Wed 14 Mar 2012
Today’s mid-week distraction is a celebration of the connected web, human connections, and connecting-the-dots – and the brilliant creative complexity that these connections weave.
“Chance favours the connected mind.” – Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation describes how when we put our noggins together and let things marinate, we’re far more likely to come up with works of genius via what he refers to as a “slow hunch” (rather than the lauded and mythologised “eureka moment”).
His 2010 TED talk & RSA Animate video (below) are great introductions to his inspiring and illuminating ideas on the origins of innovation and creativity.
Steal Like an Artist.
Artist/blogger Austin Kleon’s post “How to Steal Like An Artist” went nothing short of viral last year. Naturally, he’s turned it into a book, *Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. *
Curation as Creation.
With the rise and rise of blogs filled with curated findings, micro and tumblogs, (not to mention pinning, bookmarking and aggregation app-sites) these leaders in the field have developed a timely code of attribution and honour that speaks directly to the lines of genius we follow when we quote, or are inspired by something extraordinary.
Elegant in form (a creative work in itself), The Curator’s Code solves clunky issues of attribution with a single keystroke. It offers simple economy of aesthetic while rigorously presenting the portal to what can be the brilliantly bottomless “rabbit hole” of the internet.