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Merlin Mann's slide deck for a Macworld PULSE presentation on 2009-01-09.

Merlin Mann's slide deck for a Macworld PULSE presentation on 2009-01-09.

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Towards Patterns for Creativity Towards Patterns for Creativity Presentation Transcript

  • Towards Patterns For Creativity. by Merlin Mann, Pretender.
  • Quick show of hands?
  • Fraud! (Just talking here)
  • Patterns whuh?
  • “Each pattern describes a problem which occurs over and over again in our environment, and then describes the core of the solution to that problem in such a way that you could use this solution a million times over without doing it the same way twice.” Christopher Alexander
  • Recurring solutions to recurring problems.
  • Things that tend to work.
  • Name Conflict Resolution Use When Examples May Contain
  • e.g. Parenting Pattern
  • Pattern Name: “You Pick”
  • Conflict: Parents have to make kids do things; kids hate being bossed. And are insane.
  • Resolution: Let her choose an option for getting a task done; not WHETHER the task will be done.
  • Use When: You want to help a child do something without causing drama.
  • Example: “Should we wear our red jammies or our teddy bear jammies?”
  • May Contain: “Bedtime Ritual,” “Reading Together,” “Negotiate a Win”
  • Name Conflict Resolution Use When Examples May Contain
  • Was I close?
  • Yeah, but.
  • The Myth: Creativity is a gift! From a muse! Or, whatever!
  • A Summer of Creative Obsession.
  • Twyla’s Box.
  • Patterns? Get One Box Tolerate Ambiguity Start Scratching Make Time Away
  • Okay. But, why?
  • Berets are not work clothes.
  • Creative work is still work.
  • Want it. Work. Get better.
  • Oh, right. Macs.
  • So.
  • Terrible idea?
  • Next? More reading Smart people Who’d use it? Wiki?
  • Towards Patterns For Creativity. by Merlin Mann, Pretender.