locations, rentals, post-production, website, marketing—and then start drilling down to the major and minor tasks that need to happen in order to achieve success. Each task should fall under a parent category, be broken out into detailed subtasks, and each subtask should include information about cost, the people involved, its status, and, if you really want to get funky, percentage complete. This makes for a very robust project plan and, although it’s a ton of work early on, makes for a smooth, professionally planned project. Why do all this work? You’ll sleep better, trust me. You’ll also find a lot of repetition between projects, and you’ll have a template to work off making your job easier and saving you time. Considering you’re likely not billing for that preparation time you’ve just given yourself a pay raise for every gig you work.

Side Note: I recommend reading the following books:

Militant project managers can be found in many industries, such as construction, software development, and aerospace to name a few. For the independent creative professional, creativity only takes you so far, and instead of relying on being able to make sense of the chaos that can easy ensue during a creative project, why not plan in such a way that chaos isn’t even in the picture. The truth is that I’d be out of a job if everyone used this methodology and a couple simple online tools; however, I’m confident that creativity will always win out and that someone is going to be stuck with the details, enter manager.

ACTION ITEM: To manage yourself, use Smartsheet or ActionMethod or BaseCamp. Track the details of each task, assignment, and budget item online using a secure site that can function like a virtual office. Once you invite them to view your worksheet, stakeholders can be automatically notified of changes or reminded of due dates specific to the tasks they’ve been assigned. I’m a big fan of Smartsheet – so, if you want to give it a spin, click on the affiliate link below to sign-up for a free account:

Note: This content can also be found in Corwin Hiebert’s ebook: Growing The VisionMonger, 10 Things a Manager Can Teach You About Running & Growing Your Business - which is available on Craft & Vision for just $5.

Shot of Inspiration & a Kick in the…

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Here’s a video and a book that have inspired me this week:

TEDTalk – How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.

Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to CreativityIgnore Everybody
I’m not sure what I can say that hasn’t already been said about MacLeod’s latest book Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to Creativity (mostly because it came out awhile ago and I just read it now). If you’ve read it I’d love to hear from you. I also really loved his other book which I did a short blog post on last year (I seem to be a year behind – lame eh?):

First off, I have to say that this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to, or already does, make a living through idea making or has a creative pursuit of any kind. I’m serious.

Secondly, here’s a few highlights that really stood out to me:

  • #2 – The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours. As creative people we strive to birth something that is unique but we so often fall into the trap of trying to come up with something EPIC. Or, we think it’s epic and are disappointed when those around us aren’t blown away by our inspired idea. Don’t focus on the magnitude, focus on the authenticity of your ideas.
  • #3 – Put the hours in. Yeah – it’s no secret, work hard at something you love and it ‘might’ pay off because what other choice do you have? Work hard, work harder, work till you drop so that when barriers pop up you’ll know that it’s not from a lack of trying. Don’t leave anything on the table, especially time.
  • #8 – Keep your day job. No poop Sherlock. Oh wait, that’s a good point. If you put in major time on the side you’ll have a much better idea of what it would be like to turn your passion into your job. If the goal is to create then don’t add pressure on yourself to pay the bills with your creation unless you have to OR it’s built up in such a way that it’s viable. Maybe just don’t take your day job to seriously.
  • #10 – Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity. I’m not really qualified to speak to this one (I’m in sole proprietor land) but I think we’re seeing a major shift in corporate culture: there are companies that foster creativity and those who have training manuals and productivity seminars. If you’re at a job that embraces individuality and personal workflow then count your luck stars. If you’re a leader in a company be sure to celebrate those hard working peeps with the opportunity to contribute to the company without suffocating them with unnecessary processes and conference calls.
  • #28 – The best way to get approval is to not need it. Good ideas aren’t always liked by everyone. Be confident. Repeat after me: “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-on-it I don’t care if people like my idea”.

Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to Creativity is a really quick read but don’t let that fool you – it’s packed with groovy moments that will give you a lifetime of ass kickin’.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Creative Project – OnGray

Friday, May 7th, 2010

“OnGray was a project that developed simply from the desire to do something random and creative with friends.” – Dave Delnea

Creative collaboration is a huge part of Delnea’s work. As a photographer and creative director he’s one of those true creatives, a real artist that loves playing and working hard at his craft. I’ve known Dave for about a year now and I can honestly say he’s brilliant, a real creative visionary. What stands out to me is that he doesn’t create in isolation – he’s always looking around to find collaborators.

