The one sentence summary
If you want to equip yourself for the age of creativity, you need to be a maker, hacker, teacher or thief.
- This is a continuation of the Maker Hacker Teacher Thief book from 2014.
- It is a collection of essays on the same four topics, designed to enhance the reader’s “creative superpowers”.
- Topics range from general creativity in communications businesses through to hat making, free music, education, and frugal innovation around the world.
- The book is impossible to summarise, but some areas in particular catch the eye.
- Morihiro Harano, Creative Director, suggests that to be a great maker:
- Don’t stuff your head with too many facts – this allows free thinking
- Don’t dive in alone – teams are better
- Invade each other’s turf – no one has a monopoly on a topic
- Throw stuff away – kill average stuff
- Sleep – throwing all nighters doesn’t work
- Don’t make shit for shit – bad work for bad products is a disaster
- Love and respect – a bit ethereal this one, but fair enough
- Faris and Rosie Yakob propose that abstraction is the key to creativity. Try:
- Same same but different (a Thai phrase) – a form of adjacent copying
- Abstraction – remove things and apply them elsewhere
- Originality is a myth – ideas are new combinations (of old stuff)
- Praxis is the process by which a theory or skill is embodied in something (the word is not actually explained in the book)
- Transpose patterns from one place to another.
- For more on these principles, see Copy Copy Copy by Mark Earls.
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT
- You can dip into any topic without reading the whole thing end to end.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO WATCH
- As with all essay collections, it doesn’t have one coherent point. In a way this can be viewed as Hacker Maker Teacher Thief volume II, with new examples.
- The lines between making and hacking are very blurred.