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06-27-2008, 11:47 AM
Posted 2008-06-27 10:46:59 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-us/news/article.cfm?mnarticle=getting-a-black-belt-in-creativity-27-06-2008

This article entitled "Getting a Black Belt in Creativity" (http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-us/news/article.cfm?mnarticle=getting-a-black-belt-in-creativity-27-06-2008) briefly describes Mark Bradford's research into connecting aikido and the design process.

From the article: “You imagine having a brainstorm with all the idea flying out from one central point,” he says. “That is the same as an aikido situation - jiyuwaza - which features an individual defending themselves against multiple attackers. It's really trying to take the principals of aikido and applying them to the creative flow.”

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Carl Thompson
07-02-2008, 08:46 PM
I remember a lecturer from the University of Sunderland was doing some research into chi in design, particularly calligraphy (no examples on the site though).

http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/research/rae/staff/staffdetail/index.php?stid=927 (http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/research/rae/staff/staffdetail/index.php?stid=927)


I've also had it suggested to me that I take up Japanese calligraphy to improve my aikido. I'd agree that the concepts of distancing and dynamics that exist in aikido are also present in good design.


07-03-2008, 02:48 PM
Interesting article, and I can see Aikido as a creative stimulus. Then again, as long as a person has the ability/desire to think far "outside the box," a three hundred page document of massive originality can be written about a blade of grass.

Note: The writer may completely lose his/her mind in the process.