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The Storm of Creativity

(Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The stages of the creative process--from "unlearning" to beginning again--seen through examples from the practice of artists, architects, poets, and others. Although each instance of creativity is singular and specific, Kyna Leski tells us, the creative process is universal. Artists, architects, poets, inventors, scientists, and others all navigate the same stages of the p ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published November 6th 2015 by MIT Press
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"Still, as the Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) wrote in one of his many essays:

To be shipwrecked is not to drown. The poor human being feeling himself sinking into the abyss, moves his arm to keep afloat.

The peril those students feel as their preconceptions disappear is a good thing that helps them achieve an open mind. Ortega y Gasset continued,

Some discontinuity must therefore intervene, in order that man may renew his feeling of peril, the substance of his life. All his l
Ann Michael
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this book.

I'm a writer. Leski is an architect. Doesn't matter. Her description of the process feels just right, even the repetitious parts because--reiteration is part of the process.

See my blog for more.

c g  beck
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m fortunate enough to have been a student of Leski’s, so though I’m a little biased, I can decisively say that encountering her ways of thinking about the creative process shaped my own in an incredibly profound way.
Juan Fernández
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kyna Leski offers a wonderfully braided collection of insights on the creative process of artists and scientists across disciplines.

This is recommended for those that are interested in cross domain thinking and the feeling of intuitively navigating creativity in any domain (dance, physics, software design, comics, music, etc.). Leski subtly addresses the creative process has phases that have fuzzy boundaries and that connect to each other in a nonlinear combinatorial way.

The core metaphor is t
Apr 11, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uzun zamandır bu kadar kötü.bir kitap okumamıştım. Yaratıcılığın ne olduğunu bilmesek yani... Bir heyecan yaratır bir teknik öğretir dedim ama bomboş...
Jason Comely
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I myself experience creativity like a storm, and was interested to see how far she could take the metaphor. Not very far, but that's okay. I enjoyed reading this book with it's jolts of inspiration here and there. ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A terrific book for anyone interested in creativity--the prose is spectacular, and the insights tremendous. I've gifted this book to so many people. ...more
Jan Kroken
Like a lot of books of this length, it's essentially a long blog post. The analogy of a storm for creativity felt a bit sticked on. Much of the book consisted of reducing famous inventions into focused narratives of synchronicity. It contained some, but not very many, insights that felt useful or meaningful to me. For most of the book, I am unsure what I got out of it, but it being different than expected was in itself a big plus. I am not sure I would recommend reading it, but I won't advice ag ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting read on creativity from a design thinking perspective. Leski includes 10 chapters, each involving a particular aspect of the creative process, and she uses a metaphor of a meteorological storm for the creative process throughout the book. Overall, there are some really interesting things in this text for those studying creativity.
Craig Dove
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting book, not quite what I was expecting when I picked it up (I was preparing for a workshop on spirituality and the visual arts, with an emphasis on doing) - but I'm glad to have read it. Lots of examples from a lot of different sources, including some that I'd heard before but wouldn't have thought to include (but were clearly relevant). ...more
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Kyna Leski has invested her life in navigating the creative process. She has done this through her teaching as a Professor of Architecture at The Rhode Island School of Design, through her design work as a founding principal of 3six0 Architecture and her practices as an artist, aspiring/practicing actor and writer.

She has spoken about the creative process throughout the U.S. and abroad and gave a

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