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CreativeMornings [CM]: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

S. Surface [SS]: I don’t worry about defining creativity or applying it to how I spend my time. My policy is to do or make what is right for a situation, regardless of whether that calls for anything creative or innovative.    


[CM]: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

[SS]: Sometimes, issues come up that need to be addressed, so I follow them. I rely more on discernment than inspiration.

[CM]: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

[SS]: Be interesting. Have good ideas, and take initiative to share them with others. Aggressively claim credit and demand recognition and compensation for what you contribute, and also emphatically and warmly recognize the sources that inform you.  

[CM]: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings? 

[SS]: Sara Zewde, landscape architect
Davida Ingram, artist and writer
Dr. micha cárdenas, designer, artist
Robert McNeel, software engineer with a highly influential employee-owned company  
Aseem Agarwala, visual research scientist
Ian Curry, industrial designer


[CM]: What fact about you would surprise people?

[SS]: I have a goofy, vulgar and infantile sense of humor that is largely contingent upon alliteration, portmanteaus and puns. Maybe that is unsurprising?