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Articles by A. Michael Shumate

These articles are available for reprint and e-publishing, provided my credit and contact information remains intact as it appears in each article.

Articles on Success In The Arts

Don't Let Anyone Steal Your Talents   
A look at how we are encouraged or discouraged to develop our talents. (1074 words, PDF 56kb)

De-myth-tefiying the concept of creativity. A discussion of what creativity isn't and then what it really is. (1078 words)

Three Qualities For Success In The Arts
A personal story with an insight into what qualities, besides talent, are necessary to succeed in the arts. (1077 words, PDF 58kb)

Illustration Concepts
Of all the millions of individual illustration concepts that have been created over many centuries, there are only four different categories or kinds of concepts. What are they? (2010 words, PDF 74kb)

Articles on Graphic Design and Illustration

Developing Corporate Identity Concepts
There are four different kinds of corporate identity concepts and three kinds of corporate identity approaches. Why try to design without knowing the paramenters? (1387 words, PDF 137kb)

Techniques For Greater Creativity: Ideas on Tap
Ways for people in creative fields to increase creativity in their work. (1194 words, PDF 65kb)

Evolution of Some High Profile Identities
Learn from companies that have been refining their identities over long periods of time, most for more than a century. (555 words, PDF 409kb)

Great Logo Designers
Work of a handfull of designers who have created identities that have lasted decades, some for half a century. (1000 words, PDF 407kb)

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