Two incidents this week drove home a point for me.
1. when i first brought home my work laptop and tried to install my home printer, It didn’t work. I tried again and again. I uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers. I tried different drivers. Nothing worked and it was driving me nuts. Finally i stopped pushing the issue as it was, in reality, just a technical exercise. With Dropbox, Windows Live Sync, Evernote etc, my files are wherever i need them and ready to be printed from any computer. I didn’t actually need to be able to print from one particular laptop. I wrote it off as a clash between my office printer driver (which was actually a whole ‘printing solutions’ package, and the home printer driver. It still drove me a little nuts that i hadn’t solved the problem though.
Every month or so, when i have 30 seconds spare, i quickly plug the printer into my laptop to see if anything has changed. Today it did. The drivers autoinstalled and it printed without any problem. I guess some Vista update along the way has solved the problem.
2. A friend of mine met with an executive from an big tv production house about a job. The discussion came around to how much experience the company was looking for in new hires. “Ideally, lots of experience, but not from within the tv industry”. The exec explained, “people who have been in tv for a while tend to develop very fixed ideas about what will and won’t work on Indian tv. They stop thinking outside the box”.
The point of all this is to keep questioning everything, always.
I read a quote from a designer this week (honestly can’t remember who…) “most people look at flaking paint on a wall and think, i should repaint this, maybe i can change the colour. Thats not creativity. Creativity is asking, why is this wall even here? Can i get rid of it? can i replace it with something else?”