“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works…To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
My inspiration to invent and redesign is fed through frustration. I spend a lot of time taking things apart and putting them back together, considering how they work and how they might work better. Observation is important. —
In this BBC interview, inventor James Dyson adds to other famous creative minds’ meditation on where inspiration comes from.
Also see Steven Johnson on where good ideas come from.
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Coconut pancakes with chocolate sauce (by Call me cupcake)
Benoit Paillé makes good use of selective focus in the photo above. The best part is it’s not hard to do.
Next time you’re out shooting, try throwing your subject out of focus with a shallow depth of field (like 3.5 and under).
Photo Idea: Throw Your Subject Out of Focus
photo via flickr
Fairy Godmother Inc. poster series