The original concept behind OnGray was that Dave would get a few friends together and shoot a few pictures in front of a gray backdrop. It turns out a little vision goes a long way. As the idea developed it started to take on a bit of a vintage feel and soon involved stills, motion and a cast/crew of about 14 people. Dave’s posted the images in his Project Portfolio and there’s a fun behind the scenes video below too. I was involved at a production level – I’m the dork int he blue stripped sweater.

What I love about being around Dave is that he craves creative experiences in community. He’s passionate about getting to hang out with fun and brilliant creative people, being inspired by people with skill sets completely different from his own, and to be part of creating something that’s beyond what he ever could have come up with himself. If that doesn’t deserve a CREATIVEMIX shout-out I don’t know what does. You might remember Dave from last year’s CREATIVEMIX – he hosted the Photographer’s Den in the Exhibition. If you weren’t there then you have no idea what I’m talking about – but don’t feel bad. Nudge-nudge, wink-wink, know what I mean, eh? eh?.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Promo FAIL

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

In preparation for this year’s conference we’ve been brainstorming on ways to spread the word and continue building the brand of CREATIVEMIX. Some of the questions we’re asking are: Should we do the 100% recycled coffee sleeves again (they were cool, useful, but were a lot of work to distribute)? What about posters? Facebook ads are so 2007, should we just tweet our blog posts instead? How can we generate love and web traffic for those who help spread the word? Do you think people would join an affiliate program if we give them $10 for every ticket they helped us sell? How much is a colour ad? You’re kidding, right? And so on, and so on.

Now, for whatever reason, my brain got sidetracked the other day with all of the things that I HATE about events (and event-related marketing) and I went OFF on a mental tangent that produced some totally useless but funny images (at least to me, I giggled as I photoshoped). So, I’m going to call this a little window into everything that I think is sick and wrong with respect to events. Here’s some event promotion FAIL items that I’ve received in the past when attending an event, conference, or tradeshow – I thought it would be fun to stick our graphic on them; a couple at the end are just for fun – I got carried away.

Stress Squeeze Toy

Silly Putty

Logo Launcher

Logo Launcher

Game Cube


Credit Card

Snuggie Blanket

Pack of Smokes

Now I have to get back to work. The moral of the story is: cut out the crap.

We’re going to continue with what we did last year: keep things simple like not giving people a name badge or a printed program and making everyone use ceramic coffee cups filled with Ethical Bean Coffee – that kind of stuff. How we’re going to get people there is still being worked out. Chime in if you like.

So if you’re planning an event do the world a favour and don’t destroy the earth one tchotchke at a time. If you need gifts or giveaways for your event be smart and order it from Saul Good Gift Co.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert [This post can also be seen on The Red Wagon Blog]

Creative Events – The Cheaper Show #9

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Hey! Get out and buy art on June 26, 2010! The Cheaper Show is an authentic highly-acclaimed, experiential event and we’re totally going! You should come too!

The Cheaper Show removes barriers between talented emerging artists, buyers, curators, gallery directors and collectors, creating new channels for engaged interaction. How cool is that?! And, it’s no small time affair, they showcase hundreds of multi-disciplined artists, based solely on their artistic merit, offering the works at one affordable price (every piece is $200), regardless of market value. What started as a modest show created by three artists needing a platform to display their art, The Cheaper Show has grown in to the largest, single-night, cultural art event in Western Canada.

Here’s a CREATIVEMIX shout-out to our friends and fellow art-makers+lovers at the Cheaper Show. See you there!

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

The Cheaper Show No. 9 from The Cheaper Show on Vimeo.

Creative People – Bob Kronbauer

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

It’s no secret – is totally awesome. Last year when we were spreading the word about the first CREATIVEMIX they took up the flag and waived it wildly in support of the conference. For that – we are forever grateful. The man behind it all is Bob Kronbauer and this post is to simply say THANK YOU TO BOB! Over the past few months VIA has become a staple in the Vancouver arts and culture scene, and my browser homepage, and for what it’s worth I just wanted to send a shout-out to our friend Bob and his amazing team of contributors and to remind people that they operate as a non-profit so… donate generously as you’re able (let’s micro-payment them to death)! Want to get to know Bob a bit better – visit the archives.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

IDEA 2010 Grad Show

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Here’s a SHOUT OUT to our friends at Capilano University’s IDEA program: you’ve got to check out this year’s grad show! Seriously – these folks are crazy talented.

