Illustration, Inspiration

Oliver Jeffers makes art. From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Jeffers work takes many forms. His distinctive oil paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn and Gestalten Space, Berlin. Oliver's picture books have been translated into over 30 languages, including Lost & Found, Stuck, The Hueys, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, The Great Paper Caper and most recently the New York Times bestsellers Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film which has received over sixty awards including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film. Picture Book awards include the The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Blue Peter Book of the Year, as well as shortlists for the British Book of the Year, The Roald Dahl Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Oliver won a NY Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with the artist and director Mac Premo.

Inspiration, Productive Life

When your team is faced with adversity, does it stand strong and act boldly or does it crumble under pressure? Based on his work with over 1000 teams, Keith Yamashita shares his insights about great collaborative environments including: have an awareness beyond your day-to-day, respect the unique talents of your team members, and actively cultivate meaningful one-on-one relationships.

Product Design, UI / UX Design

Entrepreneur Job Gebbia, shares how his team grew their idea, Airbnb, into a national startup the hard way: by staying lean, “doing things that don’t scale” like meeting users one at a time, and by taking one small step at a time. Joe leads us in a storyboarding exercise that helped his team take ideas and push them into reality. If you’d like to follow along, download the Airbnb Storyboard Frame sheet and grab a pencil. When finished, tweet Joe at @jgbebbia, and be sure to use the hashtag #nextstep.

Inspiration, Productive Life

Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living -- and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

Miscellaneous

Bernie Mitchell from DrywallTalk.com shows how he creates wonderful works of art using only drywall compounds.
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