‘Creative’ is an Adjective, Not A Noun!
Ian Lurie Apr 2 2007
‘Creative’ is not a noun. Ad agencies started calling the pretty stuff ‘creative’. I’m not sure why. But it annoys the hell out of me.
It cheapens creativity to think that ‘creative’ is just about a commercial, or a web site, or a banner. And it cheapens truly creative people.
The big winners in marketing learn that ‘creative’ is a way of thinking, not something you print in a magazine or put on the web, and they learn that in internet marketing it’s all creative: The way you build your applications, your choice of vehicles, the overall message, everything.
So when Seth Godin writes about real creativity and the constraints that drive it, he’s also talking about creativity driven by client needs.
And when the folks at 37Signals talk about great interface design and fast, lean development, they’re talking about being creative, not making it.
And when I talk about it, I’m talking about everyone I work with: Designers, developers, writers, account managers. Everyone.
It’s an adjective, people. Not a noun. C-r-e-a-t-i-v-e. I even looked it up:
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More