This is something that is done so ubiquitously that it might seem strange to even discuss or question it. When we really think about it, however, it is clear that this common office layout technique only exists for one reason: space efficiency. While, yes, commercial office yields have been going up (depending on what part … Continue reading A Major Office Design Frustration
This is a post I write for myself as much as any other reason. I once tried to keep a dream journal. Frequently I would wake up, vivid images of my dream from the night before resonating in my head. I won’t bother writing this down, I can remember it too clearly. Sure enough, moments … Continue reading Capture Your Ideas
It is probably no surprise to anyone that Knowledge and Creativity share an interesting relationship. You need some knowledge about any domain in order to be able to create – but can you have too much knowledge? Rod Judkins says in his book, The Art of Creative Thinking, to “be like a beginner.” He describes … Continue reading Are You Too Smart to be Creative?
Nature is well-known for coming up with novel and efficient solutions to various situations. While survival of the fittest doesn’t really apply to ideas and creativity, perhaps there is something we can learn about nature’s processes for providing species with the best tools for the job. There are at least four known processes in nature’s … Continue reading 4 Ways to Learn Innovation from Nature
We may make excuses about our abilities in order to prevent the effort required for self-growth. Sometimes we may place restrictions on ideas in order to help us compartmentalize all the information our brains need to handle. Based on my own experience and research, below are 10 myths about creativity that I have seen or experienced. Removing these … Continue reading 10 Common Myths About Creativity
My head was spinning. I was sitting on a bus with my face pressed against the glass window. It was the middle of the day. Outside people and cars passed by as they went about their daily business. I didn’t register any of it. My mind was elsewhere. I was going home from my final … Continue reading Why You Should Leave Things Until the Last Minute
It’s a popular topic and and a very old term, but seems difficult to define. So what is Creativity? I don’t want to re-hash too much old stuff, but, really, just keep it simple. My thought is that our instinctive feelings about what creativity is, are usually correct. There is a nice essay by Ray … Continue reading What is Creativity?
There was a recent article in the Australian Financial Review where the writer described an informal tour / interview with Tyler Brulé, editor-in-chief of the Monocle publication, of the Monocle offices. The writer described Brulé’s unrelenting attention to detail and almost tyrannical control over the visual landscape of the offices – going so far as … Continue reading Is Beautiful Space Always Creative Space?