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When knowledge constrains.

Our head of digital design told me she tries to stay away from learning more about the coding side of things when thinking about website designs, user experiences, and ilk. Because it would limit her.

She says wouldn't feel able to come up with grand concepts if she knew more about how it actually works.

I think (and write) a lot about innovation and creativity. How people can truly "think outside the box" and come up with thoughts and concepts that haven't yet been created, and could bring about genuine change.

Sometimes I'm lucky enough to come up with an idea that feels fresh. My main problem is that since I strive to be something that will truly stand out so much – and so fiercely – that it stifles me.

So I sometimes feel I spend more time figuring out how to best execute others' innovative ideas rather than coming up with my own.

But still – how is innovation created?

It's such a paradox.

Because to some extent, imagination is the key.

You need someone who can think big and explore thoughts that haven't yet been tackled.

And other times, imagination can be the downfall of innovation and creativity.

Like it says in The Golden Compass (that's Northern Lights for UK readers).
It wasn’t Lyra’s way to brood; she was a sanguine and practical child, and besides, she wasn’t imaginative. No one with much imagination would have thought seriously that it was possible to come all this way and rescue her friend Roger; or, having thought it, an imaginative child would immediately have come up with several ways in which it was impossible.

So how much knowledge and imagination is the right amount? Or does brilliance lie in finding that fine balance between pragmatism and idealism? Perhaps F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best:
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

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