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Friday, December 7, 2012

Defeating Rigid Habits to Spark Creativity | Ben Weinlick, The Creativity Post

Once it gets past the introductory comments, this article describes the main points of a presentation Weinlick and a colleague made at a conference on creativity. The event was for "hackers, creatives and designers," but the advice is useful for anyone trying to stimulate creativity.

Weinlick writes:
Shaun and I wanted to present something a bit different than what might be expected at an event like Wordcamp and so we gave a session called Fostering Creativity by Looking in Unlikely Places.
The synopsis of their presentation is a quotation by George Lois:
The Creative Act: The defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything. 
(Lois is an American art director, designer and author, perhaps best known for 92 covers he designed for Esquire magazine from 1962-72, according to Wikipedia.)

The formatting of Weinlick's article is distracting; it blends the bullet points of their presentation with quotations, videos and graphics. It's all useful, but if you want to scan it first, look for the orange dots.

Weinlick's article is one of a number of stimulating articles today, Dec. 7, in my daily online paper, Garbl's Creativity Connections--available at the Creativity tab above and by free email subscription.

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