Curating vs creating

Many times when we do creative work it requires some research or curating to get elements of the projects. Here are some examples:

- a google image search of similar design ideas for a graphic art project

 research on how to properly pronounce a British accent for an upcoming stage play

listening to music from a certain time period to get ideas for a video set in the same era

For me, the process of curating works best when I just focus only on that and not creating. If I get creative ideas while I’m curating, I’ll write them down somewhere but keep focused on the process of gathering information. Once I feel there is enough to go on, I’ll start creating with a much broader understanding and appreciation for the project at hand, knowing that I’ve done the necessary research.

This doesn’t mean you should never do any more research. It’s just a way to give yourself full permission to create with minimal distractions once you’re done curating.

PIC-OF-THE-WEEK

The town I live in, Columbiana, Ohio, has a terrific light display at Firestone Park every year. This is the gazebo where many concerts and other productions are staged in the summertime.

RAW

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COOOKED

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