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The Storm of Creativity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) Hardcover – November 6, 2015
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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)
About the Author
Kyna Leski is Professor in the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and a Founding Principal of 3six0 Architecture.
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Some readers who consider themselves experts in their chosen terrain, working and teaching in creative fields, will no doubt be provoked by this book. To give one example: by my understanding Leski advocates diagrammatic thinking at a late point in the creative process. Those who are committed to diagrams as initiating seeds for thought will disagree with this--and so will others who see no beneficial place in the creative process for diagrams. I think that this book will become a fundamental reference for discussions and debates on creativity.
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Leski's magnum opus takes the overused, abused and misunderstood concept of creativity and turns into its most profound sense of the word.Read more