Go Awesome Be Creative

24 April 2009

I had read this article around year or so back, sometimes it is rare that things you read long back is still on your mind, so I guess what is written is impactful and I will like to share it with you. I think, some of you might have also read this but, if some of you still don't know, it is a cool piece written over at gapingvoid - on "How To Be Creative".

There are around 37 tips, on how to be creative, written in fun, clever and enthusiastic way! I so love this cartoons  as well!
Ignore everybody.

The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you.

You don't know if your idea is any good the moment it's created. Neither does anyone else.

Good ideas alter the Power Balance relationships, that is why good ideas are always initially resisted.

Good ideas come with a heavy burden. Which is why so few people have them. So few people can handle it.
This is really a awesome, nice, fabulous thought. You should always listen to your inner instincts, besides creativity is all about expressing oneself. But, of course, ignore everybody should not be misinterpreted, you still should be nice, polite, courteous and good to people. ;)

Some of other great tips that I like are:

If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being "discovered" by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.

Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.

Don't try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. (I love this!)

Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside. (Never.)

Worrying about "Commercial vs. Artistic" is a complete waste of time.

Power is never given. Power is taken.  (Exactly!)

Don't worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually. (Check for More).

Whilst we are talking about creativity another nice article that I read recently was, Creativity on speed, it says,
One of the best ways to be truly creative--breakthrough creative--is to be forced to go fast. Really, really, really fast. From the brain's perspective, it makes sense that extreme speed can unlock creativity. When forced to come up with something under extreme time constraints, we're forced to rely on the more intuitive, subconscious parts of our brain. The time pressure can help suppress the logical/rational/critical parts of your brain. It helps you EQ up subconscious creativity (so-called "right brain") and EQ down conscious thought ("left brain").
It is not about the kind of time pressure we get from trying to get real work done under unreasonable deadlines, but about a specific technique for using speed as a creativity driver. You may like to read more about it.

I  also feel, I should improve on the speed, it is really a great exercise to work faster.

Another interesting perspective On Being Creative, written by Randy Thom:

1. Learn your craft thoroughly, reading everything you can about the traditions and conventions of the craft, as well as experiments on the modern cutting edge.

2. Begin each project with few assumptions about the methods you will use. Let the needs of the project, most of which you won't know until after you've gotten your feet wet, determine your approach.

3. Experiment as early and as often and as inexpensively as possible. Make lots of mistakes when mistakes are cheap.

So, what are your thoughts on creativity? or is there any interesting article that you have read, share with me!


pica-ae said...

oh, this one comes at the right moment
i am really helpless figuring out about blog designs...

dezign Musings said...

Oh are you still looking for blog design? ahhh i can understand, been there done that. Let me know if i can help!

Oridusartic said...

Wow, nice tips! It's very refreshing. Especially the "Don't try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether." part. =D

dezign Musings said...

Oh yes, I like that part as well! heheh

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