Make it better. Mess it up.

Early in any design project is a time of uber-creativity; brainstorming, mind mapping, problem-solving. The creative process is a stumbling block for many in the early stages of design; writer’s block, complacency, indecision. To push yourself to greater heights of creativity it’s helpful to find a way to make a mess of things.

There are many ideas on how to systematize your creative process but Tim Hartford tells the story of how a teenage, german music promoter was responsible for pushing a musician to create the best selling jazz, piano album of all time by providing him with a broken piano:

Creation is messy:


Intentionally inserting some randomness, discomfort or resistance into your creative process will push you to do more than you thought you could, to do better than you thought you were able – If you want to make it better, make a mess.