Creativity and Constraints

by dhruvir

Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art, a novel, a joke, etc.) that has some kind of value. What counts as “new” may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which the novelty occurs. What counts as “valuable” is similarly defined in a variety of ways.

– Wikipedia

The definition of creativity is itself wide open for debate and here  we were debating effects of ‘constraints’ on enhancing creativity. Though it was cited that constraints contributes towards developing creativity in children by causing them to make something definitive, critics may argue that creativity results bests from letting the imagination flow free. I feel that though creativity results bests from letting your imagination flow free, there should always be some form of rules that guides you create something. It lets you keep track of direction in which you want to go.

Constraints indeed, though not always, tends to bring out creativity in humans. Constraints, clubbed with desire to accomplish a task, results in some of the most beautiful and creative end-products. In our own example, previous week we were given a task to develop a structure with only newspapers. The desire to win, led many teams to get their thinking cap working and the result was quite a few marvelous structures. Though whether a structure was creative or not depends on personal perspective, each one was indeed unique in its own way. Even in real world, desire to make products compact and mobile, led engineers to come-up with laptops and tablets. Is this creative? Again, matter of personal opinion but we cant argue the fact that these products were result of some form of constraints on requirements.


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