Creative Walks. Ideas: Step by Step.

Creative Walks by Marcus John Henry Brown

Offices: The place where ideas go to die. I hate offices. I hate the physical, psychological, political and emotional structures of offices and I have always found it incredibly difficult to concentrate, let alone focus on or create fantastic ideas in them. My loathing for offices is only topped by my utter contempt for conference rooms with their air of …

Creative Walks and the magic of the river Isar.

Creative Walks Marcus John Henry Brown

You don’t always have to go on a great long walk to kick start your creative intelligence. Sure a day up in the Bavarian Alps is certainly spectacular but when you’re pressed for time and ideas a quick saunter along a river can help too. Sometimes just getting out and taking an hour or so for a wander can do …

The Black Operatives Department – Performances & Keynotes

I met with a friend last week who looked at me sternly and asked, “Marcus, what the hell is The Black Operatives Department? I like it, but what is it?” He’d never seen the talks live and had no frame of reference. As we chatted I realised that I’d never sat down and explained properly why I’m doing it, the …

A Palette Limited.

Marcus John Henry Brown Creative Intelligence Archive

This post explores why experience is such an important part of the creative process and is part of my Creative Intelligence Archive Series. I hope you enjoy it. I left school when I was 16, skipped sixth form college and A-Levels, choosing to spend the next seven years working my way through various design and art courses. Portsmouth College of …

An introduction to the Creative Intelligence Archive

Marcus John Henry Brown office for Creative Intelligence Archive Introduction

  A memory from the hill. Once, many years ago (twenty-seven, to be precise), I was sitting in the canteen of Dartington College of Arts, prodding at a dubious lasagne with a fork, when a group of my theatre friends staggered into the room. They were in a sorry state: limping, moaning and supporting each other as they made their …

Office for Creative Intelligence

Office for Creative Intelligence - Marcus John Henry Brown

The decision to set up my own business was probably one of the best that I’ve ever made. I’ve found the past two and a half years deeply rewarding. I have a broad range of exciting clients, and I’m rather proud of the work I’ve been asked to do for them. Have there been stumbles, trip-ups and moments of uncertainty? …

Twitter Lettersets. An Idea for Twitter.

Marcus John Henry Brown Twitter Lettersets

I like Twitter. I’ve been using it since 2007. I’m not a power user, my business does not depend on it and the world will continue to turn without it should it succumb, stumble and eventually perish during the oncoming start-up bubble explosion. Yes, we can live without Twitter, but I’d rather not and as I’m concerned for its financial wellbeing …

Zombie Apocalypse and other peak pixel fantasies.

Zombie Apocalypse Marcus John Henry Brown

I’ve started scripting my talks, writing them out longhand, typing them up and performing them directly from the script. This has become part of my talking format, and it seems to work for me. I spoke at Silicon Beach in Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago, and as my talk wasn’t filmed I’ve decided to post the script here. I’ve …

Geboren in Großbritannien. Made in Germany. Ein offener Brief an Innenminister Herr de Maizière.

Marcus John Henry Brown

Sehr geehrter Herr de Maizière, Ich heiße Marcus John Henry Brown, wohne in München und ich bin leider in Großbritannien geboren. Verstehen Sie mich bitte nicht falsch: ich liebe Großbritannien. Ein Teil meines Herzens wird für immer Südwest-England (wo ich studiert habe), Schottland (Geburtsort meines Vaters) und den Cotswolds (wo Inspector Barnaby gedreht worden ist – läuft meistens auf ZDF Neo) …

That was the January 16 that was

I struggle with January: I always have done and always will. The first couple of weeks are always stuck in second gear, my mind is soft spongey and rubbish. Thankfully the phone started ringing on the 7th and kick started me back into the year and a working frame of mind. Let’s be honest though, it was a rough month, …

Creative Walks: The River Isar (route 1)

Creative Walks by Marcus John Henry Brown

Difficulty level: easy. The Isar is Germany’s 4th longest river. It’s also perfect for creative walks. It starts life in the Austrian Alps eventually giving up and committing river suicide 295 km later where it joins the Danube. It carves its way through the heart of Munich and offers locals enough space to sunbathe on its stony shores. Thousands of joggers …