Episode #89
The need to be creative

People have a raw, instinctual need to be creative.

Music and links from this episode

  1. Death Valley by Shadows On The Snow
  2. small window shows so many delight by masato abe
  3. Dream Seekers Perfection by Night Haze

Line-by-line notes

  1. INTRO
  2. The need to be creative
  3. Is much more than a job
  4. It’s much more than a lifestyle, or a hobby
  5. It’s something that can’t be formalised into words properly
  6. So I don’t even know why I’m trying
  7. The need to be creative
  8. Is what drives creative people
  9. And like food, or water
  10. It’s what creative people need to survive
  11. This is Ask a Designer Anything, and I’m Craig Burgess
  12. PLAY MID SONG
  13. What is creativity?
  14. It’s dictionary definition says its the use of imagination or original ideas to create something
  15. I’d say it’s simpler than that
  16. It’s the act of creating something
  17. When you sit down and draw something
  18. Or write something, whatever your creative pursuit is
  19. There’s something  meditative about that
  20. Something almost otherworldly
  21. You feel like you’re literally stepping into another world
  22. You’re not in your house any more
  23. You’re in the moment
  24. And right there, nothing else matters
  25. It’s just your mind spitting out its contents onto paper
  26. It’s an almost automatic process
  27. And really special
  28. Too often the need to be creative
  29. Is given negative connotations
  30. “Getting your crayons out”
  31. Getting creative, the act of making something out of your imagination
  32. Is seen is a lesser activity
  33. Something not as worthy as the other stuff
  34. Like the other stuff you learn at school
  35. Like maths, english and science
  36. When the real truth is
  37. Everything you learn in maths, english and science
  38. Was invented by creative people using their creativity
  39. It was created by pioneers, by people  exploring new possibilities that had never been previously considered
  40. The real truth that nobody believes
  41. Is creativity is the single most important ability for a human to possess
  42. It helps you solve problems
  43. It helps you to escape
  44. And most importantly
  45. It just helps you to feel good about yourself
  46. Creativity is being beaten to within an inch of its life in schools
  47. We’re not teaching young people to be creative
  48. We’re teaching young people to pass exams
  49. To learn to follow rules
  50. And to be obedient little robots
  51. We’re crushing young people’s instinctual need to be creative
  52. So that when they turn into adults they can see things like
  53. “I’m not creative”
  54. “I can’t do any of that fluffy art stuff”
  55. I don’t want to end on a sad note
  56. But I’m afraid I’ll have to
  57. The need to be creative is inside everybody when they’re born
  58. But our systems that we foster on people
  59. Are crushing that creative need down
  60. Into a tiny speck
  61. OUTRO 
  62. This was Ask a Designer Anything. I’m Craig Burgess.
  63. Music featured in this episode was Death Valley by Shadows On The Snow , small window shows so many delight by masato abe, and Dream Seekers Perfection by Night Haze
  64. For a line-by-line run down of this episode, go to askadesignernaything.com/ep89
  65. I’m back tomorrow for another episode of Ask a Designer Anything

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