Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

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This month I’ve had the plea­sure of meet­ing a few par­tic­u­larly dis­rup­tive cre­atives. Af­ter his high oc­tane, hal­lu­ci­na­tory talk at Us By Night, I talked to Joshua Davis about a po­ten­tial cover col­lab­o­ra­tion. A few days later he sent us 150 files the size of small gal­ax­ies, which me and art ed­i­tor Mark Wynne pro­ceeded to lose our­selves in for the fol­low­ing fort­night. The re­sults, I hope you agree, are beau­ti­ful, chal­leng­ing and fun.

At the same event I sat down with the Dutch le­gend Erik Kes­sels — au­thor of such play­ful books as Failed

It! and En­joy A Day in the Life of Dick. Head to page 19 for a taste of the man’s think­ing. He strongly be­lieves the im­por­tance of mak­ing de­lib­er­ate mis­takes to dis­cover new cre­ative so­lu­tions; to strive to bring your vul­ner­a­bil­ity into your work to en­sure it has per­son­al­ity. In short, dis­rupt your nat­u­ral in­stinct to al­ways be cer­tain, al­ways right.

A third dis­rup­tive flavour came from meet­ing Zach Lieber­man, a ‘code poet’ who fea­tures in our 15 Game Chang­ers fea­ture this is­sue. I love how much of his work in­volves pro­duc­ing non-tra­di­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the hu­man form, with the very core of his out­put be­ing about com­mu­nity and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

‘Be­ing dis­rup­tive’ may con­jure no­tions of punk­ish petu­lance, sub­vert­ing rules to sim­ply get at­ten­tion, but as we dis­cover in the main fea­ture, it can be so much more pro­duc­tive, healthy even. A dis­rup­tive ap­proach to work can, at the very least, help you pro­duce some­thing new. At best, it can make you fall in love all over again with what you do and why you do it. BEREN NEALE Ed­i­tor [email protected]­turenet.com

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