A definition in terms:
- Comfort - a physical or moral experience of safety/ ease/ consolation.
- Zone - an area/ partition / region of distinction
The Quiet Art of Discomfiture
- Comfort zones - vital as they are - embody the ‘now’
- Now is good - new is hard
- Creativity needs ‘new’
- But we already know / knew that
A zone is a restriction in terms. Some seek comfort in confinement. Yet with a break in certainty comes promise of adventure. Senses are engaged. Courage strikes a spark. Danger lies ahead (or it should).
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” (John Cage)
A designer should in-build strategies for routine destabilization
Creatives need less creativity. Ideas are built not found
Consider the following when reviewing your next or current project:
How can this work go beyond the c-zone?
Actions for de-creation/ re-creation include:
- Add, subtract, multiply
- Magnify, reduce
- Adapt, divide, combine
- Replace, reuse
My personal style is to make use of lists. Long lists (of words). Specific directives on how to undo or do different
Tell us how you negotiate the ‘c-zone’. What are some strategies you use to good effect?