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Creativity means taking out the garbage
By October 9, 2010 Read More →

Creativity means taking out the garbage

One of the most misunderstood elements of creativity is the importance of editing. Sure, creativity is about generating ideas. But at the end of the day it’s just as much about culling though those ideas and separating what’s good from what’s not. (Composer Chris McHale discussed eloquently in a brief video posted here earlier this year.) In […]

Why Creativity Matters

Why Creativity Matters

Lately there’s been a lot of discussion around the importance of creativity to business success. “For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining,” reports Newsweek in “The Creativity Crisis,” published in July. The article further cites a recent IBM poll of 1500 CEOs who identified creativity as the No.1 “leadership competency” of the […]

The Limits of Creativity
By July 14, 2010 Read More →

The Limits of Creativity

Creativity is often thought as a process of opening up, of abandoning limits and doing away with rules. At a certain stage of the creative process, this is true. Nonetheless, creativity is also about establishing rules and limits.  This is best demonstrated in the work of photographers, who block out the vast majority what’s before […]

The Creativity Crisis
By July 10, 2010 Read More →

The Creativity Crisis

For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it. Reprinted from Newsweek.com Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed […]

Is the Web killing Creativity?
By July 7, 2010 Read More →

Is the Web killing Creativity?

In his provocative new book, The Shallows, Nicholas Carr argues that the internet is changing the way we think. Citing numerous scientific studies, Carr asserts that spending extended periods of time on the internet, with its perpetual interruptions and distractions, decreases our ability to concentrate, lessens our reading comprehension and makes it harder for us to […]

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Simplicity and Success
By July 7, 2010 Read More →

Simplicity and Success

When a creative product is really successful, be it a painting, a musical composition or a new communications technology, it always appears to be so simple as to be inevitable, as to be obvious. Simplicity is the key to creative success. Then why don’t we see it more often? For one, it requires a tremendous […]

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