A little backstory: I recently led a workshop for adults on creativity. The primary message of that workshop was identical to what I tell my students: if you want to be more creative, you need to practice using your mind in non-routine ways. If you want to come up with new ideas, you need to abandon all your existing ideas and seek new ones. You need to play, basically, and give your brain an opportunity to make connections it’s unlikely to make during the routine work of the day. This post will give you some ideas on how to do that (if you need them).
Reading Victor Papanek’s “Design for the Real World,” a book I wish I had read years ago (but also— right book at the right time, you know?) It’s apparently well known, but I hadn’t heard of it until a month ago. It’s a smart and surprisingly hilarious argument for better and more thoughtful design. These are some notes I took on what Papanek calls “the function complex,” which is the dynamic system of “aspects” that can be used to describe a design’s function.
Charlie Huette is a public school teacher who also keeps a notebook. He dreams about making school just a little less terrible. Many of the posts you find here are based on notebook entries. You can learn more about Charlie by visiting the about page.