Climbing your creative family tree

Today I came across this little exercise from ‘Steal Like an Artist Journal’.

The exercise is simple – note down name of someone who influenced you, then write down their influences and so on.

I started with Steve Jobs and checked Wikipedia entries on people whom I knew influenced him.

My ignorance turned out to be immense. I knew Steve Jobs was influenced by the product design philosophy of Dieter Rams and computer science principles of Alan Kay, but I was quite wanting in knowledge of ideas influencing Rams and Kay themselves. Happy to look up more details on them.

This exercise helps you explore and I suggest you give it a try.

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