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Steak like an artist. Steal inspiration everywhere. You experience something everyday and it does somehow stay in your subconscious, whether it be random conversations, dreams and little snippets of life. It is best to try and absorb absolutely everything because the more you collect, the stronger you’ll be. Some aids to help you do this is be by carrying a notebook around to jot down notes or drawings, or to take photos of anything you find interesting. It can be said that you are what you keep around you, or what you read, what you see, who you meet and even what you eat.
Kirby Ferguson states that creativity happens by “applying ordinary tools of thought to existing materials”. He says that we learn by copying and “we can’t introduce anything until we’re fluent in the language of our domain, and we do that through emualtion.”
Nobody starts out original because it is after we’ve grounded ourselves in the fundamentals through copying a foundation of knowledge and understanding. It is then possible to create something new through transformation. Eventually through time-consuming meddling, taking an idea and creating variations, it can then produce a breakthrough.
Watch the following video of a 4 part documentary on examples of different major advances not through original ideas but tipping points in a continuous line of invention by many different people.
Results happen most dramatically when ideas are combined. Some of history’s biggest breakthroughs and creative leaps are produced by connecting ideas together
These are the basic elements of creativity:
Multiple discovery is when the same innovation emerges from different places. Others are usually on the same path whenever there’s a major breakthrough. Science and invention is riddled with it, but it can also happen in the arts. Though sometimes innovations just seem inevitable.
Check out this awesome article by Daniels Mekks, A Clever Theft – Steal Inspiration Everywhere for additional inspiration materials.
Watch the rest of Kirby Ferguson’s documentary, Everything is a Remix.