Leoš Janáček was crazy: What I've Learned This Week

  • Thanks to Free Comic Book Day I discovered that, when added, opposite sides of a 20-sided die total 21. In normal 6-sided dice, they total 7. The general rule seems to be that how ever many sides a die has, the total of the opposing sides equal one more. 
  • Prolific design writer Steven Heller works on ten books at the same time. His current book 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design is a must read for anyone interested in visual communication. 
  • Leoš Janáček was crazy. His composition Intimate Letters, his “manifesto on love,” was written in honor of a woman he was obsessed with. How obsessed? He wrote her over 700 letters. Of the work he said “You stand behind every note, you, living, forceful, loving. The fragrance of your body, the glow of your kisses – no, really of mine. Those notes of mine kiss all of you. They call for you passionately…”
  • Seeing something I created on a t-shirt worn by a complete stranger in the streets of NYC will never get old.

Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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