Oh man... when it comes to contributing to this thread I've certainly dropped the ball!
For this I really must apologise.
In the year (plus) that Kelly Sue started this thread I certainly have managed to keep busy.
Tis a shame that 'busy' and 'productive' aren't mutually inclusive terminologies.
The past several months have been a blur of university studies, some irritating health problems mixed with the woes (and some highs) of being a freelancer in a repressed economy.
This has been topped with the added shock that we're expecting our first child in early December.
As a result, my online presence has been severely curtailed. I do like the flow and general tone of these messageboards though and hope to spend a bit more time contributing.
As far as getting things done, I've developed quite an addiction to Evernote.
The auto-sync allows me to continually concentrate of "content creation" rather than "content management".
I'm still using the free account which, so far, has been more than sufficient.
The web clipper function is particularly useful when performing research that requires me to keep close track of references for citation.
I also Google Drive and DropBox to hold reference and research material, generally in PDF format.
A few things I've learned recently:
I originally come from an engineering design and technical drawing background. What endears me about Mihaly's writings is that he makes little distinction between creativity in the arts and creativity in the sciences.
- The iPad is a great tool, particularly for reading and research. Comixology is quite good too.
- Choose carefully when presented with an opportunity to collaborate or work with someone. My father taught me that if someone offers you a lift in their car, a the minimum offer them 5 or 10 dollars for gas money. Tragically, not everyone had the same father
- Show your work to people!
- An author by the name of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has recently caught my interest. His book, one of many, "Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention" is a revelation of insight into how one's perception of "being creative" is much more than simply coming up with "good ideas". I'm still only part way through the book; but I'm in true and absolute love with this quote from an early passage:
"Creativity results from the interaction of a system composed of three elements: a culture that contains symbolic rules, a person who brings novelty in the symbolic domain, and a field of experts who recognise and validate the innovation. All three are necessary for a creative idea, product, or discovery to take place"
I've been stuck somewhere in the middle and have struggled at coming to terms with this for many years. To me, the process of engineering design is as much about the division of labour, communication with colleagues and developed workflows as the process of creating a comic book. For example, the relation between a property developer (the client), an architect, the engineering services team and the building contractor isn't too disimilar to that of an editor, writer, artist, inker, letterer and remainder of the production team.
Hopefully I've dropped enough linguistic bombs to ignite further conversation about workflows and getting things done.
I'll be sure to check back regularly as it would be nice to get to know everyone around here a little more.
Thanks for listening and also for the kind words earlier in the thread. It's really appreciated.