“Creativity & Creating a Personal Micro Culture” – A session for students.
So, how can we make ourselves more creative?
Can technology help? Or does the universal absorption of technology into an existing sphere such as creativity create myths for the student about its efficacy and their over-dependance/expectations of it.
When asked about the effect computers have had on design Milton Glaser said:
The computer and the devaluation of drawing skills have undoubtedly changed things. We are living in a “collage” world. The extraordinary availablity of historical and contemporary imagery means designers can find and assemble anything on screen.
You can take images from any moment in history, assemble them electronically, distort them, shift them, stretch them, colour them, and make them your own to some degree.
But you’re not starting with material that you have invented.
Certain skills have become irreparably lost. People have lost the motivation to draw because drawing seems unrelated to their vocational life. Drawing is the path to observation and attentiveness, Technology makes old standards irrelevant and creates its own aesthetic.
he elsewhere goes on…
The computer is dangerous because it shapes your capacity to understand what’s possible. The computer is like an apparently submissive servant that turns out to be a subversive that ultimately gains control of your mind. The computer is such a powerful instrument that it defines, after a while, what is possible for you. And what is possible is within the computer’s capacity. And while it seems in the beginning like this incredibly gifted and talented servant actually has a very limited intelligence — the brain is so much vaster than the computer. But, the computer is very insistent about what it’s good at, and before you know it — it’s like being with somebody who has bad habits, you sort of fall into the bad habits — and it begins to dominate the way you think about what is possible. … [Counter this] by doing things that are uncomfortable for it to do.
So, aside from technology which is after all, just another tool or medium…
Are there any quick fixes?
Is it just a matter of talent? Do some people have a natural ability?
What can we do then? To enhance our creative uptake, how do we augment our ongoing environmental influences?
Creativity as an act is less a single moment of insight (though these do happen), but instead a process built inside a set of lifestyle/”purposeful & non-passive” choices, that lead to repeated/repeatable appropriate solutions and “sought insight”.
Can you teach it? I believe, Yes.
Though there is one thing I cannot teach…
What can we do…?
How do we enhance our (as William Gibson calls is) Personal Micro-Culture.
Knowing a bit about other people – you are after all creating work for them too in the long run (i.e. they are your audience as well as your inspiration).
How’s your reading? – A student Survey
Flow & Creativity – repeated practice and Fluency.
Enemies of creativity:
Fear of Failure – Milton Glazer (embracing fear, doubt as a positive force in the creative process, Luther’s anfechtung).
Not doing stuff until I’m good enough… – Ira Glass
Other people who have opinions on how to be more creative: