• 01.05.15

Inspiring Creative Advice From Ira Glass–Visualized, For a More Dynamic 2015

“Nobody Tells This To Beginners” is a video that animates a famous Ira Glass quote to inspire you toward better creative work in 2015.

Few have been able to articulate the struggle of finding your creative footing better than Ira Glass. The producer and public radio magnate gave some advice on the topic to Public Radio International in 2009 that has resonated deeply in the years since. Pitched toward people just starting out, his advice focused on the gap between having good taste and producing good creative work–and battling the self-doubt that comes along with it. As the new year stirs feelings of dynamism in many of us, the team at Creavite has now animated Glass’s words into an inspiring new video.


“Nobody Tells This To Beginners” starts at the beginning of the most-quoted part of Glass’s advice. Over a gently tinkling piano, the words dance across the screen while the background continually shifts. One moment its an ode to video game production, the next it seems to recall an empty draftboard. The variety deftly underscoring the many formats your ambition may tempt you toward. Fittingly enough, the tastefully designed video seems like the work of someone who got past their own quality gap and knows exactly what they’re doing.

[h/t to DesignTaxi]

About the author

Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. His next book, Away with Words, is available June 13th from Harper Perennial.