Posts about Creativity

Journalism Says It’s a Service, But It Doesn’t Think Like One

Last fall I was part of a gathering for solutions journalists with journalists from around the country and world who focus on stories about problem-solving. The term “solutions journalism” sounds positive, but this form of journalism isn’t focused on feel-good stories or “fluff” pieces. Instead, these stories look for what people are doing about a problem, and evaluates whether these attempted solutions are working or not, for whom, and why.
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Drawing doesn’t present knowledge. It creates it.

Proud Tulips

Knowledge is created. And in the process of sketching things, we create it over, and over, and over. We often believe that knowledge exists, and it’s our job to find it, read it, and absorb it. And for most of us, and in most situations, that’s true – we’re not the ones creating the knowledge, we’re the ones learning from it. But in some contexts, we do create new knowledge by contextualizing data, combining data, and looking at data in new ways.
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How I Teach: Treat curriculum design like a design problem

When I was 24, I was looking for a career change. I found a job at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)—a large art school in Savannah—teaching industrial design and interaction design. I got the job in June, and would start teaching in September. I had three months to prepare to teach four classes, and I was panic-stricken. I had no idea what to do. Read more…

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