Making Creative Matter™ is what Justin Ahrens is all about, and it has been the mantra and the soul behind his strategic design firm, Rule29, since the beginning. He spreads that love like an evangelist every day, serving clients and crafting the stories behind each project. A speaker, teacher, author, and creative do-gooder, Justin strives to inspire others to impact the world however they can, thus creating their own stories. For Justin, balancing work, a family of six, ambition, and passion constantly challenges what matters. Now, if there were just a few more hours in the day...
Justin is the author of Life Kerning: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life
Rule29 authored and designed Rockport's Best of Business Card Design 9.
Why do we do what we do? You've probably woken up at some point in your life and said to yourself, "What's it all about anyway? Do I really need to go in today and deal with the same old stuff?" Even if you have the greatest job in the universe, moments like this have a way of seeping into your mind occasionally.
Okay, with a show of hands, how many of you have looked at the Facebook profile of a special someone from your past? And after you have stalked a bit, how many of you have felt relief that you were no longer together? .
I'm pretty sure that all of you have heard at some level about Invisible Children's Kony 2012, unless of course you live in a cave or don't pay attention to any social media.
TED is one of the great gifts I often look to for inspiration.
Creating art out of trash is not a new idea; however, creating art from trash of people, with people, who so happen to be garbage pickers themselves, proves to not only be an intriguing narrative, but a transformative experience.
There are so many design projects out there for the greater good, and in concept they are wonderful things.
What gets you fired up? I mean, really fired up? Poverty? Politics? Aids, cancer, the environment? My next question is simply, What are you doing about it? My intent isn't to cause guilt; I'm asking more out of frustration.
How many times do you look at pictures you've taken and feel yourself transported to that day, event, or moment? I love when that happens, but until I got an iPhone, I struggled to consistently take shots of my everyday experiences.
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