Where to Find Creative Ideas: Inspiration, Innovation, Imitation

All you need is a little Inspiration, Innovation, and Imitation.

Einstein said, “the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

Albert Von Szent Gyorgy said, “discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what no body has thought.”

And then there’s the famous, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” by Charles Caleb Colton.

To quote Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, as many of our past posts on Drempt have been doing,

“..creativity is simply the sum total of your mental resources, the catalog of ideas you’ve accumulated over the years by being alive and alert and attentive to the outside world.”

This recycled post on remix culture features an article from Brain Pickings called Similarities. It’s about posters and pictures from the past that have been reused in advertisements and promotional art of today (pretty much the definition of remix culture).  It bears the question: is it inspiration, innovation, or imitation to create something new based on something from the past? Blatant rip-off or homage? It really is like déjà vu all over again when you read this and see the images! You really have to see to believe, so check out the link!Where Creative Ideas Come From: Drempt Post

So then the final question is, where do ideas come from? Are they drempt?

Funny you should ask, because I had seen this TED Talks video featuring an author who asked almost exactly that, and wrote a book about it: “Where Good Ideas Come From.”

Steven Johnson‘s presentation really summed up this research on remix culture and creativity I’ve been doing. Around the 6:47 mark he explains how innovation happens and it is a must watch.

I’ve learned so much about these creative concepts as featured in these throwback Drempt posts, from my introduction to remix culture through “Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age“,  to “Everything is a Remix“,  to “RiP: A Remix Manifesto“, to “Versions“, and now “Similarities” and “Where Good Ideas Come From“!

Which post did you like the best? Check them out to get caught up on the principles behind remix culture.

Now back to work, more inspired than ever!




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