“We need copying to build a foundation of knowledge & understanding…

and after that, things can get interesting.” ~ Everything is a Remix

Everything is a Remix is a 4 part video series created by Kirby Ferguson. And part 3, entitled The Elements of Creativity, explains how copying is essential to innovation.

The 7 minute video (which you can watch after the jump) explains that, “Nobody starts out original. We need copying to build a foundation of knowledge and understanding.”

Product engineering is the focus of this part of the series, and the video begins with examples of variations and improvements on existing inventions.

The creation of the personal computer is the main case study, and there’s a bonus 4 minutes or so on the concept of multiple discovery.

Part 1 begins with musical examples of sampling and focuses on Led Zepplin’s repeat copying of other musicians work.

Part 2 explores the way the film industry uses existing creative material focusing on the influences behind Star Wars.

And Part 4 will be released in the fall. You can also donate to support the creation of Everything is a Remix.

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2 Responses to ““We need copying to build a foundation of knowledge & understanding…”

  1. Duann Says:

    Cool find

  2. Courtney Says:

    Love this article. Very cool article and concept. Totally true about the creative process, we look to papel picado designs for inspiration at our laser cutting company (www.papyruscutters.com) Day of the Dead designs are amazing and a different style culturally. Interesting video because coping has such a negative connotation but it is necessary.
    Cheers!