Creativity is How Well You Recycle it!

Bill Buxton reflects:

As a person who tries to be creative and have new ideas, it’s interesting to be reminded of how few ideas I actually have. Could it be that the two main skills and acts of creativity are (a) forget what you said before, and (b) have sufficient creativity to say that same thing repeatedly and dress it up in a sufficiently different way that even I think it’s a different idea?

As someone who has written a ton of stuff on design and creativity, and deals daily with intellectual currency, I have to say that I agree with Bill’s introspective. The challenge is how do you break out of this looping cycle, or risk becoming like the many people/blogs/websites that I have stopped listening or subscribing to.
After you recycle creativity, you should reinvent it.
Via: Mix Online

5 Comments
  • Rene Lee

    May 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm Reply

    I suppose continually evolving your idea is a way of recycling, although less obvious.

  • Rene Lee

    May 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm Reply

    I suppose continually evolving your idea is a way of recycling, although less obvious.

  • Nathan Archibald

    May 21, 2010 at 12:14 am Reply

    Sometimes when I discuss creativity and ideas with my students we end up discussing postmodernism and postmodern society. In some sense everything that is new is essentially old but refaced or repackaged. When the kids disagree I put forth the suggestion that even movies are getting recycled more and more. What was once a classic tv show is now a movie. What was once a book is now a film. The recycling of the idea is everywhere but creativity is used to kind of re-frame the idea a bit in a way which is essentially post-modern.

  • Steve

    May 28, 2010 at 10:22 am Reply

    I suppose continually evolving your idea is a way of recycling, although less obvious.

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