Two models of creativity
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is creativity?”
“To quote Steve Jobs,
Creativity is just connecting things.
I call this the Connections model of creativity.
Creativity is Connecting.
I must say, I love this model. I love it so much that I have the word ‘Connections’ tattooed on my right forearm.”
“I like to pair it with another model.
I call it the Patterns model of creativity.
Creativity is Patterning.
By Pattering I mean two things:
As concerns pattern-recognition, there’s a quote that’s been stuck on my mind for a very long time:
Genius is only a superior power of seeing. (John Ruskin)
In a flash of insight, I realized that Ruskin’s ‘superior power of seeing‘ is pattern-recognition. The creative genius looks at the same things everyone else looks and consistently sees something different. It’s like he lives in a different reality.”
“Maybe genius is often a polymath because different disciplines give you different ways of seeing reality.
Take Parkour for instance. Once you’ve been practicing for a while, you develop what practitioners call ‘Parkour Vision‘, and from that moment on, the environment is never the same.
By extension, many disciplines (if not all) develop their own kind of similar ‘Vision’. Viewed as a template [<link; medium read], I call it ‘X Vision‘:
– Design Vision
– Poetry Vision
– Photography Vision
– Humor Vision
– Systems Vision
As concern pattern-restructuring, it has two components:
Pattern-restructuring is essentially Lateral Thinking. Breaking internal patterns (eg habit-breaking) or external patterns (eg rules-breaking), and creating new patterns that have value.
The two models are complementary. We might call them synergistic models – a combo, to use Magic the Gathering terminology.”