Thursday, 24 November, 2011
Since we’re all creative in one way or another, even if we don’t believe we are according to the common definition of the word – for instance if you can solve problems you then are creative – this is an article everyone should read:
If you are good at what you do, then you work – or seek to work – with other people who kick ass too. If you suck, then you put yourself around sucky people to feel better about yourself. If you want to be the best, seek to be around awesome people – be it other artists, assistants, producers, clients, partners, whatever. Shoot high. Shoot for better than yourself.
creativity, design, problem solving
Wednesday, 16 November, 2011
Creativity strikes me as being a spontaneous, random, process but it apparently has a number of definable stages, even if the sequence of such steps isn’t always predictable.
In the final stage of creativity, the left hemisphere reasserts its dominance. This stage is about challenging and testing the creative breakthrough you’ve had. Scientists do this in a laboratory. Painters do it on a canvas. Writers do it by translating a vision into words. The first key to intentionally nurturing our creativity is to understand how it works. I’ve found the stages often unfold in unpredictable sequence, and wrap back on one another. Still, keeping them in mind lets me know where I am in the creative process, and how to get to where I need to go.
creativity, innovation, psychology, thought
Friday, 21 October, 2011
Recent research suggests that creative people, and those afflicted with certain mental disorders, share some of the same personality traits.
creativity, health, mental illness, personality
Tuesday, 11 October, 2011
Does augmenting or altering an existing process, even very slightly, or re-mixing a song or artwork, constitute design and make the initiator a designer?
A possible problem with accepting an open-ended definition of design is deciding where to draw the line. Otherwise just about anything with a whiff of creativity, lateral thinking, innovation or any other characteristics of design can be deemed to be “designed.” If you follow a recipe when cooking, you cannot claim to be “designing the food,” but you could if you improvise. The critical question is whether the food will taste better? Will design’s inclusion in the development process make a positive difference?
creativity, design, innovation
Thursday, 29 September, 2011
There are occasions when I feel I should have by now written a book, or designed a smartphone app that does something vaguely useful, but while I may not have actually dispatched my inner critic, I think it’s safe to say I am ignoring it.
Why be concerned with your inner critic? In essence, an overactive inner critic acts as a deterrent between the seedlings of great ideas and the fruits of accomplishment. Don’t think you have an inner critic? Think again. The question is not if the troll is there, but rather how big, loud, and disarmingly influential and persuasive it is.
creativity, criticism, productivity
Wednesday, 7 September, 2011
Anger has been found to boost creativity in some situations, but usually only for a limited time. Use sparingly I would think, it’s sure to be a double-edged sword.
Why does anger have this effect on the imagination? I think the answer is still unclear – we’re only beginning to understand how moods influence cognition. But my own sense is that anger is deeply stimulating and energizing. It’s a burst of adrenaline that allows us to dig a little deeper, to get beyond the usual superficial free-associations. In contrast, when our mood is neutral or content, there is no incentive to embrace unfamiliar possibilities, to engage in mental risks or brash new concepts. (Why rock the boat?) The absence of criticism has kept us in the same place. And this is why anger makes it easier to think different.
anger, creativity, emotion, imagination, mood, motivation
Wednesday, 24 August, 2011
Ben Chestnut, founder of Mailchimp, which powers disassociated’s announcement list by the way, sets out the five conditions that he sees as being conducive to a creative workplace.
Meetings are a necessary evil, but you can avoid the conference room and meet people in the halls, the water cooler, or their desks. Make meetings less about delegation and task management and more about cross-pollination of ideas (especially the weird ideas). This is a lot harder than centralized, top-down meetings. But this is your job – deal with it.
creativity, meetings, workplaces
Tuesday, 16 August, 2011
Smartphones and tablet devices have all but eliminated boredom… as long as you’re within range of a base-station you need never be without the reassuring stimulation that comes by way of social networks and the internet. All of this constant, boredom destroying, invigoration may not however be doing our creativity much good.
Experts say our brains need boredom so we can process thoughts and be creative. I think they’re right. I’ve noticed that my best ideas always bubble up when the outside world fails in its primary job of frightening, wounding or entertaining me. I make my living being creative and have always assumed that my potential was inherited from my parents. But for allowing my creativity to flourish, I have to credit the soul-crushing boredom of my childhood.
boredom, creativity, ideas, time
Tuesday, 28 June, 2011
Everyone starts out copying… the third part of the Everything is a Remix video series by Kirby Ferguson examining the roles that influence, and the earlier work of other people, plays in creativity.
concepts, creativity, ideas, influences
Friday, 13 May, 2011
Happy, stable, relationships could be an impediment for musicians and song writers… many find the quality of their work declines without the angst that accompanies being lovelorn.
Is turmoil a necessary ingredient for artistic success? Quite a few musicians I spoke to worry that peace in their personal lives robbed them of their creative spark. Most of them listed artists they admire whose work suffered when they married. Muzzey expressly wonders whether a happy, stable relationship might jeopardise his financial success. The male songwriters and composers spoke of the creative influence of tension and conflict, and one even mentioned rage
creativity, inspiration, love songs, Muse, music