April 15, 2021

Pictures and principles


Some of us are happy with concepts. We like models and ideas and what ifs, we love thinking about and working from first principles, digging footings, laying foundations and building from the ground up. We like the process as much as the output.

Some of us work better with reality. We like to get out hands dirty doing the actual work, we like playing with clay instead of concepts, we prefer the end game to the rule book.

In any creative pursuit where you need space bigger than a phone box, you need to find room for both kinds of happy. Start with principles, jump to reality, drag the two ends towards the process. Start with a question about the end game, double back to mine for principles, drag the two ends towards the process.

Skippy strategy: The most robust project – a big whiteboard, filled with pictures and principles.