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    Once we’ve thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost; but it’s only here that the new and the good begins.

    Leo Tolstoy, quoted in F. S. Michael’s excellent Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything. (via explore-blog)

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    Why Deviation Matters

    A few years ago Bob Flynn created this entertaining exercise: see if you can guess who these comic characters are based solely on their silhouettes. As a cartoonist, he saw it as an important demonstration of form.

    I see it as an important demonstration of Deviation. These characters are outliers. They are originals. Most characters are not this iconic, or memorable. Most comic and cartoon characters (and there are thousands of them) cannot be recognized in full colour, never mind as a silhouette.

    What sets these characters apart is the fact that they have character. Pink Panther looks cool, Daffy looks cocky. Spongebob looks kooky. Taz looks crazy. They are infused with personality. They are not trying to be the same as everyone else. They have distinct and exaggerated personalities and the shape to match.

    The next time you are worried about being original, about creating distinctive art, think about your own personality. Amplify it. Exaggerate it. Become a caricature. What would a cartoon version of you create? This forces you to distill your personality into an essence, and it is this essence, however distorted, that makes you an original.

    So stop trying to fit in and start trying harder to stand out. These characters couldn’t change themselves if they tried. And if you did change them, they wouldn’t be special anymore. The same goes for you.

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    The Creative Method and Systems v2

    This update to my original Creative Method is more geared toward strengthening your creative weaknesses. I presented this at the inaugural NXNEi conference in Toronto on June 15, 2010.

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    Chaos and Creativity

    This is my FITC Amsterdam presentation. It is about continued thoughts on creativity and how they relate to 3 different classes of chaos: Universal, External, and Personal. Universal chaos is about finding the energy to create Something out of Nothing. External Chaos examines how life events shape us and connect us. Personal Chaos is about getting past our own doubts and fears and embracing what makes us different. This addendum to The Creative Method and Systems is meant to inspire creative-minded people to pursue what they love, with a little quantum physics thrown in for good measure. Oh, and the 4 little ponies of the apocalypse.

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