Originality vs Creativity

With the vast amount of creatives, artists and images posting on social media daily, it is easy to feel the pressure and even worry to create and be original. There’s a constant pressure to keep up with change in technology and be innovative and original.

To be original or to be perceived as such is often considered to be the holy grail of creativity. However, the lines are quite blurred. As we all know, an original idea is a lot harder than we all think. Some believe that true originality does not exist.

However there is a variation. We’ve all lived in different places, grew up on different music, TV shows and have different experiences. This means that each person’s approach to ideas is slightly different. This means that execution of the same idea will vary from person to the next. This opens opens the door to creativity.

Creativity alone isn’t enough to guarantee originality. In many cases, what we call creativity is actually originality, and to make an original contribution, we don’t always have to be creative. The challenge of creativity is to figure out how to use our creativity to create new approaches, new ideas. In this instance, it is important to be able to think outside the box.

It is easy to think that creativity is harder to achieve than originality. Originality is extremely hard to achieve because creativity can be a new expression of an existing idea but originality means developing a completely new idea.

Lucian Freud once said that we should not be concerned that something is good because we made it. The only important thing is the quality of the work. It is time that we realise that we stress originality too much.

Guiding light © Pamela Aminou

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Barry Medlin says:

    Magnificent!! Thank you Pamela!!

    1. pammyv02 says:

      Glad that you like it. Thank you

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