We were honoured to have the IDEA crew at CREATIVEMIX this past Fall and getting to meet a bunch of them was an absolute thrill. They love what they do! They’re so freakin’ passionate about design, art, and creativity that I can’t help but want to be around them (maybe it will rub off). When it comes to creative marketing I thought their “Win Free Ideas” contest – see video below – was awesome! What a killer way to get industry experience and promote the program.

IDEA is a career-based three-year diploma program offering instruction in both communication design and applied illustration. This dual curriculum sets IDEA apart from other post-secondary design programs and gives graduates a lifelong edge in the job market. In this demanding, full-time cohort program, students are given a strong theoretical foundation and learn how to develop and apply concepts, manage complex projects and meet current industry expectations, both creatively and technologically.

The grad show is a chance for graduates to exhibit what hard work and sleepless nights can produce! We support sleepless creatives! The Capilano University IDEA Program Grad Show 2010 is happening next Monday; I hope to see you there.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Let’s Go BLIM

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Need some creative inspiration? Check out Chinatown’s hidden gem BLIM, a community-based art resource centre that can feed nearly every creative craving you have – especially if you’re of the crafty variety.

BLIM is truly one of these great spots that we can’t do without. What stands out to me is that it’s not just a funky store – it’s a place to gather and learn – check out their amazing workshop schedule. Now, I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself crafty, so you won’t see me in a knitting class anytime soon, but screen-printing and button making? Oh yeah – I could rock those!

Here’s a little more about BLIM: it’s been in the heart of Vancouver’s DIY Main Street district for five years (yeah, that’s right, a DIY district – how cool are we)? BLIM is a non-funded arts facility run by and for artists and community. It is made possible because of the hard working Yuriko Iga, Noel Macul, and all their awesome volunteers. BLIM also raises funds by collaborating with various organizations both in the arts, media, and community field such as Powell Street Festival, Public Dreams, Langara Institute, Emily Carr, New Music Vancouver, and VIVO.

Here’s a few of the accolades BLIM has received:

“Best Low Profile Event Space” – Vancouver Magazine

“Best Innovative Arts Space” – Terminal City

“Best Place to Whip up some Art” – Georgia Straight

So… what are we waiting for? Let’s go BLIM!

Posted by Corwin Hiebert

My Moleskine – A Tool for Creativity

Friday, March 26th, 2010

If you’re looking for an update on CREATIVEMIX – sorry; you’ll have to wait a bit longer. For now, I thought I’d rant on something totally useless.

I carry a notebook around with me EVERYWHERE. I’ve forgotten my wallet, my keys, my cell phone, but I’ve never forgotten my notebook. It’s not a journal, it’s a notebook. I write things of a more personal nature from time to time but really I treat my notebook more like an Etch a Sketch. I don’t take it to seriously. I use it for brainstorming sessions, business planning, checklist making, remembering measurements for the next Ikea run, drawing useless diagrams, taking minutes, and rambling about stuff I’ll never read again. Oh, and I always scribble, no penmanship here.

I use a Moleskine. Without my Moleskine I would feel lost. I can’t believe I’ve only used them for just a few years. It wasn’t that long ago that I knew nothing of Moleskine. Sure I had used journals and booklets in the past but they varied in size, durability, quality, and style. It was David duChemin that showed me the light. Nearly every time we got together for coffee or a pint he would arrive before me and he’d be writing in his Moleskine until I got there (he’s a regular-notebook guy, he thinks the reporter style is stupid). When I’d walk up to the table he’d look at me, smile, say hi, and close his notebook. He’d close it! Like as if he was hiding CIA secrets or something. Can’t I see his creative musings? Why can’t I see what he’s writing? Eventually I had to do what he was doing just so I could return the Moleskine snobbery and snap it shut when he walked up to me. Ha! In your face photog boy. So, that one single act of revenge has turned into an obsession. Now, I could care less what David or anyone else is writing in their notebooks, I’ve got mine and mine is better.

My style is the Moleskine Ruled Reporter Notebook. I’m already a messy writer and so I need the lines, without lines it’s chaos (and not in a good way). The flip-style, though some find it to police-like, is perfect because I don’t have to deal with that horrible seam and I like the amount of vertical real estate for those ideas that belong together (turning a page can kill the flow, I think).

