The Creative Gap: Becoming Better Than Most

February 1, 2011 - By 

Make more stuff, be the worst in the room, be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and be nice. A talk about how to make more stuff you like and eventually get paid for it by standing out and being better than most.

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  • hello !!
    I hope the students realized the luck they have this day listening to your speech!!
    and will turn those advises into lifestyle!
    You recap this all UDGE-thingy with such MAESTRIA !!! it s ethic, phylosophic, good vibes and shit !!! ohh man!!

    I wish you are around L.A. one of these days to share some beer and talk!
    (sorry in advance for my poor english beeing french HAHAHA !!!)


  • Hey NIck..I just want to say that you are an inspiration to are my role model.
    Im 15, im learning how to use Cinema 4D and I watched this video and from now each day Im creating a new animation/logo etc of some kind. Im not sure yet what to make but I think thats the best part.
    I just wanted to say thank you and I hope one day I can be as succesful as you =)

  • I’m probably twice your age, but you are my new hero.

    BTW, I had a drawing professor way back in 1976 that explained to me, without rules to work against, nothing can be any fun. I think you’re the first to mention this mindset that i can remember in the last decade or so.

  • THANK YOU! Totally what i needed. I like the way you work! Great Ideas! Been stuck for a while. Am very excited about trying out your method with fine art as well as design.

  • It’s exectly what I’m feeling and worrying about. Thanks a lot!!!! Keep doing that!


    Guys like you and Andrew kramer are cyber teacher for motionographers. Thank you so much. School is a must but the best part ultimately comes with the online world.

  • You are such an inspiration. I’m in awe of what you do.

  • pretty inspirational video! thanks for sharing it here, it is really good to see something like this… 🙂

  • Nick, you are an inspiration to a growing designer. I will be graduating with my bachelors degree next year and through the course of the remainder of my degree, I will for sure be creating something everyday. I understand that repetition contributes to growth, and I will use that to keep the tension. Thanks for the insight!

  • ah really thanks for the video! so helpful!!

  • wow, thanks for video! love it!

  • Nick!
    Immediately after watching this I started right on it! Creating something cool everyday and then posting it for the world to see:
    I’m going to try for 90 straight days, then perhaps a year! Its really changed my life, my career, and response from people.
    Thanks for all the inspiration, advice, jokes, and tutorials.

  • Hi, I couldn´t finish watching the conference until yesterday, it was very good, I´m a teacher and I´m going to ask my students to watch it, because they are in the design area and it will be very useful for them.

    Great concepts and structure Nick, congratulations.

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  • Hey! Just found this video and listened to it at work and now i’m fired up! Thanks for the great advice and encouragement. I look forward to improving even more this year and making myself more valuable as an artist. You’re totally right about the average thing. Great videos as always.


  • Michael Bischoff April 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    “In five years, I probably won’t have a website making tutorials.”

    Welp… been a good run, haha.

    • hehe. Still here kicking. Although the site is FULL of more artists helping post great tutorials every week. My role has definitely changed. Thanks for watching that so many years later. It’s one of my favorites.

  • If I have a job today it’s because of you guys
    love you all
    Thank you very very much

  • I appreciate his talking at the start about creating value. Before I get depressed about EVERYONE being able to make “stuff”; should I wish I was the only one who could create these graphics, so that I would be more valuable (marketable)?
    No! Two good reasons:
    1) My work wouldn’t be as good, because just making the stuff at all would be 90% of my effort.
    2) It would cost me a $10,000 investment in gear just to be that guy, compared to today, where it costs much less.

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