Investigating the Experience of ‘Letting Go’ in Creative Process of Designers

ICORD 09: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Research into Design, Bangalore, India 07.-09.01.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: Sharma,Aneesha; Poovaiah,Ravi
Section: Creativity, Synthesis and Innovation
Page(s): 86-93


The experience of letting go is much spoken about and written by many practicing creative professionals, especially artists and performers. Many claim that their best works happened when they were in a state of letting go. It is an individual experience which is highly personal, unpredictable and random. Though a lot is talked about letting go experience, this topic is still very subjective and treated as personal. It is left to the creative individual to understand and experience this state. Though this state is very optimal for every creative professional, there is no common language that explores this experience. Initial studies showed that even designers have experienced the phenomenon of letting go. This study investigates the experience of letting go in the creative professional designers, their understanding of the topic, its potential signi cance, and its potential implications

Keywords: Design Theory and Thinking, Peak experience, Flow


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