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How to craft clear explanations for complex ideas, a conversation with Lee LeFever

How to craft clear explanations for complex ideas, a conversation with Lee LeFever

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Ever since I saw the first Common Craft video RSS in Plain English, I've been a huge fan of their work. The brilliance of Common Craft videos is that they explain complicated ideas in simple terms, usually in 3 minutes or less.
Explanation is often difficult for artists— whether talking about a single work, a collection, or even in terms of creating work that speaks clearly to the audience— So I wanted to get Lee LeFever's advice on how he and his wife Sachi find the simplest explanations for complex ideas. We also talked about how Common Craft videos are made, the scripting process, how a two person company scales (or doesn't) and the choices Lee and Sachi have made to intentionally remain small while growing their audience and their reach.

Lee LeFever is the founder and creative force behind Common Craft, which is known for their series of short animated in Plain English video explana

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