Foster Creativity

Transparency’s Implications Are Clear (10-10-14)

Environmental psychologists have been saying for years that too much transparency (literally) in workplaces and elsewhere can create difficult situations. Ethan Bernstein, a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at Harvard, has reached similar conclusions after synthesizing many years of research done by himself and others. He describes the transparency paradox: “For all that transparency does to drive out wasteful practices and promote collaboration and shared learning, too much of it can trigger distortions of fact and counterproductive inhibitions.

Mood and Creativity (06-02-14)

A new study links mood and creativity; it is relevant to designers’ work because design can influence emotional state.  The Monitor on Psychology reports that by randomly contacted adults over a week period (by sending messages to their cellphones to which they were asked to reply) researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro found that “People reported doing something creative around 20 percent of the time, and those who generally reported feeling happy and active were much more likely to be doing something creative in a given moment, such as making up their