Last week, via the Twitterverse, I came across a video of the legendary John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, giving a lecture on creativity. I originally watched about half of it on YouTube and decided to save the rest for the weekend. Turns out YouTube pulled the video but I found it on Vimeo.
Now, aside from the ultra-conservative Tufte camp of visual thinkers, most of us would agree that creativity in visual thinking is a good thing. So, I thought it would be worthwhile to share the video here. And, in the event that the Vimeo version of the video gets a take-down notice as well, I made some sketchnotes of the lecture which are included below the video. So, if you’re interested at all in the creative process, take the time watch the video.
John Cleese – A Lecture on Creativity
Sketchnotes of John Cleese Lecture on Creativity
Cleeese mentions Donald W. MacKinnon of UC Berkeley several times in the lecture. Here’s a link to a paper of his that I found: