Turning passion into work that really delivers

There has been quite a bit of moving and shaking over here at CI-Group within the past few weeks. We’ve brought on some incredible talent, including our new Creative Director, Ken Gleason (you can learn more about him in next week’s post), and we have…

7 ways to keep your thinking stoked, creative and fresh

An art director I once knew had the U.S. Forest Service as a client for nearly 25 years. One project he worked on was a yearly poster, featuring the Forest Service’s iconic Smokey the Bear character. The goal of the poster was pretty straightforward: Remind…

Has the world run out of ideas?

I was watching a question-and-answer video with a well-known social media guru last week. Halfway through, he looked into the camera and emphatically said that all ideas have been done before. You’ll never come up with anything new, so don’t bother trying. The important thing,…

3 clever little techniques to unlock your creativity

A friend of mine is a gifted mechanic. He just has that touch to fix things. One day, while on our way to catch a train, we found an oddball, solitary parking spot in an otherwise crazily overcrowded lot. We soon learned why: The parking…

A crash course in how to be creative from Rod Serling

During New Years, my wife and I always try to catch a few hours of The Twilight Zone marathon on Syfy. This year marked the 20th anniversary the station has run the yearend blitz of this trippy show. According to online sources, the TZ marathon…

The ‘periodic elements’ of social media

This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I’ve kept an index card next to my home computer for the better part of a year (I know, that’s very analog of me). As I’ve poured over social media every day, I’ve used this 4×6” relic…

7 ways to rekindle the marketing flame

It happens to all of us. You work hard at your job, day by day, marketing your wares or services. You’re committed, of course, even devoted to your craft. But the luster isn’t what it used to be. Perhaps the relationship you have with your…

Awesome improv techniques to boost your creative thinking

I’ve seen the Second City improvisation troop twice in my life. The first time I was on assignment at an agency in Chicago (they brought in Second City to entertain their employees), and once more recently on a cruise during a stormy night (a much-needed…