Insomnia, Boredum and Writers Block

I started this blog approximately 1 month ago. Unfortunately I haven’t updated it. The reasons are various, but mostly due to finals and the fact that I’m not interning anywhere at the moment. With school ended, my attempts at creating anything has dwindled to only manifesting thoughts when necessary. Most of my days have been occupied by Youtube, Hulu and StumbleUpon. If your an Ad Intern you can learn a lot of things from trolling these depths. For example, take this interesting adaptation about the new evolution of business to customer communication points.

This explosion of new media can be a bit bothersome. What will little creative nerds, dwebs and rejects like myself do if everyone just wants to tweet instead of watch tv? Conventional advertising would be doomed, cast away like beta tapes or the former president.

Regardless, Last night I didn’t sleep. I just laid in bed rolling around, counting sheep, counting the number of shutters per blind (40), and counting the days until I get back to Boston, school and my internship. Winter break is a long and frustrating experience. It’s too long to just simply read a good book and relax for a few days, but too short to find a job that is willing to hire you for 3.5 weeks.

In the movie Jarhead, I believe they called this limbo “the suck”. But, I think it feels a little bit like this.

So, the question becomes, What do creative students do while they are bored, have writers block, or can’t sleep? The answer, THE INTERNET. Find cool stuff that will occupy your time. Make neat little projects that will get you to keep on trucking and not fall into the drooling on a couch watching reruns of Maury trap.

Here is something I stumbled upon for starters. Its really great tutorials for photoshop.

If you have the new Adobe CS4 Suite take a look at It’s a great way to get started with their really cool new product as well as show you how to use Adobe’s updated 3D mapping. If none of those things excite you, look for some cool advertisement executions and ask yourself why they worked, what worked about them, or how could they improve. Below are just a few examples of some great stuff I’ve found using StumbleUpon.

If you notice, most of these examples are OOH, that’s a good thing. It’s always nice to broaden your horizon’s past conventional print or television.


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