Creative Thinking

An Interview with Jon Arvizu

Jon Arvizu is a local artist, designer, and screen printer. He was kind enough to let us intervene on his busy schedule to ask him some questions. In this interview, Jon talks to us about his interest in midcentury modern architecture, why he loves silk-screen printing, and what he appreciates about Phoenix, as an artist. Monomyth Studio:

An Interview with Liz Magura

Liz Magura is a native Phoenician. One of the few, perhaps? With an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University and a lifetime of swimming under her belt, Liz has a knack for being resourceful, looking at the bigger picture, striving to solve problems on the daily, oh, and bringing a smile to a meeting or two. She

An Interview with Safwat Saleem

“Cheaper Than Therapy,” an Interview with Safwat Saleem Safwat Saleem is a graphic designer, an artist, an illustrator, a film-maker, a writer, and is just a generally awesome at things kind of guy. Much of his work is satirical, politically charged, and forces us to take a look at subject matter that might be uncomfortable through

An Interview with Kym Ventola

“Creating Boundaries,” an Interview with Kym Ventola In the midst of wedding season, local photographer, Kym Ventola, was kind enough to answer some of our questions about her work and what inspires her. She talks to us about the choices she’s made regarding her career in photography, how she sets boundaries in her life, and

An Interview with Julieta Felix

“Designing for Change,” an Interview with Julieta Felix Julieta Felix is a visual designer at PayPal and founder of Busy Vegan, a plant-based food blog. She has lectured about design at creative conferences and universities, and has been named one of the Top 100 Creatives in Phoenix. Her work has been featured in numerous blogs

On Avoiding Creative Pitfalls

We were brought up with a romanticized notion of creativity as the personality trait of painters, musicians, and writers. However, Sir Ken Robinson defines creativity as “the process of having original ideas that have value.” It is merely a state of critical thinking. These ideas come as a result of a problem that needs to be solved,

An Interview with Tim Brennan

Last week, Tim Brennan let us harass him via email. He talked to us about sign painting, about being an artist in Phoenix, and teased us with the phrase, “super secret project.” Monomyth Studio: When/How did you know you wanted to be a designer? How did you get here? Tim Brennan: Long story long: I

An Interview with Cali Pitchel

“I Live by My Wits,” an Interview with Cali Pitchel Cali Pitchel is the Director of Marketing at Analytics Pros, a digital analytics consultancy in Seattle, WA. She studied history as an undergrad, wrote a Master’s thesis on Rachael Ray and the sociology of nostalgia, and dropped out of a PhD program to channel her

What Eisenhower Knew About Productivity

In 1954 President Eisenhower made a speech at the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches during which he said many insightful things, but the most important thing he said, the only remembered thing, was a one-off comment about productivity. What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important. This

5 Reasons to Start Writing by Hand

How often are you writing by hand? Do you find yourself typing everything, from text messages and to-do lists, to blog posts? If so, you should probably go out and buy a notebook today. And here are some reasons why: 1. Writing by hand gives us the feeling that we are still drafting. Taking a pen