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The Storm of Creativity by Kyna Leski
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Aug 11, 2020 | ISBN 9780262539494

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“A definitive guide to swimming through creative chaos, The Storm of Creativity shows us how to flow effortlessly through the process of birthing new, original ideas into the world.” – Joe Gebbia, Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Airbnb

“We spiral through our lives trying to do our work, and Kyna Leski understands the elusive complexity of it all. I love the air and light in the book. Thank God she has written a how-not-to book that helps us understand how to do it. And not do it.” – Maira Kalman, author of The Principles of Uncertainty

“This is a book about the thoughtful journey of creativity. Life is about going from not knowing to knowing. This blank, this zero from which I start every project is understood by Kyna Leski. Going from not knowing to knowing is my time of peace, and it is the time of creativity. This theme, threaded throughout the book, is a source of confidence and terror all at once. It is how we give up comfort and preconception to discover the essence of design. You will enjoy reading Kyna Leski’s illuminating account of the creative process.” – Richard Saul Wurman

“I have always believed that a true creative process begins with a state of ambiguity because true creativity happens when it deviates, and your judgment can rely only on your level of impulse. In The Storm of Creativity, Kyna Leski vividly describes with precision and in a few words how such initial ambiguous emotion and imagination can become, from beginning to finish, a form of clarity.” – Wang Shu, Dean, School of Architecture, China Academy of Art; 2012 Pritzker Prize winner

“There is perhaps no intellectual who is as in tune with the vulnerability of the creative process and the uncertainty from which innovation emerges as Kyna Leski. On the one hand, her focus on ‘unlearning’ takes us back to our most elemental moments of learning as a child, but also, on the other hand, to our most corrupted ideological predispositions. In her thinking, she develops critical mechanisms that braid the arts, sciences, and humanities to bring the various disciplines into conversation as part of the process of discovering. In this book, Leski brings the best of Cooper culture, as a school of thought, to a broader audience.” – Nader Tehrani, Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union

Table Of Contents

CHAPTER 1. Creativity as Storm
Noumena and phenomena in creativity
CHAPTER 2. Unlearning
Abolishing the preconceptions of brainstorming
CHAPTER 3. Problem Making
Defining a problem
Framing a problem
Crafting problems
Successful problem making
CHAPTER 4. Gathering and Tracking
CHAPTER 5. Propelling
Propelled to perception and conception
CHAPTER 6. Perceiving and Conceiving
“Come to your senses”
An example from medicine
The other way around
The roots of discovery and invention
Investing in what doesn’t yet exist
CHAPTER 7. Seeing Ahead
Insight plans
A lesson from Paul Klee
Reiterative cycles
More on imagining and imagination
CHAPTER 8. Connecting
CHAPTER 9. Pausing
CHAPTER 10. Continuing
Beginning again, or re-beginning
The beginner’s mind and non-attachment
Giving up completely
Part of a continuum

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