Kate Bingaman Burt Creative Mornings PDX Sketchnotes - Doug Neill - rules systems, automated structures, obsessive consumption, experiment in public, blank page, creative constraints

Sketchnotes of Kate Bingaman Burt’s Talk at Creative Mornings PDX

I recently watched Kate Bingaman Burt’s talk at the first ever Creative Mornings event held in Portland, way back in 2011. Kate has an interesting approach to creativity, an approach that I tried to capture in these sketchnotes that I took (on my favorite new drawing table) while listening:

Kate Bingaman Burt Creative Mornings PDX Sketchnotes - Doug Neill - rules systems, automated structures, obsessive consumption, experiment in public, blank page, creative constraints

As someone relatively new to the world of creative work, I like the idea of developing a strict set of rules to govern the creative process. A blank page really is scary, and I see how the use of automated structures (there’s a new term that Kate taught me!) can remove a lot of the fear that arises in the process of doing anything creative.

The closest I’ve come to developing the type of rule system that Kate describes is setting up a schedule for myself – doing one drawing a day of something in my immediate surroundings or doing one new sketchnote a day or a week. But I never seem to be able to stick to those schedules for long. So I think that either I need to develop a system that has more rules in place, or simply get my act together and set a schedule and stick to it.

I think it’s great that Kate talks about experimenting in public. I feel like that’s what I do a lot of on this site, and something that I’ve been thinking about generalizing to any creative or educational endeavor. As I think Kate would agree, you never know where your experiments will take you, or what work or play opportunities might arise because of your public documentation of those experiments.

So get to experimenting, and let us know what you’re up to!

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