Posts tagged "creativity"
I believe that when you step into uncharted territory, you are also stepping into total abandonment, potential humiliation, and a space where nothing is guaranteed; there’s no case study or roadmap. I have so much respect for anybody who will step away from what they can do in order to find what they must do. That’s a hallmark characteristic of entrepreneurs and artists. And it’s scary and exciting as all hell.

Words mold brains, and if you don’t believe it, you should look at what sort of language we use about the internet and the products (digital and not) that connect to it and are part of it.

Revolutionary, disruptive, magical, wizards, and on and on—contemporary digital culture has co-opted the language of revolution and magic without the muscle, ethics, conviction, or imagination of either. And it’s not that those things aren’t possible, we just aren’t living up to their meaning and instead saturating ourselves with hyperbole. These are words you have to earn, and slinging them around strips the words of their powerful meaning. Can you take a real revolution seriously if you are bombarded with messaging that your phone is revolutionary?

Constraints and limitations can sometimes be a driving force for innovation and creative inspiration. When your brain can’t do what it wants, it has this amazing capacity to figure out something else, often something better. We should always embrace limitations and figure out ways for them to become strengths.
Ron Gilbert, PAX Australia 2013


A hand-lettered list of advice on breaking through your creative block from artist and writer Debbie Millman.

(via explore-blog)