CREATIVITY VS. SKILL
Updated: May 20
Ok, so you’ve “learned” to use Adobe Illustrator. That’s not what we’re talking about when we use the word creativity. There is a huge difference between a gift and a talent. The latter you learn and the former you’re born with.
Creativity is the difference between ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’and ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Guillermo Del Toro’s disobedient fairy tale rival’s Disney’s authority on the experiences of the protagonist by re-contextualising the use of certain elements pulled from a number of classic Disney stories. Basically, he flipped your favorite stereotypical damsel-in-distress act on its ass, creating an ode to the magic of imagination and being unlike anything else we’ve ever seen.
The same could be said for Ari Aster’s ‘Hereditary’. I don’t know about you but when you’ve seen enough horror film’s you kinda end up anticipating what could happen next and truly creative minds don’t like feeling boxed in. Just look at George R.R Martin and Tim Burton they all use context as a door to creative freedom and Ari Aster is no different. In Hereditary, you’re unsure of what’s next. The director did such a good job creating a stressful, oppressive, terrifying, emotionally and physically exhausting experience of the film, you’re not sure if you want to go back for seconds (and that’s saying a lot from someone like me who loves horror films), but curiosity alone will make you do it again because the experience was so distinct.
Creative People See Opportunity, Everyone Else See’s The Matrix
The difference is in the way your brain naturally works! If you’re mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking that means you naturally use the left side of your brain and if you’re more creative and artistic, you use the right side of your brain. Thus, it explains how someone can so easily misinterpret or be offended by branding.
The branding industry is a beast (of a business) on its own but it’s also about using creativity to venture outside the norm. If it makes sense for your brand to swear, then you shouldn’t shy away from doing so if it’s at the expense of communicating something meaningful to the people that matter. While doing this isn’t necessary for more corporate brands, since their needs vary and their pockets are much deeper in comparison to small service brands, certainly appreciating the use of creativity do escape most conservatives.
Corporate voices, for example, are usually very restrained. Sure, they claim they want to “get the message out” but fear actually doing so and for those who dare to walk on the “wild side”, they are spurned for it. Illustrative of this point is an old local furniture store ad:
Now, to me being trained outside of Trinidad, this was a stroke of genius. The message was clear and strong instead of whimpy and generic. It got people angry, it got some people laughing some even loved it but what it really did, it used a context known to many creatives in storytelling as conventions,to channel the voice of the brand, to express why they were better, by flipping the audience’s assumptions about what is considered “advertising” in Trinidad and Tobago upside down. Yet, it was pulled from billboards because of too many limiting, antiquated standards.
Fools do rush in where angles fear to tread but this is another reason why corporate content shouldn’t be confused with small service business content because it’s not the same thing! The voice of a government official will not be the same as the voice of a badass author and brand specialist speaker, or maybe it is! There are some anomalies and we love them dearly but for those particularly outside of those rarities you’re either left-brained or right and to prove this, I’ve prepared a little quiz for you.
I am the Founder and Visual Brand Strategist at The BrandTUB Branding For Small Service Businesses. Sign up to receive these weekly articles in your inbox if you’re not quite ready to work with me yet. And please share my article if you liked it.