Creativity unlocked by limitation

by Joe Lafferty on August 30, 2009

“When forced to work within a strict framework the imagination is taxed to its utmost ‘ and will produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom the work is likely to sprawl.”

Had many superb conversations on the learning journey in Dundee yesterday. One with Colin, Joyce & Paul on creativity & the creative process. Reminded me of this quote from T.S. Eliot above.

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Rick Curran September 2, 2009 at 9:21 am

That quote kind of sums up my inspiration for my company name ‘wideopenspace’ and in particular the logotype we use:

[ wideopenspace ]

The whole idea of the brackets around wideopenspace is to suggest freedom but within boundaries. You can apply this to creative freedom but also to freedom in general, the whole notion of freedom is inherently tied to boundaries.



Joe Lafferty September 3, 2009 at 6:39 am

Cheers Rick,
thanks for reflection – this is an interesting concept. Many assume that to be creative means to have no boundaries!

Timon June 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

Thank you.
I decided to take part in the 30 Day Creativity challange this month, thanks to your post on fb.
So far (day 8) i have found the framework of creating something in a day more fruitful; concentrating my mind.
Today i have to take a photo under the theme: Revenge (my brother suggested the theme!)

Joe Lafferty June 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Great stuff Timon!

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