Ever wonder why you can give a dozen different people the same tools, technology, time limit, and problem to solve and isolate them from each other for a couple hours and every single one of them will come up with a different solution to the problem? Sure, some ideas may be slightly more similar than others, but they’ll all differ in some way. This is because each of the people have experience, knowledge, skills, and an outlook that makes them unique from the others. This amounts to an individual creative perspective all their own.
Your personal Creative Perspective makes your ideas different from everyone else’s
Every see the Val Kilmer movie from 1984 titled Top Secret? It was spy movie set during WWII from the creators of Airplane, so it will filled with silly jokes and site gags.
There is one scene I recall in particular that takes place in the Nazi’s lair with a bunch of bad guys making plans around the table in the background, and telephone right up next to the camera that starts to ring. The phone looks huge because it’s nearest the camera and the Nazi soldiers look smaller because they are off in the distance — at least that’s the perspective you’ve been tricked into believing. It turns out the enemy soldiers aren’t in the far off distance at all, they are directly behind the phone and the telephone looks huge because it is. It’s a giant phone that forces your senses to believe the trick to your visual perception.
It’s a great example of creative perspective because the film director showed you an image that was easily explained by your senses and they they turned it on its head and delivered something unexpected to you.
Your Creative Perspective demonstrates the value of keeping your head in the clouds
I love the photo that is featured at the top of this blog post. It (ice) screams “creative perspective” with an almost literal image of how one person’s personal vision can turn very ordinary things into extraordinary ideas. The photographer uses just a simple ice cream cone and a cloudy sky to deliver a clever piece of visual storytelling.
If you were given the same tools (a camera, an ice cream cone, and the sky) — what kind of creative perspective could you bring to the project?