13 March 2017, before sunrise...
As a necessary component of creativity, usefulness or utility can be difficult for some to come to terms with. Engineers produce utility (one hopes). Scientists seek to produce utility. But, the artist in the audience cries, what about ART? The answer is...
Usefulness is measured differently for different fundamental types of creative works.
So the long and the short of it is, when you produce novelty and utility in a work, you have creativity.
Deborah K Smith, PhD
As a self-proclaimed mixed media artist and creative professional, I am in my 3rd career, having spent 15 years as a software developer and another 15 as a university professor. My first love and my most demanding one has always been creating whether it be a drawing, a bit of crocheted lace, a cloth doll, a piece of software, a PhD dissertation, or a piece of digital art. I simply LOVE to make things and I see make and make-over opportunities everywhere. My only regret is that there is no possible way that I can live long enough to make all of the things I see in my mind.