BRING IN MORE CREATIVITY
When writing this text, I realized that we not only need to focus on creating more visual content, but more importantly: if we want to create visual content that is matched to fit the user’s needs and that also stands out and engages, we need to make sure we bring creativity into our work.
Coming from a background of directing film, playing music and writing novels, I know that without the creativity involved, you have nothing.
Logical thinking, coding skills, solid information architecture and other abilities based on structured thinking are very important ingredients when creating digital deliverables appreciated by customers and their end users. We need all these abilities to serve and feed the computers with the data they love. However, to truly engage and connect with the users, we also need the layers filled with visually appealing, alive, and eye-catching qualities that make the users feel something. For this, the logical brains need to work together with the artistic ones.
In the animation area, we compete with film production companies with highly skilled directors specialized in producing moving content for digital platforms. If we want to succeed in that competition, we should bring real artistic, creative skills into our projects too.
CREATIVE IDEAS NEED PROCESSING TIME
Back to the boardroom. Great ideas come when you least expect it (almost never in the boardroom). It might start with a discussion in the boardroom, but then, all of a sudden, when you are out walking, in the middle of something else, or right before you fall asleep, that perfect idea of how to solve an issue pops up! Out of nowhere. An unexpected moment of inspiration and enlightenment. That’s how creativity works. And creative ideas need processing time. This isn’t breaking news, obviously. But still, it’s worth keeping in mind in projects where innovation is a main key to success.
ALL IDEAS HAVE SOMETHING
Everyone in the team should be encouraged to express their ideas. Very often the most unexpected and innovative ideas come from people in the group who don’t usually get to speak, or who for some reason hesitate to speak. Never censor or dismiss ideas in the beginning of a project. I believe that all ideas have something, however crazy they first seem. Spit the ideas out and let the budgets and reality and deadlines filter out later what is not possible to realize. Encouraging the team to always express their ideas will pay off in the long run.
And, instead of locking yourself and your team into a boardroom, have a coffee with your colleague at a different place than you normally do, go for a walk, exercise, do something completely different to break the everyday pattern that often has an inhibitory effect on creative thinking.
Well, enough said about creativity. Now I’ll go for a fika and I’m pretty sure that will help me solve the tricky storyboarding problem that has been bugging me for a couple of days now.