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Recognizing that the Creative Capsule Residency is application-based and is not able to accept all applicants, it is equally important to create opportunities for learning outside of the residency program. Inspired by Virgil Abloh’s “mass form of mentorship” by democratizing practical knowledge typically accessible only to insiders in a given industry or field, this online resource features highlights from the residency including videos with tips from mentors and excerpts from Creative Capsule Thumbtack Workshops. Enjoy!

Creative Capsule residents are paired with mentors in their fields, high-level accomplished professionals who provide guidance on their projects. Below, some Creative Capsule mentors share tips for other aspiring creatives.

1. Veronica Lawlor – Tips for Creating an Illustrated Reportage

Veronica Lawlor is a reportage illustrator who shares tips to slow down, look deeply, and begin your drawing practice.

2. Liz Sly – Tips for International Journalists

Liz Sly is a veteran Washington Post Journalist who reminds new international journalists to read, to listen, to learn the language and to stay committed to the “greatest job in the world.”

3. Tom Weis – Tips for Design Thinking

Tom Weis, Associate Professor of Industrial Design at RISD, offers tips for how to bring elements of design thinking to your creative projects.

4. Nadine Nour el Dine – On Curating

Nadine Nour el Dine offers tips for building your own curatorial project.

5. Jex Blackmore – Audience and Fundraising

In a deep dive workshop, Jex Blackmore lays out precise strategies to sustainably fundraise for your creative projects.

6. José Vadi – Writing Narrative

Award-winning essayist, poet, and author José Vadi shares guidance for building unique narratives and characters, regardless of your discipline.

7. Ashwath Narayanan (Social Currant) – On Social Media: Making Engaging Video Content

Ashwath Narayanan of Social Currant shared an introduction to short form video making in April 2023.

8. Alex Toma and Bonnie Fisk – Grants and Non-profit Fundraising

Alex Toma of the Peace and Security Funders Group and Bonnie Fisk of Ploughshares offer tips for fundraising for creative projects.


Ira Glass – Audio Manifesto

Virgil Abloh – “What is Your Signature” (Public Lecture: Harvard School of Design)

Teju Cole – Eight Letters to a Young Writer