Paul Stankard: Glass Artist

Paul Stankard: Glass Artist

“I loved being innovative and I loved discovering new ways to interpret the flowers…you have to solve one technical problem after the other….pay attention…and follow what is interesting to you…” — Paul Stankard, Master Glass Artist Paul Stankard is a pioneer in glass art and his works can be found at the Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, and Corning Museum of Glass among others. When he struggled in school with unrecognized dyslexia, he just thought he was stupid. It wasn’t until he was around the age of 27 that he heard then decathlon winner Bruce Jenner talk about his struggles in school that Paul recognized that he was dyslexic too.

  Paul’s father was a chemist and he and his mother […]

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A Day in the Life of a Creative Director: Guy Cornet

A Day in the Life of a Creative Director: Guy Cornet

  “It was my dyslexia that made me who I am today.” — Guy Cornet, Creative DIrector Free Partners Creative director Guy Cornet recently reflected on his dyslexia in a recent post on Creative Bloq. It made me listen It made me relate It made me hungry It made me fair It made me think It made me understand people It made me passionate It made me have doctors handwriting It made me a creative From the interview: “A lot of neurodivergent individuals have found solace in the creative space. This is a place that has been built for people who think differently. And the industry needs fresh outlooks to stay ahead of the curve…

Being dyslexic, I found it extremely stressful working […]

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The Expansive Life of IBM’s Thomas Watson, Jr [Premium]

The Expansive Life of IBM’s Thomas Watson, Jr [Premium]

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” — Thomas Watson, Jr.   Recently, I had the chance to interview Tom Watson Jr’s grandson, Ralph Watson McElvenny and his co-author Marc Wortman. Tom Watson Jr. was one of those people who seemed to live larger than life. He struggled mightily as a child – and was sort of a black sheep of a talented family for years, but he found his niche – and later expanded that into multiple niches, There’s a lot to be gained from learning more about his life.   From the book’s press release: “Nearly fifty years into IBM’s existence, Thomas Watson Jr. undertook the biggest gamble in business […]

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Nick Koshnick: StoriedWork.com An AI Co-Pilot for Non-Linear Thinkers

Nick Koshnick: StoriedWork.com An AI Co-Pilot for Non-Linear Thinkers

Nick Koshnick is a Stanford PhD and seasoned entrepreneur who raised money from companies like Google and Andreessen, and then sold the company.. He's also dyslexic. Now, he's co-founded StoriedWork.com with business partner Frank Corrigan. Storied has been nicknamed...

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Learning Through Real Things: David Kelley’s Tech Box [Premium]

Learning Through Real Things: David Kelley’s Tech Box [Premium]

“Striving for perfection can get in the way during the early stages of the creative process.” — David Kelley David Kelley is recognized as one of the world’s leading design innovators. He is also dyslexic and dysgraphic. In addition to founding Stanford University Design School, David co-founded IDEO, a design company that, among other things, designed the prototype for the computer mouse that we know today.     In The Art of Innovation, David’s brother Tom wrote about how David loved to make things as a little kid, and as early as he could remember, he believed in the process of starting somewhere and continually improving something until it really works. When Tom was only six, he remembers David improving how he built snowmen until […]

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Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers

Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers

  Brilliant comedian Tommy Smothers of Smothers Brothers fame passed away at the age of 86. Condolences to his family and loved ones. “My comedy came out of my dyslexia…I search for words. I don’t stutter but there’s a timing that I discovered that was comedic timing, which is the process of getting to the next sentence or the next idea or the next concept. It’s kind of disjointed and not very articulate but it was a character that could say things.” — Tommy Smothers   Tommy and his brother on the Judy Garland show.   Tommy’s comedy sketch about being “inarticulate.”      

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Dyslexic Toymakers and Gamemakers

Dyslexic Toymakers and Gamemakers

  Many dyslexic kids and adults are great at games – all sorts of games. Not surprisingly, some decide to make games themselves and then some choose careers in some aspect of the game industry. There may be an ability to see game play from multiple perspectives including different points of view, while those who win these games are often good at strategy, role play, and pattern recognition. Among game creators, strengths in humor, and divergent and playful thinking are very well-suited to inventing new games. Some years ago, legendary toy inventor Howard Wexler gave our community a webinar about his life inventing toys. As a kid, he played with Tinkertoys and enjoyed taking things apart. His toys and games were very different from each […]

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Dyslexic Storytellers [Premium]

Dyslexic Storytellers [Premium]

Although many of the physical and mechanical aspects of writing are difficult, many of the greatest writers of all time are dyslexic. Why does storytelling come naturally to so many? Dyslexic people have powerful emotional, personal, multisensory memories. As a result, it’s easy to recall the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of the past and once the hurdles of getting information down on a page are overcome, stories can come to life for others. Not everyone has these gifts – in fact, a lot of people don’t. A common dyslexic strength is “episodic simulation”. The word “episodic” refers to what scientists refer to as episodic memory, memories for episodes or experiences that have a specific place and time.     Our surveys of dyslexic and […]

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