“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”
– Wernher von Braun
Whenever I start on a project I make sure to do some work first. Through the years I’ve found this to be the most efficient way for me.
The reason is that I know that if I start researching first it’s going to be all that much harder to get started. Delving deep into a subject and emerging with what I feel is profound respect and understanding for it. In fact, it’s the part I enjoy doing the most.
But when I get down to work I realize how little I know. At times I let this fact get in the way of getting the work done. I’ve gone through the process too many times not to know that by now.
However, it is a crucial part of the process.
What I feel this does for me is to get my preconceived notions, the way I think things should be, out of the way.
Let’s say that someone asks us to draw a flower. The first thing we do is to draw a symbol, icon or other visual representation of a flower.
If we compare that drawing with actual flowers most of the time it will not look the same. We’ll get the jist of it being a flower but it won’t feel as authentic.
Now, if we first draw the flower and then go out and do research on flowers we’ll understand more about the discrepancies between what we think a flower should look like and what it actually looks like.
Then when we present it to people they’re more likely to feel like there’s some substance to the drawing.
The same goes for acting, design, writing, science, psychology, business or what have you.
When we get to go out into the world and challenge our prejudices we have the opportunity to come out the other end all the wiser.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!