On Creativity

category: general [glöplog]
Asimov asks: how do people get new ideas?

Rediscovered, old essay on creativity by Asimov that seems quite relevant to the demoscene. Example quote: "Once you have the people you want, the next question is: Do you want to bring them together so that they may discuss the problem mutually, or should you inform each of the problem and allow them to work in isolation?"
added on the 2019-08-19 09:10:20 by noname noname
Work in isolation prevents epidemics. ;)
added on the 2019-08-19 12:59:12 by Dascon Dascon
to co-design or not to co-design, that's the question!
The answer is “both”
added on the 2019-08-19 13:27:19 by farfar farfar
Learn how the brain works so you can utilize it effectively.

Also, what farfar said.
added on the 2019-08-19 13:59:07 by Blueberry Blueberry
Krawallbrause. It works.
added on the 2019-08-19 14:13:00 by groepaz groepaz
It is know that high creativity requires big balls. And, in some special cases, also metaballs.
added on the 2019-08-19 15:41:36 by ham ham
Creativity is lot to be asked for. But watching recent Atari ST/STe demos is a good start for getting some inspiration.
added on the 2019-08-19 15:43:29 by bifat bifat
make sure the balls do not touch
creativity is like a fart - if you force it, there will be shit
added on the 2019-08-21 08:10:56 by nagz nagz
Nice essay! I think if you got a weird demo idea make sure to develop it enough for others to get your point (images or sounds can be presented). Then it is less likely to be cut down by the group.

Then bring in the rest of the team who will proceed to do random stuff because they aren’t getting paid for this shit. But somehow that part with sid hiphop music and a spitfire plane on top becomes most memorable.
added on the 2019-08-21 12:59:31 by rloaderro rloaderro
spitfire plane on top

That fucking plane....
That fucking plane....

Those fucking tinny synthetic dog barks ...
added on the 2019-08-21 14:01:36 by d0DgE d0DgE
Nagz, wise words.
added on the 2019-08-21 14:51:36 by Virgill Virgill
Two heads think better than one for sure, but sometimes you might prefer to work alone.

Also, I believe that knowledge is a great fuel for creativity. In demos coding, for example, it helps a lot to know well the hardware limits to be able to create nice things.

Last but not least, having lots of *free time* to spend on being creative. This is very hard to be creative when you have no time for it. =)
added on the 2019-08-21 15:10:31 by imerso imerso
Any tips on creativity here? I personally enjoy to wake up early (sometimes really early..) in the morning to code because my brain is "fresh" at that time and complex tasks appears easier to tackle.
added on the 2019-08-22 10:50:47 by norecess norecess
Nagz, wise words.

Virgill, bad memories? :)
added on the 2019-08-22 12:20:22 by pohar pohar