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Is Instagram the New Creative Portfolio?

Excerpt via Fast Company:

“In creative fields, having an impressive portfolio of work to show off at interviews or to HR managers is no longer necessarily the key to landing a job. Instagram and, in some fields, Pinterest, have become an important marker of taste and talent alike. “You don’t need a portfolio anymore. You have an Instagram feed,” Bradford Shellhammer, the Fab cofounder and BackCountry creative director told Fast Company. “You don’t have to spend hundreds of thousands producing this work; it’s all in your hand.”

Matt Fraction – The Man Behind the Comic Book That Finally Got Sex Right

Excerpt of an article that originally appears in Wired:

“Then again, so is Fraction: an A-list superhero comic book writer whose work transcends the typical creative ouroboros of the genre. While the biggest influence on most Iron Man comics, for example, is other Iron Man comics, Fraction’s work feels both interdisciplinary and scalable; his comics can be read and enjoyed as simple, superpowered pop confections that require little to no prior knowledge, or as intricately patterned narratives infused with the aesthetics of decades of film, music—and yes, comics—that are both literate and literary. And Sex Criminals is the culmination of a much longer meta-critique that has threaded through Fraction’s work—both answer and antidote to mainstream comics’ long history of treating sex as something you exploit, not something you talk about.”

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It?

Excerpt via Fast Company (h/t to Alana Marie for the link)

Daniel Goleman, the psychologist who coined the term emotional intelligence, recently talked to the Huffington Post about the many characteristics of emotional intelligence. Lets go over a few here, so that we can know what to train in.

Do you ask a lot of questions when you meet someone? Do you actually listen to their answers? Then you might be a highly empathic person, someone attuned to the needs and feeling of others, and you may also mark high on openness to experience–a trait correlated with creativity.

To be emotionally intelligent, Goleman says, you need to have confidence. To have confidence, you need to know your strengths and weaknesses. Then you work from that framework.