I like to think of my Moleskine as a tool for my creativity because it’s a safe place for me to work stuff out. Bad ideas take comfort with other bad ideas and once they’re on paper I can move on. The good ideas flourish when I jot them down because I often flip through old pages and I love seeing the journey of something that inspires me. The reality is I spend to much time on my computer and a little pen+paper action is always a good idea. Besides, I don’t have that many good ideas, if I don’t write them down I’m screwed!

Here’s my take on a few rules to live by when it comes to being the proud owner of a Moleskine:

  • Always buy two Moleskines at a time so that you never run out
  • Always buy the same format so that they look cool stacked up next to each other
  • Write messy on the first page because you know where this is going so don’t even try to be careful – consider starting with a stupid checklist or a diagram of your living room (3D cubes with shadows are a good standby)
  • Never start a new Moleskine until you’ve finished the other one (skipping to the end, writing really big, or tearing out pages doesn’t count)
  • Don’t start a new page when you have a new idea, just keep writing, blank space is bad
  • Always use the same pen; like my Father-in-law Hugh Rothe, I prefer the Zebra F-301 (it’s an inexpensive pen that never fails and lasts forever)
  • When in awkward social settings flip through the pages to appear focused on an important task or give the impression that you’re writing something profound
  • If you are meeting with someone who also has a Moleskine ask to see what’s in the expandable inner pocket – you know you want to (it’s a “I’ll show you mine if you show yours” kinda thing)
  • Take pride in the fact that it’s the legendary notebook of Hemingway and Picasso

Newly added rules (inspired by David duChemin):

  • Pre-crease each page to ensure a non-stick environment
  • Manhandle bookmark ribbon (if applicable) because a flat, stiff piece of string is just lame
  • Stick it in your back pocket for a minimum of 1 week, if it’s still not broken in… repeat

Posted by Corwin Hiebert

2010 Conference Date

Monday, February 1st, 2010

calendar-icon-nov04Big news! CREATIVEMIX is coming back for another round! Thursday, November 4th. Remember that. Write that down. Tell other people.

Now, you’re probably wondering what’s happening and who’s speaking . . . well, we can’t tell you that. There’s a lot we can’t tell you right now but not because we don’t know. Well . . . maybe it’s because we don’t know, or maybe it’s because we’re busy connecting and collaborating with a lot of cool peeps right now and it wouldn’t be fair to let the cat out of the bag. There will be interesting and useful updates every couple weeks from here on out so be sure to sign-up for our e-mail newsletter (or the RSS feed); that way you don’t miss anything. We’re aiming to launch the program and open registration May 1st.

We CAN tell you that we’re adding workshops and will be hosting a contest for the exhibition. Oh, and the conference will again be at the cool-n-funky Roundhouse Community Arts Centre! Helpful eh?

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert & Eileen Rothe

What a Day!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

To all who attended CREATIVEMIX . . . thank you for making this inaugural event a huge success! We where thrilled to see so many creatives there and blown away by the response – this just might be the beginning of something very cool here in our Vancouver creative community.

Please continue to follow us on Twitter (@CREATIVEMIXca) as we’ll continue talking up local creative events, people, and projects. And the short answer to the question everyone is asking: YES, CREATIVEMIX will definitely happen in 2010.

Cheers! – Corwin Hiebert & Eileen Rothe

24 Hours x 24 Hours

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

24hrs-Van-CreativeMix-x-200CREATIVEMIX is almost here! In just 24 hours Vancouver’s Ideation Conference will be underway and it’s shaping up to be an amazing day!

24 Hours Vancouver has published a piece on the conference (page 5) — just look for my pensive “Sssshhhhh… I’m thinking!” headshot — and it’s a great piece about the event. Terry McBride drops some very encouraging words and it really gets the vibe across.

So there it is. Creative math. 24 x 24 = October 22. Ha! I’m hilarious.

Okay, now let’s get on with it! Eileen and I have lived, breathed, and bled this thing and with one day left we can honestly say that we’re crazy-excited to see this event come to life. Bringing together Vancouver’s creatives in a “meeting of  the minds” is one of those never-quite-completed tasks, but we’re having a blast doing it! Yes, we “think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” At this point, all I can think about is the Think & Drink.


Thanks to Kristen McKenzie for writing a great article and Editor-in-chief Dean Broughton for being our champion.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Behind it All

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Well… the cat is out of the bag about CREATIVEMIX – Vancouver’s first annual ideation conference and the response has been great so far! 2,100+ visitors to the site and registration is gaining momentum. Phewph. Turns out we’re not totally crazy!

