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Howdy friend,

This week, one of my favorite articles talks about losing creativity and how that can negatively impact your business.

It walks through common issues that lead to reduced creativity: trouble with the first step, fear of the unknown, lack of control, etc. The article also offers ways to get over and around these issues when you're in a creative rut.

Keep this in your back pocket for the next time you need to reignite that creative spark.

High fives,

Matt Downey
@buildyourbridge

Creatives are moving: Where are they going and why?

70 percent of survey respondents believe it will no longer be necessary for creatives to live in major cities in the future – but for some the move has already begun.

How to empathize with your users

Empathizing with your users creates successful products. These design tools and tips will help you strengthen your user empathy and enhance your UX research.

Design by the Decades: Get inspired by 90s graphic design trends

Millennials rejoice! This one is for you. Are you ready to bring back the loud colors, dive deep into pop culture, wear everything tie-dye, and venture into the raver’s paradise?

Pantone steps into NFTs with the creative talents of Polygon1993

That’s right, the global authority on color, Pantone, is stepping into the world of NFTs. The event will take place on Tezos’ largest NFT marketplace, Objkt, whose energy-efficient design and low costs to mint and transact NFTs has attracted a diverse community of creatives worldwide.

Zuckerberg confirms NFTs coming to Instagram

Zuckerberg said the company is not ready to provide specific details but expressed hopes for users to mint NFTs within the social media platform.

MetaMask parent company ConsenSys raises Series D at $7B valuation

Crypto developer ConsenSys, which owns the popular Ethereum-based MetaMask wallet, announced a $450 million Series D round today that values the company at $7 billion, nearly double in worth since its last fundraise in November 2021.

Want deeper client relationships? Try these top strategies.

Deeper client relationships start with a willingness to get to know your customers on a personal level rather than as a number on your invoice.

Why you're losing your creativity and how it is hurting your business

As the world separates the analytical and the creative, we will often yield to the more socially correct norm, and we abandon the creative part of ourselves. You have to go beyond the fear of the unknown, fear of judgment, fear of taking that first giant leap, and the fear of losing control.

Give yourself permission to be creative

Reflecting on moments that shaped his life, actor Ethan Hawke examines how courageous expression promotes healing and connection with one another

Friday Finds #14

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Build Your Bridge is from Matt Downey — a creator helping other creators productize their services, build value through reputation, and generate self-sustaining income.

This week’s featured NFT project is Ronin by Bushidos.

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