Episode #101
Finding Creativity

Finding creativity can sometimes be hard, and sometimes be easy.

Music and links from this episode

  1. Ambiant Point Of No Return by Kimiko
  2. Pinçon by Comme Jospin
  3. Feet Gone Wild by Alpha Hydrae

Line-by-line notes

  1. INTRO
  2. Creativity can sometimes be like a rare jewel
  3. Everybody knows the power of it
  4. And how beautiful it is
  5. But it can be really difficult to find
  6. Other times, creativity is like a cheap £2 jewel
  7. It’s everywhere
  8. And anybody can find it
  9. And buy it for cheap
  10. This is AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  11. PLAY MID SONG
  12. Creativity is weird that way
  13. That it can sometimes be readily available
  14. And other times
  15. Absolutely impossible to find
  16. Creativity can’t be controlled
  17. It can’t be summoned on command like the other skills you already possess
  18. If somebody says
  19. What’s 2 plus 2
  20. You immediately work out the answer is 4
  21. But if somebody says to you
  22. I want you to create a piece of artwork
  23. About the number 4
  24. The answer either immediately popped into your head
  25. Or you wouldn’t even know where to begin
  26. Imagine selling your creativity professionally
  27. It can sometimes be a difficult skill to harness on command
  28. Some days I’ll turn up creatively
  29. And some days I know my creativity has gone for a walk
  30. But I still need to summon up the ideas
  31. The thing that usually separates a seasoned creative
  32. From a young inexperienced one
  33. Is the ability to use techniques to summon the mysterious power of creativity
  34. When it isn’t readily available
  35. It might sound easy
  36. The job of a designer
  37. Just sitting drawing stuff all day
  38. But the pressure is actually much greater than that
  39. Most people get to enjoy their creativity when the mood strikes
  40. But professional creatives, people like designers
  41. Have to learn to turn it on like a tap when it’s necessary
  42. So because of that the pressure is quite high to perform
  43. When you tell people you’re a designer
  44. Or a member of any other creative pursuit
  45. They expect you to be creative
  46. To be different to them in some way
  47. I guess in a way that might be true
  48. That we’re wired up different, and think slightly differently
  49. I think it’s possible that creatives might think slightly differently
  50. But I don’t buy the right brain, left brain paradigm
  51. I believe anybody can learn to become more systems focused
  52. Or anybody can learn to become more creative
  53. I think the environment that you put a human being in
  54. Largely dictates their level of creativity
  55. Children are by default creative
  56. And as creativity is often seen as a childish concept
  57. As we get older and older
  58. We get more of the child pushed out of us, and forced way
  59. Creative people are the people who fought back against that push
  60. And survived out of the other side to continue their childish pursuit of creativity
  61. Being creative is an act to be admired, not vilified or devalued
  62. Having said all that, I don’t want to put creativity on too high of a pedestal
  63. I do genuinely believe creativity is a skill that can be learned
  64. Sure, some people might be more naturally adept at being creative
  65. But anybody can be taught to be creative
  66. Just by being exposed to the act of being creative
  67. Maybe I’ll talk about that one day soon
  68. OUTRO
  69. This was Ask a Designer Anything. I’m Craig Burgess.
  70. Music featured in this episode was
    1. Ambiant Point Of No Return by Komiku
    2. Pinçon by Comme Jospin
    3. Feet Gone Wild by Alpha Hydrae
  71. For a line-by-line run down of this episode, go to askadesignernaything.com/ep101
  72. I’m back tomorrow for another episode of Ask a Designer Anything

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