Creative Constraints

As Login ’09 approaches, most of my weekend time is going to be dedicated to getting my lecture on balance constraints together. This morning, I was gradually converting my many pages of notes into a lecture. At the same time, I discovered Warren Spector’s blog and started reading it beginning with the oldest posts.

I was working on a note about creativity flourishing within constraints, and how I want to be given a box so that I can find a way to break out. Coincidentally, this happened at the same time as I was reading Spector’s post on Clean Slate vs Reactive creativity, and I realized he had written a much more elegant and thorough take on the subject. The post is a year and a half old, but it’s definitely worth a read if you haven’t seen it before. I also recommend reading the two posts that lead up to that one.