The Creative Process Issue

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/Summer 2015 : The Creative Process Issue

What also intrigued us about process was what it suggested of transparency. Inherently, process means explanation, deciphering the elusive magic of success, no matter how impossible or abstract the problem. The errors of a trial by process are inevitably illustrated; the grocery list of resources provided. As the greatest innovations of our time come from increasingly unexpected places, we’ve come to accept – even embrace – vulnerability and frankness from this generation of pioneers. Put in the word “failure” in the title of your speaking engagement and watch your attendees explode in numbers. What does this mean in the context of competition? What can we glean from these aired shortcomings and frustrations?

We may be fascinated with process for a number of reasons, but the greatest one is in how it humanizes success. It is the gravity that turns our most farfetched ideas into entrepreneurial triumphs.

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Workday Infinite: Talking to Ash Thorp, Director and Designer

Designer, creative director, illustrator, filmmaker: Ash Thorp is a storytelling polymath. In addition to contributing to Hollywood’s most ambitious sci-fi films in recent years, he’s also known for his “year of complete potential,” enduring a daily seven-hour commute from San Diego to Los Angeles studio Prologue to learn from the industry’s best. Between juggling several…

Ideas Are Worthless: It’s Where You Take Them That Counts

Innovation through entrepreneurship is a journey, one that usually starts with a big idea, inspired by insights, experience, and imagination. There is already a lot written around the discovery of the idea at the front end: Finding unfulfilled human needs, framing opportunities with a lens focused on the future, and so on. It’s all very…

Smashing the Crystal Ball: Foresight Isn’t About Predicting the Future

Foresight practitioner Richard Slaughter defines his craft as “the ability to create and maintain a high-quality, coherent, and functional forward view, and to use the insights arising in useful organizational ways.” As an overview, Slaughter’s rendering is fairly comprehensive, but it only hints at some of the critical features of the foresight process – albeit for necessity. For one, the “forward view” that…

The Other Needle Experience: What can healthcare learn from a tattoo artist?

Ronan Gibney is the shop owner and tattoo artist of Imperial Tattoo, a custom tattoo shop located on the west side of Toronto established in 2008. Having tattooed people for 16 years, he is exceptionally skilled and talented in creating realistic black and gray tattoos. Together with his fellow artists, Ronan has a deep understanding…

Hacking the Body to Hack the System: What Can Healthcare learn from a Biohacker

Ryan O’Shea runs the business side of Grindhouse Wetware, a Pittsburgh collective of programmers, engineers, and enthusiasts working towards body augmentation using safe, affordable, and open-source technologies. Started in 2012 by a group of colleagues through the Biohack.me forums, Grindhouse has rapidly grown into a key figure in the biohacking movement and gained a great…

A Reason to Cross the Final Boundary of Skin: What Can Healthcare Learn From a Cyborg Professor?

Dr. Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at The University of Reading, England, is a researcher and experimenter working at the limits of our tolerance for adapting our bodies and breeching the boundary of the skin. Initially trained as an engineer, Dr. Warwick has conducted research at the cutting edge of the integration of technology into…

The Process Stigma

About 10 years ago, the service industry began embracing process methodologies such as Lean Management and Six Sigma. Since then, these methodologies have been used for many years to bring companies to a state of operational excellence and to produce award winning products. A few process leaders were able to step out of operations, bringing with them the core principles and best practices of Lean…

The Journey To Manifestation: How Successful Apps and Digital Platforms Develop, Grow, and Thrive

The digital boom has irrevocably changed our lives as consumers. But behind the many successful apps and digital platforms that promise to make life more convenient, more interesting, and more connected are many more that fail despite being fueled with a brilliant idea or concept. We are in an age where a good idea does…

Death to Process

We break process not to simply find holes in it and patch or improve them, but to rethink it entirely to constantly and consistently find entirely newer and better ways of doing things. Process is designed to let us be stupid. Though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Process has a positive side. It affords us consistency, reliability, simplicity, repeatability, and repeatability. It allows…

Is Process the Enemy of Creativity?

There are many aspects of theories and processes that intertwine with creativity. These include: 1/ Method (design thinking) 2/ Magic (individual discovery) 3/ Memory (innate structure) 4/ System (mapping) 5/ Inspiration (environment) Each of these theories emphasizes a subconscious mind, improvisation, and the role that chance plays in the results. But it’s always safer to…

Mistaking Process For Purpose and Tinkering for Thinking Pt. 2

Read Part 1 of Mistaking Process for Purpose and Tinkering for Thinking Innovation necessitates departures from the so called tried and true. You can’t make new seeds from old hay. You need to dig in places where no one else has bothered to, ask questions no one else is asking, and pursue paths that may…

Mistaking Process For Purpose and Tinkering for Thinking Pt. 1

Process and method are both necessary aids and major obstacles to innovation. Process is clearly necessary for organizing thought and action, planning rigorous research, and aligning groups of people towards a common goal. However, people have a tendency to elevate process so that it becomes the end in itself and not a means to the…

Between Design and Execution

While companies have always understood the necessity of knowing their customer, today’s millennials are often more educated about your products and services due to the wealth of information readily available online. This savvy consumer is looking through product reviews, and reading through Reddit blog posts about other customers’ experiences before even engaging with any frontline…

On Gray Goo, And How to Avoid it

Science fiction is something that could happen - but you usually wouldn't want it to - Arthur C. Clarke In a lecture delivered in 1948, mathematician John Von Neumann first described the potential for machines to build perfect copies of themselves using material sourced from the world around them. Almost immediately, people began to worry…

Whether Business or Personal

What can business processes borrow from personal psychology? Life is an ongoing series of processes – the process of birthing, the process of growing, and of course, of dying. Psychology refers to a process as the entanglement of physical, emotional, mental, and often spiritual questions and experiences. In this definition, process is more than just…

Maintaining the Creative Process: Lessons From Edison

On September 15, 1878, Thomas Edison, the great American inventor, famously declared to a group of New York reporters at his Menlo Park laboratory in New Jersey that – in just six week’s time – the gaslight would be obsolete. He had invented commercially viable electric light that was going to change the world, stating,…

Enter On Cue

The Business Of Theatrical Process The thought of the theater evokes certain images: cutthroat actors sabotaging
one another over Shakespearean one-liners, belting and jazz hands, quirky people pretending to be trees. And for the most part, they’re not entirely wrong. I’ve pretended to be a tree in my undergraduate theater degree. I’ve done jazz hands –…

Watson vs. Jan de la Fontaine – Checkmate on Creative Problem Solving

Creative process is the means to crystallize imagination into tangible outcomes. It’s a method, not a result. When asked to write about creative process, we wanted a real life experience: our discussions have been continuously nurturing our inspiration. Creative process cannot be a monologue. We wished to design both a truly challenging and aspirational journey.…

Using Conflict to Push Ideas Forward

When it comes to conflict, most choose to avoid situations that cause feelings of anger, fear, despair and confusion. However, VP of Design and User Experience at Spotify, Rochelle King knows that embracing conflict can be beneficial to the creative process. At the 99U Conference, King provides points to consider when deciding if conflict will move…

Adjacent Possibilities: Intersecting Art and Entrepreneurship

You lose people as soon as you say the words ‘megawatt-hour’ or tonne of CO2. Climate disruption is a unique challenge that calls on society to invoke unprecedented imagination and ingenuity to address. Yet, with our current paradigms and approaches, we are failing to address climate disruption and other large scale complex issues. Adjacent Possibilities…