Practice morphogenetic creative processes
A morphogenetic process follows a system of simple rules (like a genetic code), and evolves through patient application of those rules. Starting from a single, small but complete system, space is gradually differentiated while maintaining the wholeness of the overall system..
Christopher Alexander: Four conditions necessary for unfolding
- Practice step-by-step adaptation (Reduce batch size and increase frequency), .
- Feedback: continuous and relatively immediate feedback
- Unpredictability: allow the whole to go where it must go, openness to future, lack of predictability. It must be all right for the thing to become whatever it becomes, under the influence of adaptation and feedback, even though one does not know, in detail, what that thing is going to be.
- Awareness of the whole - Practice awareness of the whole
- When writing, start with and
- When designing, start with and .
- When coding, Reduce batch size and increase frequency of commits
- When painting, Sketch the whole first and move forward toward developing smaller centers at different scales.
The result is a living whole with distinctin which can be perceived.
"Each act of building, which differentiates a part of space, needs to be followed soon by further acts of building, which further differentiate the space to make it still more whole."
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These are my draft notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery
Creativity is a mystery
Creativity is multi-faceted, complex, and irreducible
Repair and refactoring processes are creative
Because Creativity is organic, creative projects often need updates, maintenance, or repair along their lifespan just as living organisms need periods of rest and repair
About Practicing Creativity
These are my notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery. Everything you find here is in a perpetual draft state and much of it may not make sense. I hope these notes become clearer over time as I continue writing and updating them, although I hope they might be useful even in disarray.
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