Now, before going any further, I just want to make sure you know who is behind the vision and direction of the conference, as well as the content posted on this blog. So, who are we? We are proud Vancouverites and local creatives who passionately seek the company of, and inspiration from, other creative types – people who, like us, are driven by their inspiration and “must” pursue their ideas and find a way to make their living doing what they love (or desire to). We believe that, as we grow in our creative efforts and delve deeper into our own artistic crafts, we must also expand horizontally to gain new relationships with, and understanding from, creative people of disciplines other than our own. This is our heart and the core reason for hosting CREATIVEMIX; we want to take our creativity to the next level and believe that we are not alone.

We are Corwin Hiebert and Eileen Rothe. By the time October 22nd comes around, we will have been married for 13 years. Though I’m pretty sure we can’t self-proclaim the status of “Power Couple,” we definitely live our lives in such a way that we plan for, and expect to, work together on nearly every project. We co-birthed and are co-producing CREATIVEMIX, and we are extremely excited to champion other local creatives and gather together like-minded Vancouverites this Fall. Here’s a little snapshot on each of us:

Corwin Hiebert

Corwin Hiebert

Specializing in strategic event design, marketing, and logistics management, Corwin has 14 years of experience in the event industry and has handled near every kind of event, from international road shows to local fundraisers. A one-time consultant to the largest software company in the world, Microsoft, he managed over 300 international training events in under four years. Some of his local events include the Western Canada’s largest yoga event, the “Camp Moomba Yogathon,” supporting Canadian children impacted by HIV/AIDS, the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament, and the upcoming 2009 GEOWEB conference. Corwin is also the manager for Wade Imre Morissette (kirtan performer/yoga instructor/author) and David duChemin (photographer/author).

Eileen Rothe

Eileen Rothe

Eileen is singer/songwriter with a piano-driven style and a soulful, edgy voice. She’s been graciously compared to the likes of Kate Bush and Tori Amos but has her own unique je ne sais quoi. Over the past couple of years, Eileen has been extremely fortunate to work with renowned vocal coach Judith Rabinovich (known for her work with Sarah McLachlan) and continues to pursue excellence in her music. Her debut EP “Dream Girl” (Hipposonic Records) has the magical touch of producer Jeff Dawson (John Wozniak, Holly McNarland, Daniel Powter) and mixer Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, AC/DC, Rush) and in the spring of 2008 she ventured out on her first Canadian tour that took her from Vancouver to Ottawa. Early this year Eileen travelled to New York, as she was invited to audition for a roadway musical – this has thrown her into a new and challenging direction in her career and she is very excited about it. She is also working on new material and is back in the studio this summer.

So there it is. Sorry for the self-promo . . . I just couldn’t come up with any other way to introduce ourselves. Maybe I should have had someone interview us – though that sounds even more presumptuous, don’t you think? Nonetheless, thanks for being a part of our CREATIVEMIX family and please be sure to subscribe to the RSS Feed, follow us on Twitter, and tell your friends about October 22nd.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Registration is Open

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

creativemix-logo_90xIt’s been a long time in coming but it’s finally here: registration is now open for CREATIVEMIX (Vancouver’s Ideation Conference) taking place October 22, 2009 at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC. All you creative peeps who normally wait until the last minute will definitely miss out on this one if you don’t sign-up early so be sure to register quick (and save $20 before September 15). You can learn all you need to learn on the Register page.

Here’s the scoop on who this event is for, why it’s happening, and why it will be a one-of-a-kind conference:

CREATIVEMIX is a gathering of Vancouver’s emerging and professional creative minds. This one-day conference is dedicated to those who live and breathe ideation, creative expression, and believe the notion that inspiration is the most important asset. This conference is an interdisciplinary event, bringing together industry-leading idea makers who will share their experiences and explore a common thread of creativity.

This conference is for everyone who depends on their creative output – whether it’s a small or big part of their work. The goal is to help you take your creativity to the next level! We believe that the next level can be achieved through the collaboration and inspiration that comes from learning and working outside the box.

So often “creatives” gather to hone their technical craft; however, skills are simply not enough. It’s one thing to plan and deliver on a great idea but it’s the innovator who stands apart from the crowd. By leaving your skills at the door and focusing on expanding your creativity you’ll gain inspiration and a new mindset around this invaluable medium.

The program will consist of 12 speakers, from various industries, speaking to how they foster and manage creativity, fan new ideas into fruition, and promote the cross-pollination of creative concepts among different types of people and projects.

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