"Creative Process of Problem-Solving or Design is like taking an excursion or Journey!"
In my research for an article I am writing about teaching Exhibition Design I have been perusing the always-inspiring Brain Pickings blog, by Maria Popova. While there are numerous entries with fascinating books about creativity, I am completely enamored by this book: The Universal Traveler: A Soft-Systems Guide to Creativity, Problem-Solving, and the Process of Reaching Goals. Ms. Popova’s entire blog post is here, but to give you a taste, Ms. Popova writes:
The tome uses the analogy of travel, “an activity already known to all readers,” and the concept of The Travel Agency to explore various elements of and boosts for creative problem-solving — overcoming the blocks to creativity […] , avoiding “tourist traps” in the creative process, taking “side trips” that foster serendipity, mastering the art of idea selection, and learning to take criticism. Also included are a handful of hands-on, actionable tools and diagrams, including a beautifully designed “Traveler’s Map” and a procedure for “self-hypnosis.”
My favorite part of this ‘Traveler’s Map’ is the first action upon starting the journey: ACCEPT SITUATION. Indeed, this is the reality for all working designers. It is a funny recommendation, but also essential advice.
Stay tuned for my article, which delves further into this topic, in the next issue of Exhibitionist, the journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME.)