Creativity from Constraints: The Psychology of Breakthrough

By Patricia D. Stokes | Go to book overview

Working With Constraints III:
Learning to Chart Your Own
Constraints

What can you learn about your own use of
constraints? This set of questions is designed to
help identify the constraints you've worked
with, and how they've changed as your work
developed. How many questions you can answer
will depend on how long you've been working in
your domain. If you can't answer them all, you
can always come back. If you have all the
answers, you should also come back periodically
to consider what constraints could help you to
continue developing
.


CAN YOU IDENTIFY YOUR [FIRST CHORUSES]?
A first chorus is what you improvise on, make variations of. It's what you work with. One of your first choruses is your domain (1, 2, 3, or 4-dimensional design), and your training in that domain.
What were the earliest task constraints (and the criteria for judging them) that you learned? If you're an artist, look at your beginner sketchbooks, your initial oil paintings or prints.
Which task constraints do you still use? (My palette is the one I used in my first oil painting class at Pratt.)

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