A list of tools for your creative process
Much is said about design. Since the arrival of the internet and the high speed with which we can gather information, access to creativity has only increased. Before this technology, design was only accessible from an art academy, but now everyone can learn to design. The costs of entry completely shifted. And with that, the way we think about it.
Design thinking and creativity can now be applied in various disciplines and platforms (including graphic, product, clothing, interior, digital, architecture, and more…) which ensures the possibility for everyone to bring an idea to execution. This is a list of tools that helped me and might help you with that.
There are simply four ways to be involved with creativity. In essence, this is making your own work. Something that you think needs to exist. Other possibilities include supporting the work of others, share someone’s work or collecting other people’s work.
This one is about time distribution. Keeping track of time spent on creating versus consuming, will bring more value to your own vision.
This drawing shows the balance between realistic and abstract artwork. Depending on the meaning you want to give your artwork you shift between left and right.
For a great design you have to understand that you make this for people. You have to be thoughtful about those that are going to use it and craft your product accordingly. Your design needs a reason to exist in this world so people can emotionally interact with it in any sort of way.
Education is built on providing information so you could transform that in to knowledge, execute on that and make it part of your wisdom.
How I look at schools is that it can lead you to new views on certain disciplines and assist you in finding what you love to do the most, but for the last 10 years schools have not looked out enough and are becoming obnoxious and not necessary.
“The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write but those who cannot learn, un-learn and re-learn” — Alvin Toffler
The Zig-Zag route
There is not one straight way to go. But there is one way to go forward and that is by doing. By making a lot of mistakes you will every time know what you aren’t good at and what you don’t like. This results in being one step closer to finding out what you’re good at. It works.
The makers schedule
If you’re someone on the managers schedule it might be hard to understand, but for people on the makers schedule they need to clear out as much time as possible to create. Makers need to create a lot to get to great work and an appointment or meeting can blow a whole day. As Paul Graham says in this article: “Meetings costs them more” http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html
This is about balance between keeping yourself challenged and get yourself educated. Adjust parameters of challenge or skills to enter a new mindset.