Workflow Keyword: Context

'Workflow Keyword' posts are short posts highlighting some of the key concepts of 'Workflow'. Hit the keyword tag to read 'em all!


Context means all the stuff that is not included in your work, but influences it all the same.

For example: when an architect designs a building, the context of his work may be the surrounding landscape, the type of soil, and so on. The given budget and costumer preferences would also be part of the context. Continue reading “Workflow Keyword: Context”

Is Your Computer Killing Your Ideas?

Everything in the digital world is easily undo-able, resize-able, zoom-in-able, copy-paste-able and changeable. But is that really a good thing?

My uncle David used to have a typewriter. This was 30 years ago, when a personal computer was still quite a new concept (let alone a home printer). As a kid who loved to read, the typewriter was an exciting and magical instrument for me: with it, I could literally create ‘real’ books!

One thing I do remember very clearly about using a typewriter Continue reading “Is Your Computer Killing Your Ideas?”

Core Concept: Working in Passes

To get a sense of what working in passes looks like, imagine seeing a cathedral from a great distance.

[Pages 119-157 in Workflow]

Working in passes is the controlled process of advancing your work one step (‘pass‘) at a time towards your vision. Every pass must be short, simple, and focus on improving just a few important aspects of the work.

To get a sense of what working in passes feels like, imagine seeing a cathedral from a great distance. Continue reading “Core Concept: Working in Passes”

Core Concept: The Premake

The premake has many names: model, maquette, demo recording, animatic, mock-up, synopsis, proof of concept, or simply ‘sketch’.

At the very heart of the creative process is the premake: a quick and rough capture of your vision. Think of the premake as an apparition in a fortune teller’s crystal ball: a small, blurred, distorted prophecy of what your finished work is going to be.

This quick sketch has almost as many names as there are forms of creativity. In architecture it’s called Continue reading “Core Concept: The Premake”

The Myth of “Write Drunk, Edit Sober”

Be reckless; be bold; be messy; be silly; be crazy. You can worry about elegance and craftsmanship later; that is, when you revisit and revise your work.

The advice “write drunk – edit sober”, often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, was never given by him – probably because it’s a terrible advice. (link: a report from someone who actually tried it).

However, there is a nugget of wisdom in it. A couple of nuggets, even. Continue reading “The Myth of “Write Drunk, Edit Sober””