The difference between Creative and Crazy

We’ve all seen it, some design, sculpture, hairdo, or choice in clothing that is simply crazy, yet somewhat creative. It shocks us, intrigues us, and sometimes even scares us, but what’s the difference between being creative and being crazy, and how do you know which is which? What’s the difference?

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Well here are some distinctions:

Crazy can be defined as being distracted with desire or excitement

  • It seeks the wow factor
  • It isn’t calculated/intentional
  • It creates momentary emotion, not meaningful traditions
  • Is remembered for its irrelevance

Creativity is “the process of having original ideas that have value” – Ken Robinson

  • It seeks the wow factor, strategically
  • It is calculated/intentional
  • It creates meaningful traditions, not momentary emotions
  • Is remembered for its relevance

Although crazy and creative have vast differences there’s also much similarity. It is important - especially within your designs - to remember that there is a place and time for both of these concepts to be used. When it comes to design, being a little crazy AND creative will go a long way. Be strategic; be risky.