“…every creative effort is a bit like an A-Team episode. It requires four different mindsets – four distinct personalities with different skills and attitudes.”
This video presents one of the core ideas of Worklfow in under 4 minutes. If you prefer reading, a transcript appears below.
When I was a kid there was a famous series I used to watch, called The A-Team. In case you’re not familiar with it: it’s about a group of 4 guys, each with a unique personality and a specific set of skills. Hannibal was the man with the plan and a master of disguise; BA was a hot-headed muscle man and an excellent driver; ‘Face’ was a con artist with a soft spot for pretty girls; and Murdock was the barking mad pilot who could fly anything. And of course, every mission these guys had, somehow required most of these skills.
I was reminded of this TV series because in fact, every creative effort is a bit like an A-Team episode. It requires four different mindsets – four distinct personalities with different skills and attitudes.
So I’m trying out something new. This blog post is a collection of thoughts, links and tips from this week (which is week #28 of the year, hence the title). Let me know what you think!
Found this old sketch from a few years back. The idea is of course to have each character represent one of the 4 different Workflow mindsets (and they all have purple “capture boots”!). I kinda dig it… wonder why I decided not to use it!
A fun little DIY aid to keep you on top of your workflow. How does it work? Simple: just make sure the side facing you represents the creative stage/persona/mindset you need to be at. It’ll serve as a visual reminder, and create a fun little ‘creative ceremony’ when you transition between stages. Plus, it’s a fun little thing to build! 🙂
This here is a 45 minutes lecture I gave at Bron Animation Studios in Vancouver. It’s an overview of the main concepts of the workflow. You might want to watch it before reading the book, especially if videos work well for you as a learning medium. It’s also a bit more detailed than the overview given in the beginning of the book. Check it out: