One major walk away from this reading was the necessity for the creative to keep a sketchbook. I have feared a pen to blank paper for years. I can visualize so many ideas but few make it to imagery and even fewer come to fruition. I have set an intention for my future practice to include visualization through hand sketched repetition of my daily surroundings. As the author notes so eloquently "embracing a regimen for making and securing ideas so they exist beyond the firing of a thought may well be the factor that distinguishes between creative types and critical makers."
Just like Leslie Hirst, the author of "The Art of Critical Making", I have been called "the creative one" for as long as I can remember. Flattering as it is to be considered someone who can reach inspired answers, it can be daunting to find your way to your personal voice. I really connected to the author's perspective on deconstructing a design problem, learning the history, theory, materials, technologies, boundaries and so on before even thinking of a solution. Iteration can be dizzying, especially when the project is your own personal path to your artistic voice or your career goals. But it is sobering to remember us "creatives" aren't alone in feeling that way.