I am a huge fan of creativity. I am constantly amazed at all the creative people in this world. We went to a museum a few weeks ago, and the art was great. So many creative works on display for us to peruse in wonderment. Know what was even better to me though? The kids’ area. Kids’ areas are always full of fun. I believe this is mostly due to the creativity that goes into those areas. Not only that, but it allows the kids (and some of us much older kids) to be creative themselves.
My wife, daughter, and I spent much time playing with a wonderful set of building blocks. This set had all shapes, from your normal rectangles, cones, and arches to fancy blocks like stairs and castle tops. It was a weekday, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves to build and play to our hearts content. Then we made our way over to a magnet wall, where there were magnets of various shapes to place on a wall. They had a book of patterns and ideas for building various works of art. We started with a Greek style building with fancy columns, and I ended up with some space ships, robots, and airplanes. It was loads of fun to just play and be creative.
There are few better feelings than to come up with something really creative, sometimes unexpectedly; then to look back on it and think, “Wow, that was really cool.” It’s a very contented and pleased feeling. Every once in a while I even get that feeling in this little ol’ blog.
As much fun as it is to be creative, it’s also fun to participate in other’s creativity. I especially like to see creativity in areas that are often found boring or unwanted. One of my favorites is creative commercials. I love it when an advertiser puts effort in making their commercials fun and entertaining. It makes that in-between time pass more quickly and can even make it fun. In fact, I’ve seen a few commercials that were actually better than the programming.
In an effort to prove the point and to entertain everyone on this Friday (or whatever day you happen to be reading this,) I’m going to share some of my favorites. First up is a trio of commercials from Outpost.com (which has since acquired been Fry.com.)
“Cute little guy… So close”
“HeHe, That’s good stuff.”
“Excessive? Maybe, but we’re on a mission.”
Next up is a couple of Volkswagen commercials. VW had some great ad campaigns going several years back. I haven’t seen much from them lately, but thanks to Youtube, we can enjoy these classics.
The music and imagery really elicit a feeling of freedom. Almost makes me want to buy a convertible top VW. I went with a Jeep instead though… Same feeling but more manly. 😉
This one gives me chills when I watch it. I can feel the stress and pressure as he’s driving. The looks on their faces at the end is pure perfection.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip into creativity. I’ve got a few more favorites, but we’ll save them for another day. If you have some favorites, please share in the comments section.