Screw the Lizard Brain: Destroying Creative Roadblocks

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  So the villain in this story and the antagonist to any creative professional is the Lizard Brain. The Lizard Brain represents your fears, your doubts, your excuses, your sloth, and your self-imposed limitations—anything that prevents you from shipping and … Continued

Platforms and Liquid Networks

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  According to Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come from, there are two key dynamics that drive innovation: platforms and liquid networks. Johnson suggests that the myth of the ingenious scientist working alone in his lab peering into a microscope that … Continued

Design Integration

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  According to Walter Isaacson, in his biography about Steve Jobs, “Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, … Continued

Social Innovation: How Play Enhances Creativity

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  According to Peter Sims, “Creating an atmosphere that allows for playfulness and improvisation is one of the most effective ways to inspire the experimentation that leads to the best ideas and insights.” In Little Bets, Sims illustrates how some compelling research … Continued

Rethinking Creativity

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  Sir Ken Robinson illustrates his own take on creativity and innovation in his book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. Originally written in 2001, the book has been completely revised to explore creativity with more depth, breadth, and relevance … Continued