LESSONS FROM THE CREATIVE FRONT LINE
Our team of journalists and photographers have had an instructive month spending
time with a dozen figures in architecture and design around the world. We selected our
subjects carefully: they all have had – are having – enduring and successful careers in the
design profession and have all retained their creative edge thought thick and thin. We
wanted to know what sustains them, so we went to their studios and asked them a simple
question: what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
The answers are instructive and aid our understanding of the creative process. There are
cajolings, urgings, comfortings, philosophical and existential musings and reassurances
that all will be fine in the end.
And of course common themes emerge. Believe in yourself. Stay true to your own vision.
Don’t compromise. Find your own voice. Be always curious. If you’re driven to create,
then create and success will follow. But these are not the vacuous ‘inspirational’ quotes
that clog social media but hard-won lessons from a professional life well lived.
Above all, there are clearly no shortcuts to success. There are mistakes, misfortunes and
wrong turnings along the way. Anyone who thinks there’s a simple template to follow is
As Eoin Billings reminds us in his excellent essay on page 20, everything in our urban
built environment has been ‘designed’. Designed by people, what’s more. All the projects
in this issue have been the result of creative exertions by inventive and resourceful minds.
All have been cogitated and considered the best solution for those projects and those
clients. Even the pictures have been framed and shot by creative photographers. Whatever
the balance of perspiration and inspiration, they’re all the result of the creative process.
We celebrate them and all creative professionals and offer them as inspiration and an aid
to further creativity.
Ray Molony, Editor
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