I’ve been enjoying making visual notes of this series on creativity on @freakonomicsradio. This chart is from episode 369, A Good Idea Is Not Enough. My favorite takeaway: David Galinson’s (sp?) two life cycles of creativity. Conceptualists have new ideas, and have their greatest ideas YOUNG (think Picasso, who made 400 preparatory drawings before doing his famous Nude Descending a Staircase, underneath which you would be able to find layer upon layer of preparatory sketches and paintings). Experimentalists, on the other hand, never reach their goal, build up to great ideas, and have their greatest ideas when they’re older (think Cezanne, who made hundreds of paintings of the same subject, each of which was totally spontaneous. 🖍
Where Conceptualists know exactly what they want to create, Experimentalists want to discover the creation in the process of creating it.
If you know me AT ALL, it doesn’t take much of a guess to figure out which type I am! 😅
We live in a culture that celebrates Conceptualists. Youth. Product. Aiming for said product and hitting the bullseye. All of these are highly valued. But some of us thrive when we get to nurture our spontaneity and hang out in process, not product. Not to mention the fact that youth is fleeting for all of us! 🖍
Thank you, David Galinson, for holding up these two ways of being as equally valid. .
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